Do you use flickr or photobucket or something else?
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beetlefang
Registered: Nov 04, 2012
Total Posts: 236
Country: United States

Hi,

I'm new to dlsr's and have been using photobucket for family sharing of photos. I was reading some posts on this forum and found that one can search flickr and photobucket by name of lens to see shots taken through that lens...the numbers on flickr far exceeded those on photobucket.

I don't know if you have to do something special to tag the photo for the search, or if they use the information from the file when uploaded, regardless, it got me to wondering what you guys and gals use and why?

- John



penpro
Registered: Oct 24, 2011
Total Posts: 780
Country: Canada

I have been using Flickr and really like it. Loads on there, join groups and get updates on friends that you add. Easy uploading. You can make guest passes for secure images that you don't want to have the public see.

Not hard to give it a go, just sign up for an account and see if it does what you like.



Steezus
Registered: Aug 01, 2009
Total Posts: 869
Country: United States

Flickr is great for storage, but the only thing that ticks me off is that you can only access your last 200 uploaded shots if you let your pro account expire. I don't think it used to be that way in the past and it makes me want to find a cheaper long term solution for photo storage.



penpro
Registered: Oct 24, 2011
Total Posts: 780
Country: Canada

I don't consider Flickr storage, it is a way to display and share images. The pro account last time I checked was cheap. What can you get for less then $2 a month?



boingyman
Registered: Jun 29, 2012
Total Posts: 878
Country: United States

As a hobbyist it's cool to upload and get a little exposure. There are a few useful groups although way too many spammers in most. I also think it's a pretty big community so you can follow a lot of great photographers as well. I have flickr pro and the price is relatively reasonable. If/when I ever get more serious I would probably just start my own blog/website.



kpjsy
Registered: Nov 16, 2010
Total Posts: 54
Country: United States

Flickr Pro... though i want to have my own site one day.



ATurturro
Registered: Apr 14, 2008
Total Posts: 1128
Country: United States

own website + flickr!



cohenfive
Registered: Sep 13, 2004
Total Posts: 2934
Country: United States

i use smugmug. works well for me, but i'm a basic user.



Jeffrey
Registered: Nov 12, 2002
Total Posts: 9835
Country: United States

I avoid all the digital dumpsters. Just get your own website. There are many services and templates available to make it easier. Try ZenFolio.



aldopolo123
Registered: Nov 22, 2012
Total Posts: 1
Country: United States

I use flickr.



ShadowWalker
Registered: Jun 21, 2005
Total Posts: 2029
Country: United States

+1 for Zenfolio

Jeffrey wrote:
I avoid all the digital dumpsters. Just get your own website. There are many services and templates available to make it easier. Try ZenFolio.



Todd Warnke
Registered: Sep 04, 2006
Total Posts: 3455
Country: United States

+2 for Zenfolio



trumpet_guy
Registered: Jun 23, 2006
Total Posts: 3505
Country: United States

I use SmugMug. I used to use Zenfolio. I think both are good. At the time I switched,
SmugMug had a sillier name but better resizing algorithms. The prices are comparable.

I also have posted on 500px.com
which has a lot of amazing photographs and an interesting way of serving other photographers' images to you.
Lots of European photographers there. Not many display options, though. They control that.

I used to use pbase.com, but I feel it is antiquated.



Steve Walker
Registered: Dec 16, 2007
Total Posts: 41
Country: United States

I have been using Zenfolio for several months and am completely impressed. I tried several others, but liked Zenfolio's ease of use, capabilities, cost, and contract terms. It turned out to be an easy decision once I looked into them.

Thanks to all the others at FM that steered me toward Zenfolio.



jason9101
Registered: Dec 22, 2012
Total Posts: 32
Country: N/A

I use Flickr and Imgur daily for my photography work. Oh and Dropbox as well for keeping my images private and secured.



pixelrandy
Registered: Nov 03, 2009
Total Posts: 187
Country: United States

I've been using Flickr Pro (since 2005) as my photo-dump. 30k photos there and the hosting costs are minimal, plus I too like the sharing/social aspect. For my portfolio and client galleries, I use Zenfolio Pro w/ domain name hosting. What I sell off Zenfolio and Flickr per year easily covers the cost of hosting. To be clear, you can't sell directly off Flickr, but companies will contact you for usage rights if you have enough content that's properly tagged up there. I also license through Getty at Flickr for a little additional exposure.

Lastly, Flickr's new smartphone app is a great way to snap geo-tagged images at full resolution, share socially if you like, and have them added to your Flickr stream at the same time with any privacy level you desire. Pretty nifty. You also get wonky Instagram-like filters if you're into that sort of thing (sometimes they're irresistible!).

Cheers,

Randy



beetlefang
Registered: Nov 04, 2012
Total Posts: 236
Country: United States

Hi,

So photobucket is officially the suck now, to me anyways, with the new changes. I don't want to have to log onto the picture storage site and waste time learning/discovering some geeks new way to sort my data. Especially with a paid account.

I'll play around with zenfolio and see what it's like. Is it affiliated with photobucket in anyway?

I'm really just looking for a reliable way to store and link images so others (ie family/coworkers) can share them as desired.

-John



mpmendenhall
Registered: Aug 09, 2008
Total Posts: 2034
Country: United States

penpro wrote:
I don't consider Flickr storage, it is a way to display and share images. The pro account last time I checked was cheap. What can you get for less then $2 a month?


I spend ~65/month for storing/hosting photos through AWS, plus registering my own domain with simple pay-as-you-go hosting for tossing up the occasional display album works out to another ~75/month. The investment of my own time to get this working, however, was non-trivial --- so $2/month for a pre-made solution is a good bargain if you don't enjoy the challenge/education of cobbling together your own systems.



Chris Anthony
Registered: Apr 23, 2005
Total Posts: 381
Country: United States

Another Zenfolio user here, love it. I used to use pbase but let it expire forgot my log in and went to Flickr, then moved to Zenfolio.



15Bit
Registered: Jan 27, 2008
Total Posts: 3871
Country: Norway

Free flickr account for images posted here, paid Zenfolio for family stuff. With Jeffrey friedl's lightroom plugin, Zenfolio is easy to manage.



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