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Sharing Your Photos Online
I recently came across a site, neocamera, that is a tremendous resource to the digital camera community. One of the things that I garnered off this site is a link to a free Microsoft download that enables you to view exif information in windows explorer. That link is here (click on photoinfosetup.msi, it's on the right side. After that, click on the continue button near where it say's validation). After I downloaded it and went to install it I got a message saying that I could not install because I had to upgrade Microsoft's .NET framework. The easiest thing to do here is go to Start> all programs>Windows update (at the top on the left). Make sure you are logged in as an administrator when you do this or anything related, such as installing software. Finally I'm ready to install the software. I reached out and double clicked on photoinfosetup.msi and got the familiar welcome screen and yeah, yeah, yeah, yada, yada, yada just let me install my software, you know? Clicked next, clicked next, then I agree, then next again, and again (how intuitive) and finally close (surprisingly, no restart). After all that let's see what we have.As I hover the mouse over a thumbnail of a picture, magically the exifinformation is displayed. Thank you , Microsoft. This project worked well and was almost painless. We obtained the result we were looking for and the cost was: $0.00.
Recently, we took a trip to New York city. Fun place, crowded, exciting, everything you've heard and more. I decided to put some photos from my digital camera online but not on this site, so as to conserve resources on my main website. During the research phase of doing this I realized that it's not that simple an endeavor so I'm putting up this page to offer advice for those that come after me. There's probably hundreds of websites that will allow you to put your pictures up but each has an angle. A good deal of them have ways to make money off of your participation and if you don't buy from them they won't keep your pictures up for long. One thing to keep in mind is that when you put your pictures up make sure you still have the originals. The biggest differences between free sites and pay sites is storage capacity, traffic quotas, and the safety of your photos. If you pay, your pictures will always be there but you'll have a bill every year.
The first free site I'm using is esnips. I started it on February 5, 2006. So far I'm very happy with this site. You get 1 gigabyte of storage and there doesn't appear to be a limit on the size of the pictures. This is quite handy just because a lot of cameras sold now commonly have 4 to 6 mega pixels and by default they produce pictures with big file sizes(500 megabytes up to over a gigabyte). You also have numerous option as to how to share your pictures such as an invitation by email (the invitee must join esnips) or by making your folder open to the public (they call this sharing with the world, which you literally are doing so think about it). Links to my public folders are located here, which is comprised of photos from our trip and demonstrates the ability to link from a site to a public folder (a nice touch). The method I use for uploading files is the manual one. I did not want to install the esnips toolbar. It's not that I don't trust them, it's just that I'm more of a minimalist by nature and feel more in control doing it this way. If I eventually choose to install this tool or talk to someone who has used it, I'll relay that information. More on esnips.
Now before you upload photos to the web, you may need to work on them a little. Maybe get rid of a little redeye, try to brighten a darker picture and bring out what you wanted to shoot in the first place. Unless you have the money for a true professional package (Photoshop-$800) you may want to consider a program called "the GIMP". This is a real gem and the best part is it's free. More on the GIMP
A partial list of online photo storage:
Flickr - Here's a link to my Flickr site: Jimzcom at Flickr
Photobucket - is a free site that let's you keep your photos and videos with them and link to other sites such as myspace, ebay, blogs ...
Smugmug - An extremely good site to host your photographs and sell them if you want to be that involved. As a matter of full disclosure, Pikshures is our site on Smugmug and we fully support them. If you find that you are interested in joining the Smugmug community, by using this code (BKoDisSAKdWlY), you will receive 5$ off of your cost and I will receive 10$.
Zorpia - is a photo and journal site
These pictures are from our trip with CSA in January to New York and they're hosted on esnips, a photo sharing website.
unsorted pictures At the Church Caught sleeping
On the bus Central Park Broadway at Daytime
Times Square at Night
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