Im four months into my dSLR experience with 8k+ images and I feel like I have some good ones to share. I have never held any images outside of my computer, 3-4 years ago I did some experimenting with Picasa, in order to share some common event pictures among my relatives, but it did not work out for me in a long run.
I want to start storing some of my work on web in order to share it and allow friend to download some images. Please point me into right direction with this. Preferably, free of charge storage. I see a lot of members here post links to their Flickr account. Is this a good solution to start with?
I have been using Zenfolio for several years and I could not be more pleased. It meets all of my needs including serving as online backup, easy sharing of my work with family and friends, and password protection for online viewing if desired. Options relating to access, security, and layout of your personal pages are amazing. You can customize the site to be almost anything you might imagine. And surprisingly, turning the site into your personal online photo sharing web page is very simple and easy. You might want to give it a look. My site is at http://evansphotojournal.zenfolio.com if you want to see an example. I know that there are many similar sites available and I must admit I have only tried Zenfolio. Therefore, consider this recommendation with that in mind.
thanks a lot for your suggestions. Flickr worked for me quite well for the first time, even though i have some confusion with invitations (resolved) and setting up a gallery (still not done, but i do not need it for now).
Flickr doesn't have a gallery system the way you're thinking about it. Flickr "Galleries" are for showing *other* people's Flickr photos - you're the curator, not the photographer. Flickr's set system is the nearest but doesn't have a "portfolio" look. I share more photos on Flickr and like the community there, but for gallery/portfolio type sharing, I prefer 500px.
I've tried every method mentioned above. I became a little worried about the flickr approach, not wanting to put grandchild photos in public view (probably not defensible concern, but hey!). Sharing via email is difficult to impossible given the size of the photo files these days. For the past few months I have used Dropbox. It works well for sharing photo files and (increasingly important) video files with friends and family via emailing links to specific files or folders. Super easy.
>I've tried every method mentioned above. I became >a little worried about the flickr approach, not wanting to >put grandchild photos in public view (probably not defensible >concern, but hey!).
The "unlisted" and password protected features of Smugmug (and zenfolio has similar as do many others) address that. When I do photos I do want seen, I can just send someone a link. No passwords needed, but it's not in the menus or searchable (that's unlisted).
I certainly agree for most wanting a sharing site you need to make sure you can control access adequately.
>I've tried every method mentioned above. I became >a little worried about the flickr approach, not wanting to >put grandchild photos in public view (probably not defensible >concern, but hey!). Sharing via email is >
Flickr has different levels of access. Ranging from public to private. In total five levels.
SmugMug - You can make photos as public or private as you want Searchable or not, either through search engines or within the SmugMug site Right click protect to prevent others from downloading or not Access photos through your site, via URL, or PW or no access (completely private) Allow others to order prints or not Make metadata available or not Title photos and enter descriptions or not Many different backgrounds and viewing options
This just skims the surface of features, really.
Need to read the additional features available as price points increase, and decide what you want/need. Tech support available.
Note: Within a group of photos at the lowest hierarchical level you choose, most features apply to all photos within that group, and cannot be applied individually to photos within the group, in so far as I know. I have never had reason to do the latter, so am not certain.