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BEST ONLINE PHOTO SHARING SERVICE

largebore

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largebore Silver Member Nikonian since 17th Jan 2011
Mon 12-Nov-12 02:11 PM | edited Mon 12-Nov-12 02:12 PM by largebore

Not sure where the best place to post this is, but from all of the choices this seems to be a good place.

What is the best or atleast preferred software or service to use to post albums for others to see.. I like something more than just a matrix of images.
I tried Smugmug and like the presentation options. So looking for some ideas from those that have used the different services..

Selling photos on-line is not important to me.


Looking at Flicker, Smugmug, Picasso, Photobucket etc....

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JosephK

Seattle, WA, US
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#1. "RE: BEST ONLINE PHOTO SHARING SERVICE" | In response to Reply # 0

JosephK Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit. Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006
Mon 12-Nov-12 10:42 PM

Each site has characteristics that will govern how it presents your pictures. For example, Flickr tends to focus on the social aspects while Smugmug focuses on the presentation with an eye to sales.

To that end, I use them in that light. I use Smugmug to hold the good stuff hoping for sales; Flickr for the "here's a shot a took".

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#2. "RE: BEST ONLINE PHOTO SHARING SERVICE" | In response to Reply # 0

cogrady Silver Member Nikonian since 29th Jan 2009
Tue 13-Nov-12 12:44 AM

For what it's worth I use Zenfolio. Easy to use, easy to customize, and ready for photo sales when you want to go that route.

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archivue

Paris, FR
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#3. "RE: BEST ONLINE PHOTO SHARING SERVICE" | In response to Reply # 0

archivue Registered since 26th Mar 2002
Tue 13-Nov-12 07:32 AM

I don't really know what is "best", as it depends on one's use...
I favor Flickr, as it's cheap enough ("Pro" version), has a big database, and has good copyright rules (even though they don't enforce them directly most times, they are there!).

While the usual layout of the site isn't really a "showcase" for one's pictures, you can use for that thousands of API based applications, either through a sent link (style: "The 50mm f/1.8G is a neat little lens" - http://www.fluidr.com/photos/archivue/tags/50mmf18g/interesting), or even having those displayed on your web site, through the database on Flickr !

It's easy to search for given topics, such as photographic hardware or geographical locations. I'm always surprised to see pictures of some architecture sites that I know are closed to public or difficult to access or that haven't been published for years... It can be a great information resource !
I saw and followed some young photographers (usually french ) who started there with some small photojournalistic tryouts, see them grow to fame (and see their pictures in news magazines) and even, in a sad case, learn of the death of one of them in a car crash in a far away part of the world....!

I know of photo agencies or publicity ones, going regularly through searches on Flickr to find what they need and ask the author for rights to publish or to work with the picture as a backdrop...
Some stealing does occur though!

So, it may be a "social oriented" site, but it's really huge, free for the basics, easy and quick access, and with the API thing can be mixed at every "sauce" you dream of...

Jacques

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largebore

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#4. "RE: BEST ONLINE PHOTO SHARING SERVICE" | In response to Reply # 3

largebore Silver Member Nikonian since 17th Jan 2011
Tue 13-Nov-12 10:09 AM | edited Tue 13-Nov-12 10:11 AM by largebore

> I don't really know what is "best", as it depends
>on one's use...
>I favor Flickr, as it's cheap enough ("Pro"
>version), has a big database, and has good copyright rules

>-
>http://www.fluidr.com/photos/archivue/tags/50mmf18g/interesting),
>or even having those displayed on your web site, through the
>database on Flickr !
>
>

Thanks the photos on the fluidr site were really good.
I have no need to sell photos, create a blog, gather feedback or rate photos, just interested in the presentation of different photo groupings.

Caught between smugmug and zenfolio. Both look good.

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BrianS

Longmeadow, US
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#5. "RE: BEST ONLINE PHOTO SHARING SERVICE" | In response to Reply # 4

BrianS Silver Member Nikonian since 18th Feb 2007
Thu 15-Nov-12 10:28 PM | edited Thu 15-Nov-12 10:28 PM by BrianS

I'll give another thumbs up for Zenfolio. Its where I host my client galleries. It seems like they are constantly adding new features as well. I can export to Zenfolio right out of Lightroom, via a plug-in.

Here's the link to my Zenfolio site.
http://briansullivan.zenfolio.com/

My galleries are a bit more geared towards weddings but they have many other customization options as well.

Best of luck with your decision.

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agitater

Toronto, CA
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agitater Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 18th Jan 2007
Sat 17-Nov-12 08:00 PM

I've always like Photo.Net best. Have a look at:

http://photo.net/photos/agitater

I like the user interface, I like the forums, I like the huge database of information.

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Ned_L

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Ned_L Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, especially Travel Photography Charter Member
Sun 18-Nov-12 09:47 PM

I use Smugmug primarily because of the customization, the presentation qualities, and the protection you can employ for the photos. Their online and phone assistance in helping you make your galleries look the way you desire is second to none. I have a pro account.

Which service is best for you has to do with your needs, and desire for what you want from the site. All the services have pluses and minuses according to you what you actually want. There is no single service which is best for all.

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photomia

MD, US
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#8. "Zenfolio Plug-in" | In response to Reply # 5

photomia Registered since 15th Jan 2011
Tue 12-Mar-13 12:57 AM

I have never purchased or used a plug-in until now. I just bought the Zenfolio to LR plug-in and I have absolutely no idea how to get it so I can use it.

I see it in my downloads. I click it and it whisks itself off somewhere, but for the life of my I don't know where it goes!! I have tried dragging it to my desktop and then to LR, but that doesn't work either. One or twice (I have been working on this all night!) it opens my LR3 catalog and not my recently upgraded LR4. Even then, I can't see it. And it doesn't appear in my Plug-in Manager on my MAC.

I am so anxious to use it to download my images to my Zenfolio website. Can you offer some guidance?

Thanks,

Pat

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Ned_L

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Ned_L Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, especially Travel Photography Charter Member
Tue 12-Mar-13 12:42 PM

This plugin allows you to export images from Lightroom directly to your Zenfolio account, which I assume you have. You really need to take your question to the Plug-ins: Nik, Imagenomic & Others Forum for the best assistance. Good luck.

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spiritualized67

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spiritualized67 Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas, most notably in Street & Landscape Photography Nikonian since 28th Feb 2007
Tue 12-Mar-13 01:59 PM

I would second Smug. Based on my experience, I think Zenfolio is another good one.

In addition to the customization capability of Smug, they don't compress images on import - so I've found their image quality to most closely match what I see on my color-managed monitor when viewing raw files...and for me, that's priceless.

~Dan
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largebore

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#11. "RE: BEST ONLINE PHOTO SHARING SERVICE" | In response to Reply # 10

largebore Silver Member Nikonian since 17th Jan 2011
Thu 14-Mar-13 09:30 AM

>I would second Smug. Based on my experience, I think Zenfolio
>is another good one.
>
>In addition to the customization capability of Smug, they
>don't compress images on import - so I've found their image
>quality to most closely match what I see on my color-managed
>monitor when viewing raw files...and for me, that's
>priceless.
>
>~Dan
>www.danielstainer.com


Thanks I went with SMUGMUG and I am very happy with it.

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Ned_L

Philadelphia, US
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Ned_L Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, especially Travel Photography Charter Member
Thu 14-Mar-13 11:59 AM

Use it in good health Michael.

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GiantTristan

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GiantTristan Silver Member Nikonian since 08th Jan 2006
Thu 14-Mar-13 11:56 PM

Have been using SnugMug for many years and I am quite happy with this site.

Tristan

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sulkyrob

Doreen, AU
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#14. "RE: BEST ONLINE PHOTO SHARING SERVICE" | In response to Reply # 13

sulkyrob Gold Member Nikonian since 07th Jan 2007
Fri 15-Mar-13 07:31 AM

I have read in a discussion forum that services like Flickr strip out all your metadata which, of course, includes any embedded copyright information. Consequently when others look at your images on Flickr they don't see any protection or author information and may feel able to just use as they see fit.

Happy to be corrected by someone who knows if this is not true.

My solution is to have my own website - but that was both an intellectual exercise to see if I could (and obviously not to everyone's taste) and a vehicle to display my stuff!!

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Bass rock

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Bass rock Registered since 21st Dec 2007
Sat 16-Mar-13 07:13 AM

I will add PBase.com to the list of hosts to consider. It has an aspect of a social site to it, is so far as people can comment on pictures, but also is very flexible in how you can layout your galleries, slideshows etc.

My galleries as an example www.pbase.com/bassrock

Bill
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