Be green and share photos with online albums—It may seem like every new wave of technological advances adds another layer of complication to our lives, but there are some great services and products out there that can easily make life a bit better--especially when it comes to photography.
Here's our take on some of the most popular online photo album solutions:
Flickr is ideal for those of us who are more community-minded and love sharing tons of pictures. The large and lively user community is an interesting place for both budding and professional photographers to share their work, and it's easy to share with friends and family, too.
Picasa is great for organizing large numbers of photos into albums using a simple drag-and-drop interface. A powerful set of tools allows you to edit images in all sorts of fun ways and makes it easier than many popular photo editing programs.
Shutterfly is for the rabid photogs out there. You have unlimited storage space, but unfortunately can't link directly to the images as you can with other services. For anyone looking to archive a vast number of images (and with excellent quality) Shutterfly is the best choice. You can create coffee mugs, calendars, and hardcover books of your photos that offer surprising clarity and rich colors.
Webshots is ideal for those who want anyone out there to be able to see and comment on their pictures. Easy to use tools allow you crop and rotate photos, but it's the devoted fans of this site that keep it fun.
Photobucket is fantastic site for those on the go. A suite of user-friendly photo editing tools help you upload images at a pit stop during a road trip. One thing to keep in mind with Photobucket is the bandwidth: Should one of your photos become super popular, be sure to make back-up plans before the link to your photo expires!
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