Most of photo sharing sites are competing for our attention by offering free accounts with providing many features. Here in this article we are introducing some of the best photo sharing sites.
Picking the Best Photo Sharing Sites
As you know, each photo sharing site has its specific features. So you need to choose the one which meets your needs based on what you want to get out of it.
To do so, here we have provided some considerations for you in order to help you narrow down your choices.
1. Picasa (Web Albums)
Picasa is Google’s take on a photo site. It is clean, it’s free, it’s fast and reliable. Picasa is especially known for its desktop application that can organize and edit your photos. I can recommend this software whatever photo sharing website you are going to use.
The free web component offers 1GB of space for photos and videos and unlimited bandwidth. A feature that you will not find quickly somewhere else is facial recognition. The only paid advantage that you can get is a storage upgrade that you’ll be able to share with your Gmail account. Yearly prices in dollars or euros (they are the same, oddly enough) range from 5,- for 20 GB to 4069,- for 16 TB (yes, that’s terabytes). I’m not sure who’d have four thousand dollars to spend on photo storage, but I guess they’re the same people who have 16 terabytes of photos.
2. “Flickr” Is One of Photo Sharing Sites
Out of all the photo sharing sites, Flickr‘s community is the best. Most photos are public, and it is tempting to spend hours exploring the groups and reading discussions about photos.
The user interface is excellent, with drag and drop organizing, online photo editing, and easy linking. You can even plot your whole trip by dragging your photos onto a map.
Flickr limits you to 100 MB of uploads each calendar month. That can be frustrating if you want to upload your entire back catalog, but it allows steady portfolio growth. However, only the 200 most recent images will be displayed on your Flickr page.
Don’t expect to clear up your memory card by uploading on the road, unless you are satisfied with lower image sizes. You cannot download your photos in their original sizes. If you upload a large photo (10MB limit), the largest downloadable file is still less than 1 megapixel.
Ovi is the portal of Nokia. Their photo sharing site is inconveniently named “Share on Ovi” or “Ovi Share by Nokia” or something. The important thing here however is that anyone can use the site for free whatever mobile phone you have.
The latest Nokia smartphones do come with an easy way to synchronize their photos to Ovi Share however. Nokia bought the company Twango in 2007 and rebuilt it to Ovi Share, which opened to the public in February 2008. Earlier this year however Nokia announced they will not improve the site much further due to disappointing usage numbers. This excellent site will remain live and free though.
Ovi actually comes closest to the features you get with a paid Flickr Pro membership. Unlimited storage and bandwidth and a very nice clear interface.
4. “Snapixel” One of the Other Photo Sharing Sites
Snapixel is a very clean photosite. So what’s special about Snapixel? It is a photo sharing site and marketplace in one. You can use it to sell and buy stockphotos, but also just use it as your photo storage. There is a free version and a $9.95 / year Pro version.
It’s geared towards professional photography and therefore offers 5GB of space but a limited bandwidth. Another limit is that images must be .JPG and have to be wider than 665 pixels. It is nice though that selling your images is very accessible, so it is great for any semi-professional or starting photographer.
Photobucket has some of the best online photo editing — useful for travelers on public computers. It also offers easy linking and the ability to send photos to MySpace, Blogger, Facebook, Friendster, and others.
On this photo sharing site, a free account has 1 GB of storage. The maximum photo size is 1MB or 1024 by 768. A few odd limitations – a maximum of 30 photos per slideshow and 25GB of traffic per month. If there are a lot of popular links to your photos, you might reach this limit and your photos will no longer display on those other websites.
This photo sharing site has also joined those sites that allow videos. The video must be less than 5 minutes and less than 100MB.
I like Webshots for many of the same reasons I like Flickr. It is easy to browse and search other peoples photos and comment on them to your heart’s content.
They also are very handy if you want to use your account as an archive for linking to your website. Beside each picture you can easily click on the size image you want and the html code is generated automatically.
The storage limit rewards long time members. It starts at 1000 images and adds another 100 each month.
Where Webshots falls behind is in excessive ad clutter. Also, there are few options for online photo editing. You can crop and rotate, but not much more.
Unlimited storage, easy drag and drop organizing, and online photo editing tools make Shutterfly a good choice. However, the actual photo sharing is frustrating. The community section allows you to browse slideshows, but not individual photos. You can only comment on the entire slideshow.
Even though there is no limit to the photo size that you can upload, it will be reduced and you will not be able to access the original file size.
Finally, Shutterfly has no features for creating links to a picture from another website.
8. “Migratr” Is One of the Other Photo Sharing Sites
When you have picked a photo sharing site, you can easily migrate your photos to it using Migratr. This application downloads all of your photos to your computer and then uploads them to a site of your choice. It is really easy and the best thing is, it also exports all of your metadata such as titles and tags.
You can also just use it as a backup system for your photos. A bummer is that you will not be able to retrieve any photos over the 200 limit of Flickr if you don’t have the Pro membership. It doesn’t support Ovi and Snapixel yet, but you can make a Flickr backup with Migratr and than use bulk upload on your new site. Snapixel does support adding tags and titles to images by IPTC.
9. Kodak Gallery
Unlimited storage makes Kodak Gallery tempting, but there are numerous catches. They only accept JPEG format and you have to make a purchase from them at least every 12 months to maintain your free storage. If you need a personalized mouse pad, then this is place is for you.
Kodak Gallery doesn’t have a sharing community. You can post your photos and invite specific people to look at them, but you cannot browse through groups of other people’s photos. And, of course, you can’t download your original high resolution images.
This is one of the websites that is offering video as well, but they are so restrictive that I wouldn’t use them. They only accept one format (mov) and they only promise to keep it available for 30 days.
10. “Zoomr” One of the Other Photo Sharing Sites
Zooomr is a very complete photo sharing website, more geared towards social sharing. You get practically all of the features for free, a paid account only frees you from ads and lets you know who faved and commented on your images. There is a page called the Zipline which shows all the latest photos and activity of your contacts. Also, it is possible to make a profile for yourself.
Zooomr also offers unlimited storage space and bandwidth, but doesn’t support videos. As it focuses more on social interaction you get profiles, an overview of activity and people tagging and geotagging.
Closing It Out
So please give me some advice. Should I transfer my photos to another site? Will I choose the dependability and clearness of Picasa, the complete features of Share.Ovi, the social functions of Zooomr, the marketplace and professional setup of Snapixel or the easiness of Photobucket? Or do you know another even better photo sharing site? If yes, let us to be informed in the comment section below.