Post # 1
I’ve been inspired by SugarSweetPink’s post the other day about photo sharing cards, so I’m curious what the Bee recommendations are for sharing sites?
I know Picasa and Flickr both have the ability to do it. Are there any other free sites online that someone can just register and have people login to upload unlimited pics, without having to use a third party program?
- something easy
- something that can hold a lot of photos
- something that doesn’t have a lot of restrictions of # of pics uploaded and downloaded
Post # 3
I have to put in a plug for SmugMug. I started using it when my kiddos were born, because it was too hard to email pics of the kids back and forth.
It’s about $35/year, but you can get a referral code for $5 off (PM me if you’d like one; it gives me a discount, too).
Unlimited storage, good prints, easy navigation, full-file sharing capabilities (people can upload/view/download originals), AMAZING customer service… For me, it was totally worth the $30/year. Plus, I love having all of my images stored in multiple offsite locations, so I no longer worry about losing baby pictures. 🙂
Post # 4
HotWings posted on the benefits of Shutterfly the other day and it sounds like a great way to go!
Shutterfly Us Please
Post # 5
I too was gonna suggest Shutterfly (inspired by Miss Hotwings!) We’ll be doing the same thing!
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Post # 7
I am a photo fiend…. this is the one thing I’m splurging on for the wedding! We’re having a second shooter in addition to our main photographer. It helps (cost-wise) that the main photographer is also a close friend (and professional photographer).
I am all for making the most of all photography, so I have also been looking into ways to encourage guests to post their photos online after the wedding.
http://www.theweddinglens.com seems like a great site to use–and there are three account options.
Explanations of what The Wedding Lens offers: http://www.chicaandjo.com/2010/02/19/the-wedding-lens-for-photo-sharing/
The free one appears to be a good value, but the other two ($100/year and $200/year) are also tempting: http://www.theweddinglens.com/plans. But I’m not sure if the cost is worth it–depends whether guests will actually utilize it. I think at the very least, I will go for a free account, and take advantage of the reminder emails the website sends (so the couple doesn’t have to!) At the wedding, I’ll promote it with business cards, displayed in these semi-DIY holders: http://www.picshareboxes.com/
Other options (besides the usual regular photo-sharing sites like Flickr, Shutterfly, etc.):
http://www.seeyouthen.com (it provides a wedding website & the guest photo-sharing capability)
Other ideas or websites found?
Post # 8
bump…just checking in again. what are your preferences for the best photo sharing site other than shutterfly/picasaweb?
These are the ones I’ve seen recommendations for. I obviously want something that’s easy for people to use.
Post # 9
We had everyone upload to irave – it seems to work well. Our photographer puts her photos on smugmug, but irave seems to work for uploads from multiple people and was very easy.
Post # 10
I’m a huge fan of Shutterfly! Definitely recommend it.
Post # 11
I’m using irave too. It seems easiest for people to be able to actually just email the photos to the email address.
Post # 12
Take a look at: http://weddings.storymixmedia.com/guest-uploads-wedding-guest-photos-videos.html
Only $9.99 and it allows videos too. Guests only need to go to the url provided and you decide which files are added to the private online gallery for free downloading. You can even create a DVD slideshow of your favorite photos.
Post # 13
We used Winkflash. It is free, allows unlimited uploads and downloads, and permits download of the full hi res images.
Post # 14
I have to say I’ve been playing around with some of the sites to see how easy they are…
irave seems simple but I kept getting emails back asking if I was an authorized person to upload
smugmug looked nice but a bit more complicated in emailing photos in
I haven’t played around with the wedding lens yet, I send them an email with some questions
question for those of you using shutterfly – I’m going to do some research but thought I’d ask – does it allowing uploading and downloading of full res?
Post # 15
I have to plug Picasa. It’s incredibly easy to use and organize, and it makes it easy to turn photos into slideshows, which I always found helpful. Plus, it’s from Google so you know the technical support rocks, and there’s a ton of information on it available online.
Oh, and I used it for work, so it does allow full resolution. Plus, it’s very fast even though I was uploading incredibly large files.
Post # 16
thanks jo.lee – I will check that out today, too. do you have to have a google account to upload as a guest?