Now that many families have digital cameras, they want to start to share their pictures online with relatives and friends. I have tons of digital pictures (not printed yet) that are stored on external hard drive but my family has not seen them yet. What shall I do?
I was happy to see a review in the New York Times by one of my favorite tech columnists (David Pogue) titled "Photo Sharing Even for the Folks". It is always helpful when a journalist does the research for me. The article reviewed:
I found his explanation of each website informative. David Pogue recommended Snapfish, Kodak Gallery and Picasa Web Albums. My friends with Macs are very happy with iPhoto. I think I will stick with using flickr to share pictures with my blogger buddies, Google Picasa for web albums and VOX for a family newsletter blog.
One of the open issues were loading pictures in bulk. To solve that in Flickr I found tools that assist in uploading and downloading pictures in bulk. I was pleased with Flickr uploadr, it made uploading the pictures for my post on the Nordstrom’s Spring 207 Fashions Trends much quicker then before. The Flickr tools menu has a section for using photos to build a badge similar to the one below and other utilities. I found directions on loading the badge using the Flickr help forum.
I also found that converting .jpgs to .gifs are very helpful to make loading quicker (.gif files are much smaller then .jpgs). The New York Times has an article explaining different file formats (Wading Through Formats: JPEG, TIFF and Friends). Many of the photo editing software allows conversion of files to the "web", which usually means a .gif file format. Wikipedia has a summary of the different graphic file formats.
My next project is to organize some family photo albums in Google Picasa and finally get my family VOX newsletter online.