Online Photo Sharing within Private Group - Recommendations?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by PDJ-SF, Apr 18, 2016.

  1. PDJ-SF macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2011
    Looking for suggestions and recommendations.

    The objective is to find an online host / service to share photos among a private group. In this case, it is a organization of mothers and daughters whose activities are to support local charities. The group has been in existence for decades and will continue long after the current participants have "graduated". I do not want to create my own sharing infrastructure using OSx server so control can be easily passed to the next administrator. The group wants to adopt (create) a system for sharing of photos online among the members of the group but not for the general public.

    Privileges - I foresee the need for 3 levels of access privileges: (A) Administrators - control everything (one or two people), (B) Contributors- take photos at events and upload them (maybe 12 people), (C) viewers - member of the group who can view and even download individual photos (up to 200 people). Creating individual specific authentications for the Administrators and Contributors would not be a large burden. For the User group, I would prefer to have a site password that is communicated to the group rather than having to create individual log-ins.

    Structure - I would think a multi-tiered folder structure is probably the most efficient. Such as Level 1 Folder - the group, Level 2 Folders by class years Class of 2017, Class of 2018, etc plus a Multi-class folder for events that include participants from more than 1 class. Level 3 folders by Date of Event, Level 4 folders by Event Name. Open to all suggestions. Also, is there an easy way to add folder info to the image files' metadata. (Metadata example: Group; Class of 2017; April 1, 1976; Founder's Day).

    Additional features - I do not expect the group to add the names of the people who appear in each photo. Do any of the sharing sites offer facial recognition or similar gee-whiz technology to make the sharing experience faster, better, slicker?

    Fee or Free - I expect there will be a cost to the hosting / service. I am of the view that if you are not paying $ for the service, the service is getting something else of value from you. In this case, we want the photos to remain private.

    Thank you for all your ideas.
  2. campyguy macrumors 68040

    Mar 21, 2014
    Portland / Seattle
    Professionally - for my engineering firm/job, we/I use a Sharepoint portal in my Office 365 space. I'm not recommending this option, but it works, it's slick in that it's available via the web/Windows/Linux/OS X/Android/iOS/Windows Phone.

    Personally, ALL of my friends use Cluster and Shutterfly.

    FWIW, I do own and use a Mini Server - but not for this!!!
  3. JDDavis macrumors 65816


    Jan 16, 2009
    Maybe Zenfolio but I'm not sure if it provides all the controls you are looking for. I have used it for years and I have a section that is open to anyone and a section that is limited to family only with a password. I believe you could set it up the way you want. There is also a mobile app that you can provide general viewers through an email link that lets them view a specific portfolio. You can set it up with just about any kind of folder/gallery structure you want.

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