Best photo hosting?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by cygni, Apr 22, 2006.

  1. cygni macrumors regular

    cygni

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    Hi, I am getting into digital photography a bit and need a place to store fotos online. Anyone have recommendations for membership photo hosting? I am preferably looking for something that is free, but will pay a $25ish or less for a site that doesn't have restrictions on types of pics and allows the album to be set to private or viewable by select people. so far I have only found photobucket and flickr, but would like to find a few more.

    Thanks for any help!
     
  2. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

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    Check out Smugmug at http://www.smugmug.com. They offer a free account and a couple of tiers of paid accounts which have progressively more features and flexibility. The account holder can designate private galleries as opposed to publicly viewable ones. If you mean by "restrictions on types of pics" something which is of a suggestive or frankly sexual nature, I really don't know if they have any policies about that, since that's not the type of shooting I do. I'm sure that if you read their TOS (Terms of Service) that will tell you what you need to know.

    PBase (http://wwww.pbase.com) is another site, one which is used by many professional and enthusiastic amateur photographers. I believe they offer a free trial but then you do need to pay on an annual basis to have an account there. I don't think that there is any sort of tiered structure, but simply if you want more space, you pay more money. Again, you'd have to read their TOS to see what their policies are with regard to specific types of images.
     
  3. cygni thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you!
    I checked the both out:
    smugmug isn't a possibility due to their fairly vague nude foto policy.
    pbase seems like something i am looking for and is in the correct price range, however, they reserve the right to censor fotos in "questionable taste".

    my pics aren't vulgar in the least, but I do not want to be censored either... particularly when paying for a service. thanks again for your help.
     
  4. Rocky3478 macrumors regular

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    I think that you'll have a hard time with posting censored images on the web. My recommendation would be to build your own web site and host it on a box of your own...
     
  5. Heb1228 macrumors 68020

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    I think photobucket.com might be worth looking at. Completely free. I use it to store any images I post on these forums and a few other uses. I know they don't allow porn but I'm not sure how they are about nude artwork.

    If you don't title each image, its basically impossible for anyone to find unless they know your user name.
     
  6. cygni thread starter macrumors regular

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    thank you everyone for the replies. i opened 2 accounts yesteday, one with flickr and the other photobucket. flickr seems really cool and it is possible to set fotos to private, that's a nice feature. photobucket is a basic site, however, it is possible to block access to all fotos and share what you want.

    now I can go crazy w/ taking my amateur pics, storage is no longer an issue. :D
     
  7. Heb1228 macrumors 68020

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    I know photobucket does have an option to make your photos private... i haven't used it so I'm not sure how it works. I just know they have a huge amount of storage and bandwidth for free.
     
  8. efoto macrumors 68030

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    I really enjoy Printroom however the Pro account is $99/yr which may be more than you'd like to spend. I love their setup and how they deal with customers, great print quality, shipping, etc.

    They have a free account but I'm not sure how much space they give you and you can't set your own prices. With Pro you get more space (especially if you know the trick ;) ) and you can list your own prices, crop/editing options, and setup your entire storefront. Very good establishment, look into it.
     
  9. tektonnic macrumors 6502

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    Seeing as nobody has mentioned it, Flickr is great, there is a monthly upload limit and set limit on the free service and for about 25 bucks you get a massive upload limit and unlimited sets.

    It has nice features like tags too and a real community feel to it if you want people to comment, but equally you can turn that off it you want.

    I thinks its ace.

    I also think you can put anything up, Ive seen a few naughty bits on there - i wasnt looking for them though!
     
  10. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

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    Hey, efoto! Long time no see! Welcome back! :)
     
  11. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    Look at a .Mac account and the most recent iPhoto, or RapidWeaver. My site in my sig is my work in progress with RapidWeaver. You might also look at PhotoSig (http://www.photosig.com/) you can gain some feedback on your individual images (as well as gaining points in reviewing others images.
     
  12. efoto macrumors 68030

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    Thank you.
    Not sure how long I'm here for, stopping in for a bit to say hello though ;)
     
  13. kd5boc macrumors newbie

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    By the way...www.flickr.com is also compatible with iPhoto, and they even have a mac upload program for free that tells you how much monthly bandwidth you've used.
     
  14. PBGPowerbook macrumors regular

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    it's so easy just to get a cheap domain of your own choosing, a small hosting package and just link to the pictures -- or a bit of minor html and you have your own gallery...

    i never understand why people use photosharing sites except free ones for party/vacation pics and so on.

    i had never done a thing on the internet and made my own photo website in one evening.

    i think i pay around US $30 a year for more bandwidth than i could ever use
     
  15. efoto macrumors 68030

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    Probably depends a bit on your area (hosting prices) and how many people are checking out your images. When I did my cousin's wedding recently and posted those pictures (on my Printroom account) I had a ton of viewings and orders, more than my personal site could have handled for the hosting set I have. Getting more bandwidth on my site would cost nearly the same as the Printroom account plus I'd have to deal with orders/printing....that's why I, and I assume others, use photo sites instead of personal sites.
     
  16. cygni thread starter macrumors regular

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    for an update, wanted to let you know the whole not titling the pic didn't work, lol. one day i logged into photobucket, the (2) questionable images were gone and a note was left that they violated their photo policy. no biggie though, photobucket is still a qaulity photo hosting site. I dump all of my images there with no problems. plus, i love having the album set to private and give out passwords for friends/family in the pics. :)

    also, flickr is a quality site. it has a good community and many of the photographers are amazing. edit: i am in total agreement w/ tektonnic

    thanks for the recommendations!
     
  17. shieldyoureyes macrumors 6502

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    I'm going to have to put my vote in for flickr. I've had a Pro Account for 2 years, and have no complaints yet.

    Yes, you can mark photos as private when you upload them, so no one can see them, or just friends can see them.
     
  18. Aperture macrumors 68000

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    Can you really get a SmugMug account for free or are we talking about a free trial?
     
  19. Erast Fandorin macrumors newbie

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    for me http://photo-hosting.winsoftmagic.com/ is the best
    Simple as Google, really effective, and absolutly free)
     
  20. Edge100 macrumors 68000

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    It's a free 14-day trial. I have a "Power" account ($60/year) and it's worth every penny.
     
  21. shady825 macrumors 68000

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    Deviant Art
    They let you post any kind of pictures. I believe there is no limit as to how many pictures either.
     
  22. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

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    Zenfolio is another excellent photo galleries site....easy to upload, easy to arrange your images, etc. http://www.zenfolio.com
     
  23. jbernie macrumors 6502a

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    Not that I am concerned about what content you are posting but be wary with Flickr and making sure things are tagged correctly etc. Also, do not rely on Flickr as a way to back up your images. Flickr's handling of questionable content can equal you trying to login one day and finding your account no longer exists with no way to get any recourse. You can and will be deleted if too many people block you amongst other things.

    Not telling you to avoid the site, just be cautious and careful.


    I have smugmug for my hosting, though i use it more as a way to share with friends/family than to make $$$, even though I have a Pro account.
    (A friend of mine has done some work for Smugmug and I have benefited from that with an extra year extension of my Pro account for no cost)
     
  24. termina3 macrumors 65816

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    hmmm... somehow I think the OP has already made his decision at some point in the past 2+ years.

    My vote goes to smugmug, which offers a free trial, but no free accounts. I think their base account comes in at $35/year ($25?), with unlimited bandwith and JPEG storage. I don't think they'll censor it if it's in a private album and it's art.
     

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