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Andy Warhol visits Scotland's National Gallery

Andy Warhol visits Scotland's National Gallery

You are back from a trip with a camera brimming with photos while you are bursting with excitement to share them. Or maybe that feeling is jet lag. In any case there are several ways to share your photos with family, friends or the unseen many of the internet. 

There is physically sharing the photos. The person you want to have see the photos can come over to your place and sit with you in front of your computer as you flip through the images. Or you can be on a couch with the computer hooked up to a TV, if you have a modern video game console most let you load photos on to their hard drives and display them through there. Eyeconnect lets your Playstation 3 access the photos in your Macs iPhoto library if they are on the same network (by setting up a UPnP server on the mac).

If your audience is not conveniently located nearby there are two easy options for sending photos directly to them. Burning a CD with your photos on them and then mailing the CD is one way to transfer the photos, especially to someone with slow or nonexistent internet. I find myself sending out e-mails to about twelve people with photos from my trip. Of course sending or receiving large e-mails can be a problem with certain e-mail carriers.

After sharing through large e-mails I realized it would be more efficient (and kind) to my recipients if I had a website where they could see the photos. The first method I tried, and my favorite, is my own website. Thinking about websites I realized that I had 100mb of web hosting through my university, the problem of course was how to make the website. I tried Apple’s iWeb except it was bulky trying to republish the entire website when I only updated a single gallery. Looking around online I found a neat free program Galerie that creates photo galleries from iPhoto selections. I created an index page based on their template, altered the html, added basic CSS for consistency between pages and thus created my simple but functional web site. As a side note I edit the html with Textwrangler and upload with Cyberduck.

What if you don’t have free web hosting and have an aversion to paying money for online services like I do? I tried setting up an account with Flickr and Picasa. I liked Flickr since it had photo groups you can join and contribute too but they had upload and hosting limits for free accounts. I liked Picasa for the opposite reasons: great hosting capacity but limited sharing. So I decided to stick with my own site. The other option is to start a blog like this one. I tried blogging at PNN except they had less photo hosting capabilities then WordPress, I also like the WordPress interface a lot better. My only concern about WordPress is that the image quality of the uploaded pictures are a bit lackluster when they are on the main page, though when clicked on they do look better.

The last method (that I have used) for sharing photos online are social networks. To be fair I have only used Facebook for social networking so I do not know how it compares to others like Myspace or LinkedIn. On Facebook there are easy ways to upload entire photo albums to your account and once they are uploaded a notice is placed in your friends update feed letting them know that you have added new photos.

One day I would like to explore another way to “share” photos through microstock photography where you sell the limited rights to use your photos commercially for maybe a dollar a photo. But I am not there yet in my photography career.

If you know of other good ways to share photos, let me know so I can add it too this post.

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