Which Photo Sharing Site Is For You?
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.
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.