People are always looking for new ways to upload, organize, and share their photos online. With the popularity of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, people want to be able to manage their photos in one centralized location, while being able to update family and friends who use these social networks on their latest photos.
You will find a great list of photo sharing sites all with similar features, however each are unique in their own way. Explore the different options to see what fits your photo sharing needs.
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With 23, you can keep all of your photos in one central place. Organize, share and even order real prints from your account. With great features like bulk uploading, email photos in batch, and customized album colors, allows you to manage your photo collection. Browse the community albums to see what people have recently uploaded, make a comment on photos you like, and even post photos to your Facebook account.
23 will allow you to upload up to 25 photos a month for free. For $25/month you can upload unlimited photos to your account. Sign up for a free account.
One of the most popular photo sharing sites, Flickr, allows you to upload, edit, organize, and share your photos. Organizing your photos has never been easier with the “collections”, “sets”, and “tags” features. If you want to only share photos with certain people, Flickr has privacy features that allow you to pick who can see which photos, along with a usage license for copyright protection.
Make uploading photos easier with the Flickr desktop application. This app is a stand alone desktop tool that lets you connect to your Flickr account and easily upload photos directly from your desktop.
Photobucket will allow you to upload all of your photos and videos to your account to share with everyone. Family and friends can view your photos without having to sign up for an account. You can share photos by email, IM and mobile links. It also comes with a built in organizer, editor, and searching tool to help you find your photos quickly.
With the scrapbook builder, you can build online and printed scrapbooks by a simple drag and drop feature. You can also create slideshows with their slideshow builder, and post it on your website, blog or profile.
Along with being able to upload, organize and share your photo collection, you can buy professional prints, screensavers, and wallpapers. They also have a full ecommerce site that lets you buy calendars, cards, mugs, office gifts…all customized using your photos.
If you are looking to do more than just have a place to upload your photos, this is a great option. With the e-store and the ability to order prints you can do a lot more with your pictures than most other photo sharing sites. There are two different accounts, free and premium. See an account comparison to see which account type is right for you.
Google acquired the photo sharing site, Picasa in 2004. Since then, Google has improved the service by offering excellent usability, updated uploading, sharing, and editing features to touch up your photos.
Similar to Flickr, Picasa also has a desktop feature that will allow you to connect to your account and organize your photos on your hard drive. You can easily pick which photos on your computer that you would like to add to your web-based account.
Upload unlimited photos without the worries of spam or advertisements within your account. Customize your account by changing the colors, layout, fonts and graphics. Purchase professional prints and gifts like photo books, posters, framed prints, and holiday cards…all at great prices. If you are worried about your photos getting deleted, SmugMug has that solved. SmugMug uses Amazon.com to safely backup your photos with their network of datacenters. If you would like to retrieve your photos you can do so by downloading them or put them on a DVD.
You can try SmugMug for free, however their are 3 different price points for premium accounts. Premium accounts start from $39.95.
Create a free account and have no limits on uploading, storing and archiving photos. The free account does however come with advertisements, but can be removed by purchasing a premium account. There is a social community aspect that allows you to see who “Faved” and commented on your photos with a featured called “Social Stream”.
Get up to 5GB of free space on eSnips so you can upload and share not only photos, but files, videos and music. If you like to share things other than just photos, this is probably a site you should sign-up for. eSnips can act like a mobile hard drive that can be accessed from any computer. You can also connect with the community and people who share similar interests as you. There is now a new feature that will allow you to upload and publish your photos to eSnips via Twitter.
Photie is a free photo sharing site that allows you to upload photos with no file size restrictions and unlimited storage. Easily post your photos to your own website, social network profile, and photie community. You can also keep track of where people are looking at your photos across the web. Access your photos from anywhere, share your photos publicly with your family and friends, and back up your photos by gaining unlimited storage space.
Upload and share your photos with your friends right from your email. Members of Shutterfly will be able to get printed photos delivered directly to your home. Shutterfly comes with uploading options for PC, Mac, and Mobile users. You can also mail in a CD of photos, use software like Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 or Picasa desktop software to send directly to your Shutterfly account.
Shutterfly also comes with a photo store that allows you to turn your pictures into a wonderful product. Create customized photo books, cards, stationery, calendars, and gifts.
Fotki is known as a photo sharing, photo printing, photo selling and blogging site. What makes Fotki unique is the social community aspect. Interact with other Fotki users to comment, share and make friends in a fun community environment. Fotki also holds weekly contests where you can showcase your latest photos and gain recognition within the community.
A great place to host and share photos with your friends and family. Pbase allows you to create a profile, upload your photos and share with other base members.
You can get a yearly membership for only $23, which includes 500 MB of photo storage or for $60 you can get 1500 MB of storage. If you want to try before you by, they offer a free account that allows you to see the features before you commit to a premium membership.
13. Blue Melon
Get up to 1GB of free photo storage with a Blue Melon account. Install their desktop application and upload existing photos from Flickr, Picasa, SmugMug or Facebook. With an easy drag and drop system you can move photos into albums, then organize each album into categories. You can personalize your albums with customized themes and layouts, as well as create slideshows and embed your slideshow into your website or blog. Once your photos are uploaded, feel free to print them using various sizes and layouts.
Shozam allows you to create a website for your photos, making it easy for users to navigate your photo album. Packages start at $24.95, which include creating a website in just minutes, upload your photos to any website, and the ability to make money from your photo galleries.
Store, organize, and share 1GB of free photos with your friends and family. Pikeo has built a community around people who love to travel and take pictures from around the world. You can create your own group and publish photos, allowing other fans to comment and connect with you. Invite friends to your group to join in the fun!
Have you ever wanted an easy way to keep in touch with family and friends? Well now you can with LifeSnapz. Capture life events with photo sharing, videos, timelines, and maps and share them with your family. Create a digital scrapbook or diary with your family of memorable events that happen. Keep your photos and videos private by only sharing your content with people you know.
Share your photos, visit photo albums, and create slideshows for your blog or website. ComBoost comes with neat features like full screen slideshows, PDF printing and the ability to download photos in 5 different formats. If you are looking to create a slideshow of your photos, you can customize it with colors, titles, and comments. Visit a public gallery to see other peoples photos, or receive an invitation from one of your friends.
Jalbum has published over 28 million photos and over 5.5 million app downloads. In order to create an account you must create your own personal url on the jalbum.net website…and best of all, it’s free. Once you have uploaded your photos you can customized the look of your albums with skins and themes. There have social widgets you can use to paste into your blog or website.
Feel free to publish your photos, video, and audio to anything like your blog or website. There is also a powerful feature that can let you search through all of your content to find what you are looking for.
Search through the different groups to find photographs that interest you. Join groups, leave comments, view other photos by the group owner and download photos you like.
The Kodak Gallery allows you to do much more than just upload your favorite photos. Have the ability to create photo products like calendars, prints, frames, cards, photo books and more. Unlike many of the photo sharing sites, this is probably the most flexible site in terms of creating unique products that incorporate your photos. To make things easier, you can use the Kodak editing software that will make it easier for you to upload, organize and share your photos.
The iPhoto software will do wonders for editing your photos. Crop, retouch, remove red-eye, then share on the web with places like Facebook, mobile me, and Flickr. Design custom photos, books, cards, and calendars. Apple also leverages the latest face recognition technology that will be able to recognize peoples faces and tag them properly.
You can also purchase iLife, which lets you get the most out of your photos, movies and music. Organize photos, makes a movie, and publish photos on a website.
Are you an avid traveler? Panoramio allows you to upload your photos and tag them with places you have been from around the world. Panoramio uses the Google Maps API to give users the ability to browse photos with the ease of clicking on a spot on the world map. This is a great resource or anyone looking to travel to different parts of the world, and want to see what pictures others have already taken.
Phanfare comes with unlimited storage for all of your photos and HD videos, create your own photo website, a customized url, high quality 720p HD video, slideshow creation, and safeguard disaster to backup all of your digital photos and videos.
Phanfare comes with a 14 day free trial, to let you enjoy the unlimited storage, beautiful web albums, and other great features, before you purchase a subscription. If you are looking for a package to purchase, you can buy a premium or pro package that give you different options and the flexiblity based on your needs.
Snapfish by HP has over 70 million members in over 20 countries and over 2 billion photos stored online! There are over 100 customizable photo gifts, free photo editing tools, mobile uploading, subscription video uploading, and the ability to share with only family and friends.
Receive a free account with online digital photo printing, free online photo albums, digital photo sharing services and fun photo gifts. Sign up now and get unlimited storage and 50 free 4×6 prints with your first upload. Get great discounts on printing your photos, with 35% off all calendars and 9 cents for 4×6 photos.
Woophy is looking for the help of amateur photographers to upload their photos and cover ever inch of the world with images that represent the world’s beauty. Users can upload their photos and browse the community photos to see recent and top rated photos of the day.
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