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Old 07-10-2015   #1
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Online photo-posting site recommendations?

I was just reading about Joe's travails with Flickr. I've been interested in using some online photo repository... one that I could point people to when they want to see my images, but haven't done so yet. I used to think that I'd use Flickr, but now with its recent changes, it seems that's not the best way to go.

Do you have positive experience with other photo-posting sites? I'm looking for one that allows easy organization (and re-organization when I choose), relatively little limitation on the number of images I can post at one time, and doesn't charge more than say $100 a year. And a site that seems to be pretty stable: been around for awhile and not created upheaval along the way in their rules, fees, etc.. Thanks ahead of time for your thoughts.
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Old 07-10-2015   #2
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tumblr. You can post large, high quality images, customise it to look/work however you want and it's free. I have no idea why people still use flickr.
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I never subscribed to Flickr as a pay site but now that it's free and offering 1TB of storage it's easy enough to forgive the occasional annoyance. After a little learning it's simple to use and pretty quick.
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I think Flickr is better than ever. Sure some things could always be improved, but you'll be hard put to find a better overall experience elsewhere.
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+1 on Flickr, I have 2 accounts one main account that I use for sharing and posting my pictures and one 2nd account that is private that I use for backing up my pictures.

only downside with Flickr is that you can't create private/password protected albums.
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Although I'm not so down on flickr as a lot of other people, I have continued to maintain my phase site (though I don't post frequently there.). A bit old fashioned looking now, but easy to organize. I don't post large images, so I'm happy with the $23 U.S. a year for 1000mb (I currently have used 324mb).
I find it's galleries easier to use and rearrange than flickr's. I also like the fact that your most recent photo or upload is not the one people necessarily see first.
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tumblr. You can post large, high quality images, customise it to look/work however you want and it's free. I have no idea why people still use flickr.
Uploaded images are restricted to 75 posts per day, and files can be no larger than 10MB(?). If these work for you, then Tumblr should be fine.

I myself needed more, so I had to accept the fact that I had to pay for it. I've been with Zenfolio for a number of years. It works for me. I used to be with Smugmug--it was fine for a while until Zenfolio ramped up its features, caught up and eventually surpassed Smugmug.

Jamie --

Here's the link to the different zenfolio plans. IMO, the $60 Unlimited is probably the best deal, unless you plan to sell photos.

http://www.zenfolio.com/z/product/fe...896.1434431886

Try the 14-day free trial.

If you decide to sign up, use my referral code: EXS-4SJ-FGY

My website is hosted by zenfolio.

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I've never understood the complaints about flickr.
A free terra and no size practical limit. It's for web sharing riggt? Who cares if the sharpen a bit and change the ui once in a while.
After years now I have never list an inage or had trouble calling them up.
I have a pay acct and several free ones.
Free accts are a great way to upload and share small images with clients when you have bulky files with a lot of frames.
They can leave comments and let you know what they want. Oh and... It's free.
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flickr is great except if there is a problem...they do not communicate, answer emails or give a rat's ass about the customer.
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flickr is great except if there is a problem...they do not communicate, answer emails or give a rat's ass about the customer.
They do actually. With free accts the customer is the advertisers on the page.

I've had two questions ever with my pro acct and both were answered (still in my inbox).

Joe, you had a bad experience with your pro which sucks.
Maybe it's not the rule though. Flickr has 100,000,000 users
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i can only speak from my experiences with them...i had a pro account, they ignored my pleas and then billed me for a renewal...
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Flickr exists long enough and it is still strong enough after changes in management team and outsourcing. They have good prices and capacity.

But if you want your photos to be really organized, I don't think where are any providers to do it properly. Do it offline, get it copied on-line for redundancy.
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smugmug, Jamie.

Not free but not expensive either.
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I've used pbase.com for years. It has all kinds of editing features. I believe it costs $23/yr. And if you have a problem, they are very responsive.

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I use SmugMug, and I've always been pleased with it. Not free, but they have several account levels, and some add-on features. Take a look and see if it works for you.
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Thanks everyone for all the REALLY great info (I LOVE RFF!). I'm going to check out all these recommendations in the next couple of days and see what sites offer what kind of organization features. I forgot to say that being able to easily organize and reorganize my images is important to me.

For you Flickr users: I've heard from time to time complaints (I have no idea if they're well-founded) that Flickr automatically readjusts incoming images (sharpness, saturation, etc.). Is that your experience? I'm pretty sure that would bug the h*ll out of me.

Thanks again for your responses.

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Flickr thoughts, anyone?
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Flickr thoughts, anyone?

See my last post in this thread, regarding adjustments Flickr may be applying to uploaded images.
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Old 07-11-2015   #18
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Go with Flickr. Try uploading a few images and see the result ... Ignore the Grumpy Old Men that hate Flickr
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Hi Jamie

This image is from my x100. It was a jpeg auto synced from an eyefi card.
Sharpening in camera set to normal, Jpeg fine, f4. No adjustments etc...
Follow the link back and look at the full size.

Sometime flickr links look oversharpended and over saturated. Other times they look fine.
My discovery is... when sharing, one has less control of everyone elses monitor settings so why not only worry about your own?


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I thought I had sent my opinion on this but apparently not. I have been on Photo.net for several years and totally happy with it. I got on a site called 500px a little while ago and it seems to be pretty good too. Photo.net is $25 a year for unlimited storage and 500px is free so far, there are upgrade that cost something about the same. 500px will let you sell your picture too at the free level.
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I've used pbase.com for years. It has all kinds of editing features. I believe it costs $23/yr. And if you have a problem, they are very responsive.
I couldn't agree more. I've used phase.com for a long time and been very happy with them. I really like that I can see which images attract the most viewers.
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I thought I had sent my opinion on this but apparently not. I have been on Photo.net for several years and totally happy with it. I got on a site called 500px a little while ago and it seems to be pretty good too. Photo.net is $25 a year for unlimited storage and 500px is free so far, there are upgrade that cost something about the same. 500px will let you sell your picture too at the free level.
+1 for photo.net. It is easy to use, and they don't mess with your pictures. I like that you can have a copyright notice. And $25 a year is not bad.
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happy flickr user since 2007. haven't need the pro-version since the image limit disappeared. mobile app is great too.
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Sometime flickr links look oversharpended and over saturated.
thought that its usually a problem if image was processed (e.g. sharpened) a lot already before posting.
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I think the latest incarnation of flickr is pretty decent .... and the price is right.
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If you want cheap, Flickr seems hard to beat as it is free. Else, I'm using Smugmug like some others around here.
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I have a premium account with Zenfolio. Great service and have never had a problem at all with them.
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If you google around you will find adverse comments about all the sites mentioned, most are usually from those interested in getting their work to show up on google searches. from my reading some sites are very poor at this due to the file structure they use others are good. if that is important to you you need to do some further research if not file and forget.
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Go with Flickr. Try uploading a few images and see the result ... Ignore the Grumpy Old Men that hate Flickr
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This image is from my x100. It was a jpeg auto synced from an eyefi card.
Sharpening in camera set to normal, Jpeg fine, f4. No adjustments etc...
Follow the link back and look at the full size.

Sometime flickr links look oversharpended and over saturated. Other times they look fine.
My discovery is... when sharing, one has less control of everyone elses monitor settings so why not only worry about your own?


Untitled by Adnan, on Flickr
That's a great point about other people's monitors! I'm thinking I'll go with Flickr for the time being, at least to get my feet wet in this mass uploading business.
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Thanks again, everyone. D**n... more ideas to look into. I'd forgotten that Photo.net provides image storage. I usually just go there to look at a review or browse their classifieds.
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thought that its usually a problem if image was processed (e.g. sharpened) a lot already before posting.
Yes that is the problem.

The reason I posted the image I did is to show what an image looks like if it has no post.
The Image posted shows no difference from the original on my monitor after being uploaded and viewed on flickr.
Zero sharpening. Slightly overexposed and undersaturated.
It's as unperfect as the original
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If I were going to have photos available on line I would consider this:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...e_capsule.html

Then I could make it secure as I desire and have, to me at least, better control of the stuff.
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+1 for Smugmug. I went there after being unhappy with the big Flickr makeover a couple of years ago. Lots of customization, different cost levels for different needs.

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After much procrastination and very little research, I went ahead and dumped a bunch of photo 'albums' on Flickr. I just needed a quick and easy way to show stuff when friends ask what I 'photograph'. The Flickr process of uploading and organizing images is certainly easy and the images look about the same as they do here. So... good enough for now. Thanks again everyone for your advice.
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It seems highly unlikely these websites re-encode your pictures.
The changes people are reporting are presumably due to saving files in the wrong colour space. If your camera file is in AdobeRGB and you save and upload it without changing the colour space, a browser will render it in the standard sRGB which will desaturate it.
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I like flickr for the way it works but also for the people I know there, I don't follow many people but I find their stuff is consistently good. I also maintain my own website
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A little OT, but Keith, how did you set the wider margins between images?

I use flickr only for hosting images to be posted on forums and tumblr, but I like the look of yours. That extra spacing helps.

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The margins really matter !
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