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Which Photo Sharing Site Is For You?

June 12, 2007

I have tried several sites. ImageShack, Flickr, Picasa Web Albums, and then this year Photobucket.

I use ImageShack and Photobucket mostly for image hosting (especially posting pictures in the blog or forum). Here is the comparison between Flickr and Photobucket (sharing vs hosting).

As for Flickr vs Picasa Web (i. e., sharing but also allowing to link pictures, there are many many discussions in the blogs. For instance, Digital Inspiration chose Flickr as a winner; on the other hand, Kishor concluded that for free account go for Picasa Web and for a pro account it’s Flickr, which I agree.

My Experience:

I wanted a free account for my private photos and another one for linking pictures. I chose Picasa Web for the former. It has 1GB for free account and it is integrated with Picasa. I have used Picasa for organizing photos and simple adjustment on photos (contrast and light etc) and it’s also quite handy to upload the photos from it.

Flickr’s free account limits on the bandwidth per month (not the total size of your photos), only shows the latest 200 photos in your account, allows only three sets for slideshow. These points are inconvenient for me.

One biggest drawback in Picasa Web is that they don’t have a community like Flickr’s. But this isn’t a big deal for me, because I only share my private photos with friends. If this is important to you, then you better go for Flickr (pro).

Desktop Photo Software:

Picasa is easy to use and is free. Picasa doesn’t overwrite your original photos. If you like the modification, you need to export the photo, which will show the changes you made. In this tutorial, it demonstrates what you can do to tune up your photos. As for the organization part, check out this article, “Organize your digital photos with Picasa“.

If you want to upload photos to Flickr from Picasa, you can install this plug-in, picasa2flickr.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. mjuboy permalink
    June 23, 2007 9:23 pm

    Thanks for mentioning my review in your post! :)

  2. John permalink
    July 21, 2007 12:27 am

    I like http://www.prestoshare.com/ they don’t limit bandwidth, or the amout you upload.

  3. sami permalink
    June 12, 2009 6:23 pm

    I have tried some of the more well known sites already (Flickr, SmugMug, Picasa and some smaller ones)

    The ones that I have come to really like are snapfish and BlueMelon. They are simple to use and allow you to organizate your photos without any limits to the number of albums/categories in a tree. BlueMelon offers a good set of uploaders – java, flash and a downloadable java application to completely manage the entire collection and as such is accessible to anyone. Snapfish has got a fine uploader as well.

    There are two major differences : snapfish offers unlimited storage with the problem that they resize your pictures once they are of a higher quality and this makes it unsuitable for both storing and presenting your high-quality photos. As of BlueMelon : the originals of the images are stored on the servers, but there is 1GB of free storage available – this, however, is usually more than enough and for 25 USD a year you get unlimited storage.

    Both of them are simple and BlueMelon offers some features that snapfish does not.

    Now you just need to take your pick or (like me) use them both.

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