Online Photo Sharing Net™



Your Online Photo Sharing opportunities

Share your photos with family and friends the easy way.

Take a look on your options to find the best service for online photo sharing to create online photo albums and host your pictures for easy access for everyone or for the selected few family members and friends.

The whole idea of photo sharing builds on the easy access to the Internet we now enjoy from all over the World. Linked with the widespread use of digital cameras it gives all of us this picture sharing possibility from home or on vacation or from anywhere else.

Some providers of online photo sharing give a free offer, at least for some time or as an introduction, others ask for a low or higher annual fee. If free there might be a catch you have to be aware of. The companies offering online photo albums are mainly living of the income generated from their customers ordering prints.

Be careful to look after the possibility to be spammed when you deliver your email address.

Here is the best breed of online photo sharing opportunities and online web albums I know of.
When I mention a fee, I round it up, i.e. not 29.95 USD, but 30 USD to make the comparison easier for a quick overview.

All links open in new windows to facilitate your comparison of photo sharing and web album options.

Smugmug online photo sharing

Smugmug was the choice of PC Magazine (03.16.04 ): 'SmugMug ($29.95 per year) strikes the best balance between ease of use and options, offering a nice selection of built-in styles for displaying your photos and some slick photo-editing abilities' ... 'creates very attractive photo galleries.'

Smugmug describes themselves as: 'Photo sharing done right. Easily create online photo albums. Share, store, organize and print.'

The real amazing thing with the online photo albums Smugmug are offering is that you can upload as many pictures as you want - thousands - millions! This is even the case for the free trial where you can upload unlimited numbers of photos

The standard account of Smugmug gives access to all the main features for your online photo albums for less than 30 USD/year.

The Power user account of Smugmug gives in addition a number of features, e.g. the possibility to ad video clips to your online photo albums, all for less than 50 USD/Year.

See an example of online photo albums here from one user.

The Pro account of Smugmug for photographers (also catering for businesses and popular people - and people who want to be popular) ads to the previous features the possibility for photographers to sell their online pictures to viewers of the online photo albums. They can order professional prints and create an earning for the photographer. The pro account gives a number of other important options, the most important might be the possibility to use own domain name for the professional online photo galleries. The cost is less than 100 USD/Year.

PBase to Host and Share your photos.

PBase is a very well established website for online photo galleries. The goal is ambious ... 'The primary mission of is to be the best photo sharing and photo hosting web site.'
The pricing structure is linked to the total amount of online picture files, but they can be devided in as many online photo galleries you want:
200 Megabytes of photo storage for US$23 yearly.
600 Megabytes of photo storage for US$60 yearly.

Additional storage can be added in increments of 200 MB.

See simple example of online photo gallery with orchids

You find PBase online photo sharing options and web gallery here.

Other photo sharing options include

Flickr claims to be 'the best way to store, search and share your photos.' It is new, still in its Beta version at this moment, and offers a variety of features besides the central sharing photos online and providing web photo albums, also with photos from camera phones.
Arik Hesseldahl wrote for FORBES 'I tried a new service called Flickr, created by a company called Ludicorp, based in Vancouver, Canada. It's still in beta. After using it once, I became fascinated by the potential of instantly publishing photos taken on a camera phone. Flickr, which is free to use at its basic-level account, works with major blogging services like Google's Blogger, Six Apart's Movable Type and TypePad, LiveJournal among others.'

I was only able to find the free basic version to share photos online.

EachDay photo sharing and web albums - 'a personal catalog of life - a living, growing document' as they claim. Price: US$7.25 per month, 3 months free trial.

You find an overview of professional options for online photo sharing at this review of a comparison of seven photo management software companies from PhotoSource.

Other photo management options

Picasa from Google, a free photo organizing option

Picasa offers free photo organizing software and describes the service like: 'Everything you need to enjoy your digital photos in a single software product:
- Auto-transfer photos from your digital camera.
- Organize and find pictures in seconds.
- Edit, print, and share photos with ease.
- Create slideshows, order prints and more!'

When combined with 'Hello* and 'Blogger' you will have the option of online photo hosting for your blogs etc.

In reality this service (free) will also function as an online photo sharing opportunity, but with other features than the above mentioned photo sharing tools.


More online photo sharing and online photo gallery and web album options


They write: Photo Sharing Gallery
Photostor allows you to create your own online photo gallery which you can share with your friends and family. Unlike other services photostor is a reliable solution for storing your images online. All photostor galleries are setup like your own photography web site.

- Link directly to your photos from anywhere on the Internet.
- Create an unlimited number of galleries.
- Add your photos to your gallery in minutes.
- No advertising in your gallery.
- Create public or private galleries for your clients.
- Easy to customize designs.
- Built in copyright notice in each gallery.

Standard Photo Gallery - $20 Per Year
- 200 MB Of Storage
- 2 Gigs of transfer
Professional Photo Gallery - $40 Per Year
- 400 MB Of Storage
- 3.5 Gigs of transfer



Photostakers are more for people especially engaged in photography as a hobby or as semi professional photography.

They have a big forum at Phototakers Forum. And the overview of the archive and run monthly Photo Contests.


1. Personal Web address
Make it easy for visitors to return to your site with your own, custom URL.
2. Flexible organization
Create unlimited albums and photoblogs and show them off using one of 24 styles.
3. Privacy controls
Control access by password-protecting or hiding private albums.
4. Camera phone-enabled
NEW! View albums and publish photos right from your camera phone.

Very useful as family web album or as a more professional way to show information in pictures.

Photosite Free: Up to 150 pictures: Free

PhotoSite Plus: up to 1000 pictures: $ 40 /Year

PhotoSite Deluxe: Unlimited no of pictures in the webalbums and with own domain name: $ 70 /Year

You find Photosite online photo albums here

Professional online photo portfolio services

Photo Portfolios. net offers up to 40 pictures displayed in a nice photo gallery with links back to your other website for 39 USD per year. All in all an attractive service.

Please excuse me if any features or prices have been changed. 'Photo Soren'








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