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List of 45 photo sharing sites

photo_sharing_sitesIf you’ve been looking for a place to share your photos online, I’m sure you’ve thought about using Flickr and there’s nothing wrong with that choice–its the biggest photo sharing site around right now.

Curious what else is out there? Photography Bay has put together a list of 45 different photo sharing sites, any number of which might meet what you’re looking for. Keep in mind that not all of them are free.

1. 23 – It’s adding new features extremely fast, support in the forums is almost instantaneous and its interface is very clean.

2. Animus3 – Free photoblog hosting. Unlimited images and bandwidth. Search engine optimization for your photos.

3. Art Limited – Photos, art and critics galore.

4. DeviantART – DeviantART is probably less of a photo sharing site than any of the other sites listed here. Check out what’s been popular lately at DeviantART.

5. DropShots – Hails itself as a next generation photo and video sharing site. DropShots looks and works kind of like a desktop application.

6. Flickr – Flickr is great for sharing photos for free. It’s definately the biggest photo sharing community on the web.

7. FocalPower – Currently in a closed alpha phase, but it shows promise.

8. Fotki – Fotki seems like it’s really trying to outdo Flickr, and may be succeeding in some areas. While Fotki is easy to use, it has a lot of different options that can be overwhelming at first. One rather popular feature that’s prominent on the front page is free unlimited photo hosting for websites, blogs, emails and auctions.

9. Fotolog – Kind of Flickr meets MySpace.

10. Gallery 2 – is an open source photo album organizer packed with a ton of options for websites.

11. Humble Voice – More than just photography, it’s for artists of all genres – film, word, photography, art and music

12. ImageEvent – Available in premium and pro-premium flavors, at $24.95 and $64.95 per year respectively. The premium version allows you to store 1500 images. The pro-premium is unlimited. ImageEvent allows you to upload in a variety of ways – everything from a single file upload, to using ftp or even .zip files and more. You can also share a ton of other file formats, including videos and even documents. You can sign up for a free 21-day trial to take it for a test drive.

13. Ipernity – Share whatever you want with whoever you want – photos, videos, audio, docs. Currently in beta and free to join.

14. Kodak Gallery – Commonly known as a source for cheap prints for your snapshots. However, you can sign up for the premium service to enable enhanced hosting features and get a break on 4×6″ prints for only $0.10. There are two plans, one for $25 and one for $50. The latter of the two gives you the $0.10 print break. You can also get unique domain, such as http://www.kodakgallery.com/yournamehere. Unlimited download bandwidth applies to both plans.

15. Koffee Photo – Software and online hosting combined into one.

16. Multiply – For true multimedia types. It’s likely to be a big hit with bloggers and facebook fans due to the integrated sharing options.

17. My Photo Album – Another unlimited photo hosting option. My Photo Album also permits video hosting. Also good for bloggers and socialites on the likes of MySpace and Facebook for its integrated sharing. There are quite a few typos in the copy of the pages that I browsed through, along with some browser compatibility issues, which makes the site and service seem kind of amateurish. Interestingly, the main page features a banner seeking current Flickr users and provides instructions on how to migrate your Flickr account to My Photo Album.

18. One True Media – A very Web 2.0 looking site that’s clearly geared toward social media users and bloggers. Makes slideshow and video montages, among other things like photo books and ecards. Not really a photo hosting solution, but if you need to feature a slideshow on your blog, it could be an option.

19. Panoramio – Acquired by Google last year, Panoramio is photo sharing meets GPS. Works with ATP’s Photo Finder to geotag photos automatically.

20. PBase – PBase does not offer a free account option. You get 500MB of storage for $23 per year and you can get 1500MB for $60 per year. Additional storage can be added at any time in increments of 500MB. You can create an unlimited number of galleries from your photos stored on PBase’s servers.

PBase offers StatCounter, Google Analytics and Extreme Tracking capabilities for each of your galleries. There is also a PBase forum community that users can participate in. PBase users also publish a professional looking magazine, aptly named PBase Magazine, that has a pretty cool history.

21. Phanfare – Very family oriented with security features as a headline offering.

22. Photo.net – Photo.net will likely only appeal to serious photographers. It is a huge community of amateur and professional photographers with a variety of skill levels and photographic experiences.

You can upload your photos and submit them for comment and critique. Likewise, you can comment and critique fellow photographers’ submissions. You get your own gallery to post photos into. You get a few more features by making a $20 donation each year.

Additionally, you can participate in the very active (and moderated) forums. I’ve learned a lot from photo.net over the past couple of years. I still find myself reading the forums and asking the occasional question when I need some advice on a particular matter. If you’re new to photography or you simply want to learn more, photo.net is probably one of the better online resources out there.

23. Photobucket – Photobucket is a media management site for photos and video. It allows one click publishing to sites like MySpace, Facebook, Friendster and Xanga. It is clearly geared toward the social media user. You can use Photobucket to create slideshows of photos and video mashups.

There’s a 1GB space limit for images and video clips in free accounts. That’s not much when you consider file sizes of photos these days. Additionally, free accounts are limited to 25GB of monthly bandwidth. That’s quite a lot bandwidth for photos; however, I’m not sure how long that would hold up if you’ve got a lot of video clips on there.

24. PhotoSIG – Another more serious photography community.

25. Photoworks – Supporting both film and digital, Photoworks offers services that appeal to those who like Kodak Gallery. I recall using Photoworks a dozen or so years ago for film processing, which seemed to work ok at the time; however, I don’t think that I’ve used Photoworks in the past decade. That sentence makes me feel older than I want to.

26. Photrade – Share Photos. Get Paid.

27. Picasa – Google’s free photo organizer. It combines editing software with photo sharing solutions via Picasa Web Albums.

28. Picateers – Fundraising meets photography.

29. Pickle -Hails itself as next-gen media sharing. Photos and videos in one. Instant sharing via camera phones.

30. PicMe – A unique take on photo organization for online sharing. PicMe sets itself with organizing your photos into stacks.

31. Pix.ie – More free photo sharing. It seems a lot like Flickr, except it’s Irish.

32. Pixamo – Again, similar to Flickr, but a little more like Flickr meets Facebook. Your free account gets you 2 gigs of total storage, which can get chewed up pretty quick if you’re uploading full-res images.

33. RedBubble – Not limited to just photos, RedBubble is truly an artist’s site.

34. rmbr – More photo sharing and fun for the social media hooligans out there.

35. Shutterfly – Yeah, you’ve heard of these guys. More printing and sharing on par with Kodak Gallery and others like them. Shutterfly has been really pushing their photobooks. Admittedly, they look pretty cool for fun projects, but their photo quality from prints is rather lacking.

36. Slide – Taking the MySpace and Facebook crowd by storm, Slide offers photo hosting and sharing, simple editing, slideshow creations and more. Not to be taken too seriously, but if you need their services, it’s totally free.

37. SmugMug – Ah, SmugMug. SmugMug is my personal favorite for sharing and hosting images on the web. There’s no free plan to choose from; however, it is well worth the price of admission for me. The SmugMug Standard Account is $39.95 per year. The SmugMug Power Account is $59.95 per year. The SmugMug Pro Account is $149.95 per year. You can see the differences in the features here.

SmugMug keeps 4 backup copies of each photo in 3 states. You get unlimited storage in all plans. Your can see your photos without registering, and without spam. The handful of times that I’ve needed to contact support, they’ve gotten back to me with a real answer within minutes.

Pro users get the ability to sell photos and set their own prices. I don’t sell a lot of photos; however, I share tons. I use SmugMug to share photos on Photography Bay and with friends and family. I can make galleries private or password protected and even limit the size of photos that are viewable by others. SmugMug also allows you to employ right-click protection to keep the pervasive use of downloading curbed. I know there are ways around it, but it’s not as easy to do as Flickr.

The print quality that you get from SmugMug is surprisingly good. Printing is outsourced through EZ Prints and you get the option to use auto-enhancing or your own true color adjustments. It’s not on par with the likes of MyPhotopipe.com, but it beats the heck out of Wal-Mart.

If you think more polished look of SmugMug is your cup of tea, you can use this code ( 7jCtURK05RxCQ ) in the ‘Referred by’ field on the signup form to save $5 from whatever account you sign up for. (Disclosure: Photography Bay gets a credit as well.)

38. Snapfish.com by HP – Another popular photo printer like Kodak and Shutterfly. Snapfish offers unlimited hosted options and a variety of print options. You can still send film in to get developed at Snapfish too.

39. Tabblo – A place to make cool stuff with your photos.

40. Walgreens – Yep, you can upload photos to Walgreens.com. $0.12 prints and limited sharing options. Not that you would, but you could.

41. Webshots – Seems like a decent photo hosting and sharing site with both free and premium accounts. The free account gives you 1000 photos plus 100 more for each month of membership. Premium accounts ups the ante to 5000 photos plus 500 more for each month of membership. You can also download the Webshots Desktop software.

42. Winkflash – Buy prints for $0.06 for a 4×6″ print. Get unlimited storage – forever. Public sharing with your custom domain, like YourName.winkflash.com. Sounds good.

43. Zenfolio – Where pros go to share their photos. Zenfolio is a hosting service for photo galleries. You can upload and elegantly share an unlimited number of photos using simple and intuitive tools. Prices range from $25 to $100 per year. Reminds me of SmugMug in functionality. Uses EZ Photo (same as SmugMug) and MPix for printing. Check out a demo album.

44. Zooomr -Reminds me a lot of Flickr. It has many of the same photo sharing features, like SmartSets (think Flickr sets, but smarter) and Groups. Additionally, with Zooomr you get unlimited bandwidth, file storage and uploading and . . . it’s all free. One thing Zooomr does that Flickr doesn’t is the Zipline. Basically, Zipline allows you to keep in touch with what your contacts are doing, as they’re doing it. Uploading is also simpler with Zooomr. The interface is as intuitive as a Mac and you get great and simple visual feedback on your uploads, file by file.

You can also get a pro account with Zooomr. While you can’t do any better than unlimited for your photo sharing options, you’ll get some increased functionality from Zooomr’s social aspects.

45. Zoto – Unlimited storage. No ads. Beautiful interface. One year memberships start at $19.95.

For a bit more info on some of these services, check out the post at Photography Bay.

[Via Photography Bay]


2 responses

  1. Check also http://www.expono.com

    June 10, 2009 at 10:11 am

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