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....
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...
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
>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.
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!!
Rob Wyatt A Nikonian from Melbourne, Australia
D300, Nikon 17-55, Nikon 70-200, and Nikon 200-400, SB600
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.