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8 Great Photo Sharing Sites

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I know I’ve spoken recently about how to increase traffic to your photography site by improving it’s SEO. So it only seemed logical to look at some places where you can create your photography site (maybe these posts should have been the other way around!).

The list below contains what I feel are the most popular of these sites (it’s not a definitive list). Ranging from sites that provide professional looking portfolio sites where you can sell your work. Right down to sites where you can simply just share your photographs. Most of them offer free accounts but with limited useage and restrictions. And they give you the option to upgrade to a pro paid for account. So in no particular order:

1. PhotoShelter

You’ll see some well known professional photographers on Photoshelter as they cater for everyone by creating powerful portfolio websites. They also give you the ability to sell those images as prints through your site as well. Photoshelter is run by photographers so they understand what you need and how you need the site to run. Their simplist account is free. And then they offer a range of pro accounts with different benefits.

2. SmugMug

Smugmug is another site that will cater for the whole range of photographers. Like Photoshelter their sites look attractive straight off and they are committed to helping the photographer succeed. They don’t have a free account though, but they do have a range of paid for accounts with a ‘pro zone’. Having said that, if you’re looking for a professional looking photography site to promote and start selling your images from. Then I think you would find it hard to choose between Photoshelter and Smugmug. I know I would.

3. RedBubble

Redbubble is primarily a community site where you can upload and sell your images from, in a wide variety of formats and even on t-shirts. They do have a free account and give you a free ‘bubble site’ with your account. Which is a basic portfolio type site – take a look at my bubble site to get the idea. The bubble site can also be easily integrated into a blog, as you can see from the ‘prints’ tab in the navigation bar of this blog.

4. Shutterfly

This is where the sites start to change a little. From a portfolio site to display your work and promote yourself as a photographer, to a site that’s more focussed on prodcuing and selling your images as an end product eg. cards, calendars, photo gifts, prints etc… They still provide a website to share (which is the focus) your images. And the account is free it just has a more ‘relaxed’ feel to it.

5. Flickr

What more do I need to say. Probably the most well known photo sharing site out there, and I’d guess the largest. They have free accounts and the option to upgrade to pro when you get to 200 images, they also give you the option to make prints, framed prints and photo books etc… If  you want you can view my Flickr photostream and take a look around, there’s a very strong community feel to Flickr and I enjoy having an account there.

6. Zooomr

Zoomr is more of a Flickr type photo sharing site and looks to have some very similar features, with pro and normal accounts. A true photo sharing site, I love the way their home page is just a ton of images that you can search through easily within different categories.

7. AdoramaPix

This is a new site to me anyway, that I came across recently. Actually until then I thought they sold photographic gear (which they do) only and didn’t know they had a print side. And that’s what they seem to focus on. Although they do offer photo sharing (or photo galleries as they call them) and storage they pride themselves on producing the finest quality digital prints. I think they’re a very interesting site and I’ll be looking into them deeper.

8. ImageShack

This is a site that I’ve heard a lot about and it’s been around for a while but I have only found it recently. It’s hard to get a feel for what the structure is like and how it works without joining though! Simply because it’s not as visual and informative when you reach the home page as the others. That’s not necessarily a bad thing but when you’re working with visual people like photographers…

Their service is free and gives you good control over your images. Which they have a lot of and they are obviously a popular site, catering more towards the ‘relaxed’ Zooomr photo sharing end of the market.

All of these sites are good so it’s down to personal taste as to which one to use. I’m looking for more of a portfolio type site that I can promote, partly because I already have a Flickr account. And that’s why I created my Redbubble site. And in the future I’ll look toward Photoshelter or Smugmug to take it to the next level.

Have I missed any photo sharing sites that you use? Let us know below in the comments…

Mandy

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  3. I have been using a new photo sharing site called Digitalgrams and think it is pretty cool. I see new features being added each time I come back. You can share photos, send them as photo e-cards, the user interface is good, but what I really like is they have this photo personalization feature where you can add a transparent digital frame to your photo.

  4. This is a fantastic post. I’ve just learned about Smugmug and have been debating if I want to move my site from Shutterfly. This has given me a lot to consider.

  5. I just signed up with http://www.mejuba.com. Unlimited storage for both videos and pictures and it’s completly free. No monthly limits or qoutas.
    Photos and videos are stored in their original formats and sizes and are kept unmodified for backup.
    I also like that you can geo-tag your stuff so it shows up on a map. And you can search for stuff on the map – that’s cool!.
    As the only site i know of it uses a Windows Explorer like navigation with folders – super eacy to use – even has drag and drop!.
    I can highly recommend it.

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    @Crimson – photo frame sounds good

    @Dario – Yes Deviantart is good, I’ve been looking at it recently

    @Mark – I’ve not heard of this one, thanks

    @Kimberly – glad I gave you something to think about!

    @Peter – Thanks for adding this site Peter – looks good

  7. Wedding photography is my forte and I’m looking for somewhere where I can create individual galleries for each wedding. Where I can upload the images for the couple to peruse at their discretion and maybe even forward to family & friends. The galleries must be private, i.e. visible only to the couple that I send the link to. Unable to be seen by casual browsers.
    Free is ideal but I don’t mind paying for what I want.
    Any suggestions?

  8. if you want to try something different from the services mentioned on this article, have a look at http://pixi.me/whyus.php – we use Gallery, the open source web based photo album organizer. Have a secondary backup location for all your photos or just have more control/privacy with them using the Gallery. If you have web hosting somewhere, take a peek at your control panel – you’ll mostly likely see a 1-click installer for it.

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    @Corey – most photo sharing sites now have privacy settings so you can choose exactly who can see your photos or albums – Photobucket for example.

    @Steve – Thanks for adding this one it looks interesting, sounds like Gallery could easily be integrated into a blog?

    @photofreak – the better digital photography gets the more photo sharing sites are going to pop up, and they’re only going to get better – it’s keeping up with them that could be the hard part?

  10. I use a new site called http://inmyphotofolder.com – Their custom App(PhotoSync) for Windows and Mac takes care of uploading pictures and folders that you want to publish. Its the only way for managing a large online photo collection. Site keeps originals. Unlimited number of photos and folders.

  11. Hi there!
    First of all, thank you Mandy for this nice blog and great articles!
    I’ve been using wordpress.com for my pictures, but it is more aimed towards blogging in general. But I like it :).
    Other site I’ve just recently found is 500px.com. It looks very good and you can make your own portfolio there, create photostories and photosets. It also seems to have quite some traffic.
    Take care, enjoy shooting!
    Katka

  12. I am not a professional photographer and I use some of the most simple editing software out there. That being said, I am glad I fell into your thread while searching for something else.
    I have used Flickr for a long time, because of the sense of community, unlike some of the other sites that are just storage/display sites.
    However, I visit ViewBug.com every day. They offer a free acct and a few levels of paid accts. The site hosts multiple contests, projects and a format for selling prints.

  13. I wanted a photo sharing website that allows me to share easily but does not allow others to download the photographs. I want just to share and add on copyright information. Can you suggest anything?

  14. Another good free site if you want to stop unintended sharing of “private” photos is Vulavu.com. As far as I know, it’s the only site specifically designed for posting private photos between two people in a way that they don’t get saved on the receiver’s phone or computer. Plus, the images are private and can NOT be seen by the public. The site was designed specifically to stop unintended sharing of photos. It also lets you choose how many times someone can view your photos, and you can set the time to view a photo to expire. The site gives you good control over your images so you can feel safe. It’s something to consider – check it out.

  15. I use shalbum. Available for android and IOS. There is also http://www.shalbum.com to upload DSLR and other photos from desktop. What I like about this app is its simple, effortless and my privacy is respected. Photos are stored in cloud so no space issues and employers can’t see my party photos.

    This app does it for me coz sharing albums don’t need heavy lifting of inviting each individual through email or whatever. An integrated group messaging feature allows me to share it quickly with my friends. My friends can even conviniently search my password protected albums.

    You can also directly post your pictures from this app to Facebook with a single click. Most people only share a few photos on Facebook, but in reality they have a lot more photos that they don’t want the whole world to see. That’s where Shalbum comes in, its a bridge between your phone and Facebook, where your privacy is intact and still get to share content with relevant groups of people. GO shalbum, you guys rock.

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