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#1 sbellast

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 03:56 PM

What is the best photo sharing site?   What are some features?  How much space does it provide?

 

 


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#2 Amy

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 12:42 AM

A lot of photographers are using 500px. It's a newer site for photographers to upload their photos for the public (in a way something like a public portfolio) and it allows photographers to set-up a store to sell their photos. The main advantage of 500px over traditional forms of social media is that it's made first and foremost for photos, so you don't get the glitchiness of Facebook and you don't need to mess with privacy settings. The design of the site is also very clean and straightforward.

 

Picasa and Flickr are sites where you can create albums for the public, similar to 500px.

 

Google+ is a cool new solution in this space that some photographers may be looking at. Google+ revamped how photos are hosted and displayed on their service, and photographers using it will have the advantage of having people "follow" a feed of their photos and posts.


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#3 Mr.Panos

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Posted 28 December 2013 - 03:08 PM

I firmly believe that Google+ is the most suitable photo sharing site because it gives youths opportunity to do many things. Picasa is too simple, but easy to use, that's why it is very popular.
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Posted 28 December 2013 - 04:47 PM

I firmly believe that Google+ is the most suitable photo sharing site because it gives youths opportunity to do many things. Picasa is too simple, but easy to use, that's why it is very popular.

 

I used to think that Google+ was pretty abandoned because very few of my friends were on there, but I discovered that when you post in the communities on there you can get a lot of comments and feedback, and strangers will start following you! I also like that their optimized-resolution photos don't count against your storage limit.


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Posted 28 December 2013 - 11:39 PM

Wow, I never knew Google+ was a useful photo-sharing site, I always just saw it as the thing that nobody except me realised was infinity times better than Facebook. However, it might be worth reading through Google's Terms of Service, because its possible that you might be signing your Intellectual Property over them. It's the same reason I don't suggest people use Instagram or Facebook for portfolio work, as they make you sign over ownership of the pictures when you use those applications (it's all on the ToS).

 

I've heard decent things about Flickr but never used it myself. Never heard of Picasa or 500px so can't really recommend either.


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#6 Photographa

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Posted 28 December 2013 - 11:55 PM

Wow, I never knew Google+ was a useful photo-sharing site, I always just saw it as the thing that nobody except me realised was infinity times better than Facebook. However, it might be worth reading through Google's Terms of Service, because its possible that you might be signing your Intellectual Property over them. It's the same reason I don't suggest people use Instagram or Facebook for portfolio work, as they make you sign over ownership of the pictures when you use those applications (it's all on the ToS).

 

I've heard decent things about Flickr but never used it myself. Never heard of Picasa or 500px so can't really recommend either.

 

I studied about copyright at my university and it's strange how the law works at times. By using these social media sites you're technically giving them all rights to your photos....except it's not in the way you'd think.

 

I believe that these ToS that sites use are only to protect them from liability.

  1. If Facebook or Instagram or anyone started using people's photos without their permission, or especially selling work without permission, the PR storm would be massive, and the sites aren't going to be willing to take that hit. The site's won't use your content without expressly asking your permission (and maybe offering to pay you, or at least attributing the work to you) because it's suicide from a public relations standpoint.
  2. Even if a site did this (using your content without permission) the original author could sue the site and say that the terms of service shock the conscience. If a judge decides that the terms hidden away in fine print are "manifestly and grossly unjust" then those terms don't apply. It's like sneaking something ridiculous like "You must give me your first born baby" into some terms of service - it's just weird, and even if you sign them, they won't apply. The way the sites could get around this is if they constantly remind us that they're taking all of our rights when we upload, every single time we upload. Something like this can't be hidden in the ToS.

Social media sites are trying to protect themselves against liabilities, they're not going to take your content.


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Posted 30 December 2013 - 12:11 AM

I guess if you just want to share a link to all of your photos, you can use any service (hopefully one that doesn't want to take the rights to your photos) and just share that link.

 

If you want a site where your friends can see your recent photos, I recommend Facebook over Instagram because there's no limitation that your photos have to be square and the quality is higher.

 

To me Instagram feels more of a service to share moments, not necessarily great photos.


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Posted 09 January 2014 - 11:33 PM

There's a website for photo sharing called SmugMug. Their service helps you build a website to share your photos with your family or to build it like a portfolio to show off. It's aimed specifically for photographers and they give you unlimited storage space, they make it easy to export photos from Lightroom/Aperture/etc, and they can integrate ecommerce into your website if you want to sell your work directly through the page you make.


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Posted 13 January 2014 - 03:39 PM

If you can get people to love your photos so much they Pin them on Pinterest you will get a lot of attention. There aren't enough photographers harnessing Pinterest at this point.


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Posted 14 January 2014 - 05:40 PM

Instagram because it's the top thing, if you want people to see it. It will be seen, most of the time.


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Posted 15 January 2014 - 06:32 PM

Instagram because it's the top thing, if you want people to see it. It will be seen, most of the time.

 

When I first saw Instagram I remember thinking "This is incredibly stupid. Who would post their pictures on a service where the quality is degraded so much, where they're cropping the photos into a square, and where they're adding a "filter" to make the picture look so horrible?"

 

I think that because of its adoption it can be a powerful way to get a photo out in front of people, perhaps with a link to a portfolio in that photo description on Instagram.


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Posted 15 January 2014 - 09:06 PM

I found a site called Behance today and it seems to be a very reputable site for portfolios that works similar to 500px in that there's a community there to critique and like photos. Each webpage is an album of images instead of a single image per page.

 

Behance seems to be used for art, design concepts, and photography, so it's not as photo-exclusive as the other sites but Adobe Lightroom syncs to is so it has that going for it.


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