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Photo and Article by Scott Bourne

If you’re like me, you have lots of images. And in the old days, we would have printed them 4×6″ and slapped them in a photo album, never again to see the light of day.

But with digital photography now the dominant force in picture making, there’s no excuse for that. We need to share those pictures and there have never been so many ways to do that.

First, there’s the web. A virtual cornucopia of options awaits us there. Flickr, Shutterfly, Pbase, Webshots and others are willing to host galleries and make prints and books from our pictures. Photoshop and Elements come with the ability to make web image galleries. All you need is a host.

Since nearly everyone has access to the web, you can now show your pictures to the entire world at the click of a button.

But what if you want prints? Photo printers are available at every office store and most department stores in the $100 – $200 range. And the quality from these printers rivals what you’d get at most drugstores. If you are a serious photographer, the professional printers are getting better and costing less. The Epson photo printers are a favorite of many. Most models cost less than $500 yet it produces professional results that rival those of yesteryear’s $150,000 Iris printers.

And let’s not forget digital slide shows. If you own a computer, chances are it came with some sort of digital slide show or movie making software. Likewise, Photoshop, Elements and Photoshop Album, along with iPhoto and iMovie on the Mac all will make wonderful slide shows that you can share electronically. In fact, one of the best things about digital slide shows is that you don’t need a big white roll up screen and a projector to show them. You can display them online, attach them to e-mail, put them on your television or just watch them on your computer.

So you made all these images with your new digital camera, you now have an obligation to share them!

Join the conversation! 18 Comments

  1. Personally, I like Moo (www.moo.com). They dont do photos pre-se, but they do mini cards (which I use as semi-personal (and semi-professional) business cards, and my wife got a set of their post cards done, and they look fantastic.

    Oh, and they integrate with flickr. :)

    Next up, for me, is a photobook of our recent trip from New Zealand to the UK (via Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Bali and Greece).

  2. I need to keep pushing myself to get more photos out to share. I have my toe in the water and it is time to make the plunge.

    Now on another note. This is the third Lynx shot I have seen in the last month. Both the others were shot from the hip. This one looks to be a young’in and you caught that inquisitive expression so well. Ok so I am a bit jealous. I could gush abut this shot because of subject, composition etc. But in all honesty all I know is this shot is one of those that make the hair on the back of my neck stand up.
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. I’ve probably had more people see my photos because they were running as a screensaver than for any other reason. Definitely recommended.

  4. Can you recommend an online photo processing website?
    Mpix is what I currently use, but would appreciate suggestions.
    Thanks,
    -M

  5. I use Shutterfly.com for my smaller prints & photo books … they also offer a pro site for those who would like to sell their prints online.

  6. stick em on flickr, facebook or wall

  7. I like adoramapix.com. They accept JPEG and TIF images up to 40 MB in size and have several paper options. They will either color correct your images for you, or provide .icc profiles of their printing equipment so you can use your own color managed workflow.

    The prices are the same as any other service I’ve seen. $4.95 flat rate shipping. They get from NY to Colorado in about 4 days.

  8. You forgot an important point and I hope you touch on it soon, we don’t want to see ALL of your pictures. We want to see the GOOD ones. The good ones are usually few and far between and a good photo gallery leaves people wanting more, not people leaving before the slideshow is up.

    For instance, the TWIP flickr gallery contains duplicate subjects shot in slightly different ways. Although interesting for the shooter the repetition is tedious for those of us browsing. I find it very difficult to trim my photos down to a select few but it’s a very important task that needs to be done.

    I like the fact that you encourage people to take lots of pictures, it’s a blast and helps devolop people’s eye for photography, but please also cover the art of presenting photos too!

  9. No Peej I didn’t forget any point – some people actually DO want to see all of your pictures. Depending on the circumstances – while I agree – that editing is a good idea – it’s not central to the theme of this topic. We will someday do a show on creating a portfolio.

  10. Indeed, to what Scott says, particularly in a critique forum, it can be really useful to see the shots in a sequence to see how the photographer approached the subject, what the other possibilities were, and what worked or didn’t work.

    Having said that, I don’t post everything that I shoot online because I primarily shoot photos of my family and, while the relatives would not mind 100 identical shots of my kids, I personally don’t want to have to scroll through all of those photos every time I visit our Flickr site.

  11. What kind of puddy tat is that? A wild one?

  12. It’s a juvenile Lynx in Montana.

  13. What to do? I use Flickr for the ones that are worth sharing and/or talking about, and keep everything on external hard drives. Toss out the jpgs after a year and keep the raw files.

    @ronsp …use tags, sets & collections in flickr to organize your photos

    @peej …you may not want to see “all” or “too many” of a person’s photos, but I for one like to post some of my crappy photos to flickr in order to discuss how those photos could have been taken better

  14. I agree that there are times one wants to see a lot of pictures of a single event but for most shooting it seems that presenting less is better. Sure your relatives may sit happily through all 300 photos of junior splashing in the sprinkler but why not spend more time looking at fewer really exceptional photos.

    I also agree that it’s important to learn from mistakes by posting them, but I find it hard to learn from multiple subtly different images all presented together. Especially when they lack commentary by the poster.

    Flickr is great but I think a lot of good photos go unseen in most people’s collections because they get lost in all the junky photos uploaded with the jems. Spending time sorting the pictures benefits us all because then the truly instructive mistakes or spectacular shots can be highlighted.

    I love the stacks feature in Aperture because you can retain the redundancy while only picking and presenting the best. You always have the option of changing your mind later on. In flickr, you can keep the redundancy but only make the good ones (no matter how many) public.

  15. Zenfolio is the way to go if you want hassle-free photo sharing. Personally, I don’t like the over-sharpened look that Flickr photos acquire after the automatic resize. But, each to their own, and luckily, there are plenty of (good) choices out there! Zenfolio, Smugmug and Flickr are at the top of the pile (and in that order, IMO), but there are tons of photo-sharing sites out there. Most can be tried for free. Life is good! :-)

  16. I have been using Flickr, Picasaweb and my own website with Gallery 2.0 installed. Using plugins it is an easy upload directly from Lightroom.
    I have been seriously considering doing Photobooks of some of my best images and event specific shoots. Any recommendations for these? I have heard mypublisher is good but their website has been so slow that it is painful to download the software (we’re talking bytes per seconds). BTW I am in Canada so I need someone that ships up to the great White North
    Stephen

  17. At the camera club meeting the other day the president showed us a photo book he made using blurb.com and it looked great. I’m going to make one.

  18. I use photobox simply because they offer a fantastic range of print services. I ordered an A3 print at 3pm and it arrived at 9am the next day! theyre fantastic. Real good quality and has the option to share your images or keep them private!

    Steve

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