Whats your favorite online photo sharing site (free or pay) ?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by techmonkey, Sep 24, 2007.


Whats your favorite online photo sharing service (free or pay)?

  1. Flickr

    50 vote(s)
  2. Picasa Online (Google)

    9 vote(s)
  3. Fotki

    1 vote(s)
  4. PhotoBucket

    5 vote(s)
  5. Other (Please post)

    15 vote(s)
  1. techmonkey macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2007
    Im doing research to see what the best deal for an online photo sharing account is. Ive been using a free account for Flickr, and Ive been very impressed with the UI and ease of use uploading and editing. I have my own domain name, but Ive been very disappointed with whats available (Gallery1/2 and Coppermine Gallery).

    What do you use for online photo sharing? Anyone know a good site that does both photo and video?
  2. Westside guy macrumors 603

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    I'm not totally sold on Flickr, but when I was hunting around a few years ago it seemed to be the best of what was out there. However it doesn't seem to be changing much, so perhaps others have added features that make them superior now - I'll have to look around when my membership ends (which is sometime in 2009, I think - "old skool" paying members got a deal where they added two free years - out of the blue - on top of whatever you payed for. Of course that was before Yahoo swooped in...).
  3. techmonkey thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2007
    I started doing research on site comparisons, but it seems like most of the reviews are 2-3 years old. Ill post something here if I find an up-to-date review.
  4. epicwelshman macrumors 6502a


    Apr 6, 2006
    Nassau, Bahamas
    I've always had very good experience with my Flickr Pro account, and I love that the bandwidth on the photos is unlimited.
  5. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    I like Picasa, for the simplicity of exporting iPhoto albums directly to it (plug-in page).
  6. timnosenzo macrumors 6502a


    Jun 21, 2004
    ct, us
    I love my SmugMug site! Depending on what site level you get, you can customize your site quite a bit, and you can even use your own domain. There are plug-ins available for iPhoto and Aperture, as well as a stand alone app for uploads.
  7. maestrokev macrumors 6502a


    Apr 23, 2007
    You can't beat Phanfare if you want own domain name, videos, photos and Amazon S3 backup. You get what you pay for.
  8. kwajo.com macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2002
    Bay of Fundy
    Lately I've been using the .mac web gallery features and I really love them. I think Apple needs to add more user control to the equation, but the rest of the features have really impressed me.

    As for free sites, photobucket is the best IMO.
  9. techmonkey thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2007
    Phanfare has some really nice features, thanks for the post. The downside is its pretty expensive. Im already paying for hosting on my domain. You are right though, you get what you pay for. Im going to sign up for a trial account to see how the photo and video upload works.
  10. DCBass macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2004
    Washington, DC
    I'm currently debating which service to use myself.

    For me, being a cheapskate, I'm looking mostly at either Flickr or Picasa. Also, I find both of their interfaces and layouts to be much cleaner and smoother than any other option. In the end, I think I'll use Picasaweb for sharing pics with family and friends, and use Flickr for hobby photos and joining photo pools with random people.

    + for Picasa over Flickr:
    *Can upload videos
    *Very easy to order prints from either Shutterfly or Photoworks, both good print shops in my experience
    *Visitors can download full size originals, or whole albums in one fell swoop.

    + for Flickr over Picasa:
    *Much cheaper to get unlimited storage than Google
    *Beautiful presentation of the photos, both in slideshow, individual, and album views

    Fortunately, it is very easy to upload to both with either iPhoto or Aperture.
    Hope this helps.

  11. cutsman macrumors regular

    Jun 1, 2006
    I tried a number of photo hosting sites and narrowed my choices down to Smugmug and Zenfolio. Ultimately, I went with Zenfolio because I liked the cleaner interface.

    I believe most of these sites have free trials. I think the best way to decide which site to go with would just be to try them out and see which one you like most.
  12. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

    Clix Pix

    Oct 9, 2005
    8 miles from the Apple Store at Tysons (VA)
  13. Martin C macrumors 6502a

    Martin C

    Nov 5, 2006
    New York City
    Flickr by a long shot. It's almost addicting sometimes.
  14. Quiara macrumors regular


    Sep 17, 2007
    I used imagemagician for a loooooong time. And then it died. So then I moved to photobucket and I've just never looked anywhere else. Flickr is too much like Facebook Lite for me. I just want a place to host pics and vids and such and not worry about all the other stuff. I have LJ and Facebook and MySpace and Ravelry and a host of other places for my networking needs. ^_^
  15. dagored macrumors 65816

    Sep 18, 2007
    Smugmug the last couple of years. Never a problem.
  16. termina3 macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2007

    For two reasons: great customer service and unlim storage/bandwith.

    Their customer service usually respond in MINUTES.

    In addition, a month ago it was late (10pm CST) Thursday and I needed photos for a grieving family by Saturday morning. Smugmug not only pushed my order to the top of the pile at their printing facility, but upgraded the shipping to overnight/sat. AM free of charge. I got the photos 6pm Friday and was able to hand deliver them Saturday morning.

    Who else would have done this, let alone free of charge? They're truly compassionate and devoted people.
  17. Aperture macrumors 68000


    Mar 19, 2006
    SmugMug is great for a paid site. The best free site is Flickr, hands down.
  18. youngestchild macrumors regular

    Feb 22, 2005

    hey.. i've just started using Picasa and think it's pretty good for a free site - i have a gmail account so it was the easy choice. I really don't see much difference between flickr and picasa though (i haven't used flickr but have looked through the sites introduction)... i think the photo comments section on flickr is a bit ugly.
  19. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    I have set up a Picasa site, since I already have a GMail account which I use for a couple of other things... and that was an extremely user friendly experience, so I guess Picasa is my favourite, even if I haven't really tried the others... :p

    But since I have my own domain I don't really need it... if I want to share photos I'll just post them there... :)
  20. techmonkey thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2007
    You use Picasa on your own domain? How do you do that? I also have my own domain, but im not happy with the free solutions like Gallery1/2 and Coppermine Gallery.
  21. RevToTheRedline macrumors 6502a


    Sep 27, 2007
    I pay for the Flickr account, very much worth it. I use it a LOT

    Their features and services are awesome.
  22. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I use Zenfolio pretty much for the same reason. However, what truly sold me was I e-mailed both Smugmug and Zenfolio, asked a rather lame but important question. Zenfolio responded in one day. I've yet to hear from Smugmug.
    Pbase is another good one but not as clean as I'd like to see a photo sharing site.
  23. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    Ah... sorry, no... what I meant was that I can upload whatever images I want to my own domain, so I don't really need any photo sharing site... :eek:

    I just tested picasa out of curiosity, and to get a feel for how it was.

    The nicest gallery for your own site I've found, so far, is SimpleViewer, which even has it's own iPhoto export tool (and there's also an Aperture plug-in available). Nice and easy. :)
  24. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

    Scarlet Fever

    Jul 22, 2005
  25. JeffTL macrumors 6502a

    Dec 18, 2003
    My favorite is still Lightroom web galleries on your choice of Web server, but Facebook is quite handy.

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