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Good photo sharing for a beginner+ who wants to grow?
Hello everyone .

I've read a lot of threads on this matter yet I've still not been able to make up my mind on this, so here I go ^_^ I'm looking for a photo sharing website, like flickr, to put my photos online. I looked at nearly every possibility listed on this forums, I've still not found the "right" option for my needs; basically, I'm not a professional photographer but every now and then a keeper pops from my camera, so I need to:.

* be able to upload my photos, choosing wich galleries I want to be public, wich I want to be private and possibly password limiting the access to some galleries (this way I'll show to the world only the best photos, but if I've to share "sub-standard" images with a friend I can put them in a password locked gallery).

* If I ever take a REALLY GOOD photo, I want to be able to sell it... not to make a living out of it, just to make a few bucks and think "well my hobby at least partially pays itself" .

* Have a multi language interface if possible (need English and Italian).

* Slick look interface (i love smugmug's one).

* a good community around it.

* The less the price, the better.

I've checked a lot of sites, but seems that no-one completely meets my needs:.

Flickr: I don't like the interface, but the community seems great. I can't sell prints and I don't know if I can password protect galleries.

Smugmug: not free, and I don't know how the community is; yet I like the interface (don't know if it's multi language, but it's awesome looking) and I can sell my photos.

Zenfolio: like smugmug, but I like the interface a little less.

Picasa: basically is like uploading to a webdrive... you've got a gallery but nothing else.

DeviantArt: basic free accounts can sell photos, but I don't know what else you can do, or if the community is goood.

Can anyone help me find the right choice for me? don't hesitate to suggest me sites I've not listed, I'm open to all possibilities ..

Comments (10)

Http://www.pbase.com.

I think it would have all the things you are looking for..

It's a very nice site, and I've been using it for some years now. You can even get a free trial to see if it's what you want. If you'd like to see my gallery, it's athttp://www.pbase.com/lucy.

Good luck to you..

Gaspaenr wrote:.

Hello everyone I've read a lot of threads on this matter yet I've still not beenable to make up my mind on this, so here I go ^_^ I'm looking for aphoto sharing website, like flickr, to put my photos online. I lookedat nearly every possibility listed on this forums, I've still notfound the "right" option for my needs; basically, I'm not aprofessional photographer but every now and then a keeper pops frommy camera, so I need to:.

* be able to upload my photos, choosing wich galleries I want to bepublic, wich I want to be private and possibly password limiting theaccess to some galleries (this way I'll show to the world only thebest photos, but if I've to share "sub-standard" images with a friendI can put them in a password locked gallery).

Pbase can do this.

* If I ever take a REALLY GOOD photo, I want to be able to sell it...not to make a living out of it, just to make a few bucks and think"well my hobby at least partially pays itself" .

Pbase offers sales of photos.

* Have a multi language interface if possible (need English and Italian).

* Slick look interface (i love smugmug's one).

* a good community around it.

* The less the price, the better.

$24 per year is quite reasonable.

LucyU ZI owner!Olympus C30-20Zhttp://www.pbase.com/lucyFCAS Member #98, Oly Division'Photography is the art of seeing what others do not.'.

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Comment #1

Zenfolio is the best out of the ones you mention. I use it and recommend it. it has the best interface, and the most professional designs, and it is very inexpensive..

It does not have an italian interface, but neither do other sites..

Pttravel photography and exotic destinations:http://phototouille.zenfolio.com..

Comment #2

Thanks to both of you! While I've still not decided what of these I'll use, I appreciated your opinion  maybe i'll try the trials of these and choose the one that suits me best ^_^ Thanks..

Comment #3

A question, if you've the time  Does zenfolio allow to leave comments or to rate the posted photos?..

Comment #4

As of now, no. Zenfolio does not provide for commenting on photos or galleries, but is planning on adding that soon (from their Customer Support folks)..

Zenfolio hasn't been around as long as other sites, so it is still growing and adding features - but so far I think it's great..

Albert-O.

Http://www.berto.zenfolio.com.

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Comment #5

At smugmug I upload all worth of uploading. I create private galleries when need to share with family or friends only. People can buy prints from there with gopod print quality. Lot of customisation options..

I use shutterpoint to sell image files, it's not free but I like minimum price of $25 on this site opose to microstock that I refuse to use..

Webaperture - free, small family type community to share ideas and get friendly advice..

Flickr - free, high traffic, lot of groups, many young talented photographers..

Usefilm - free sharing resource with limited abilities. Huge international community..

Http://www.stan-pustylnik.smugmug.com..

Comment #6

Based off this posting, I went and checked out pbase and wasn't that impressed by the setup - certainly not enough to leave Smugmug, where I've put my pictures for the last two and a half years. Smugmug is more expensive (initially) but that soon works itself out with the referral program and the features fit with your needs, except for the language item, which is the same on all these sites..

Regardless, I can only recommend Smugmug, but I DO suggest that you try out any or all of the mentioned sites and see which one suits YOU the best. Free trials are there to be used and are the best way to get a feel for a site and it's features/ease of use..

Good LuckBigDog Ken Griffith.

Http://kengriffith.smugmug.com/.

Sunny Westchester, NY..

Comment #7

Here is the review I used when I was looking a couple of months ago:.

Http://photo-sharing-services-review.toptenreviews.com/.

I chose Smugmug for the following main reason (sorry if you know about this already):.

1. Cool looking photo galleries. I especially like the way when I mouse over the picture, a small menu would appear and offer the options to show the picture in different sizes, small/medium/large and even original in jpeg (if you allow it to be shown)..

2. Private galleries can be grouped and shared with different parties. I am able to selectively grant access rights to groups i.e. family, close friends, co-workers, etc..

2. Unlimited storage. I have been backing up my pictures to their server (~40 gig). Most of these pictures are locked up in private galleries so no one could see them. Some other sites are offering this as well..

3. Each picture can be as large as 12 megabytes, even for the cheapest "Standard" account ($39 a year)..

4. It has over 40 themes for the galleries. Hopefully this number will continue to grow.... Since I signed up, I believe they added a couple more..

If you use Lightroom, here is a link showing how to upload to Smugmug using SendToSmugmug. http://dgrin.smugmug.com/gallery/3384159.

I do wish they take RAW files but to me this is a minor issue....for now. Also, you have to be a power user ($59.95) to upload videos in the mpeg1 format. And as a power user, you could also customize your home page with your own pictures and designs. I am seriously thinking about upgrading to this level..

In the end, the number of themes, their great looking galleries, and unlimited storage were what lured me to sign up with Smugmug a couple of months ago..

Since no one here has given you a coupon code to save you $5.00 for Smugmug, here is my: GMt0mmtKLTWM6.

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More shooting....less editing if I can help it!.

HFL..

Comment #8

Have you looked at zenfolio?.

At the end, it is how it all comes together that matters, not the number of bullet points you can dig out from a marketing pitch..

And zenfolio just comes together much nicer and better looking, not to mention that the site is a pleasure to use. I highly recommend you open a free trial account and see for yourself..

Pttravel photography and exotic destinations:http://phototouille.zenfolio.com..

Comment #9

Phototouille wrote:.

Have you looked at zenfolio?.

I agree, zenfolio is definitely worth a look and a trial run..

I haven't had my zenfolio account very long, and checked out the other sites, which were nice also, but I like the final outcome of zenfolio better, and the ease of use..

Unlimited picture size, quantity and disk space for $40/yr. Check out the free trial (no credit card info needed for the trial, so it is quick and easy to get started)..

Also, no registration is required for people to view your pics. If you decide to keep some galleries or individual phots private, you can do that, and password protect them, so only your family or friends can see it - it is very flexible in this area..

Albert-O.

Http://www.berto.zenfolio.com.

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