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Sharing Your Digital Photos

Jul 12, 2008
What do you do with all of all of you beautiful digital photos? Of course you want to share them with your loved ones, but how? You have many options available to choose from that include burning them onto CD or DVD or even uploading and emailing the photos.

Lets walk through some of the best ways to share your cherished digital photo collection. Knowing these options, sharing your photos with others is simple to do. There are basically four main ways to share digital photos:

In the tradition of film-based photography, you can always share your pictures with a hardcopy printout. All that is required is a good photo printer and some quality printing paper. I normally print my photos from an inkjet printer (the Canon Pixma iP4000) using glossy photo paper. I get are very high quality prints from this, indistinguishable from those from the photo-mat.

You can still use a photo kiosk to do the job, or even send your images to an online photo print website should you not have access to a printer. These websites can print your photos and deliver them to your door. Shop around first since many digital photo printing services are not cheap.

A very good option for sharing photos is storing them on CD and DVD, especially if you have a massively large photo collection. The hitch, of course, is that your family and friends have to have a CD player or DVD player to view the images.

CD burners and DVD burners on the market today are very affordable. A single CD-R stores 650MB and a DVD stores 4GB. This is an overwhelming amount of storage space for your photo albums.

Of course, another choice for sharing photos is to email them to friends or family members. But please be careful with this. Check that your addressee wants to receive the photos first. Its easy to overload a person with a 10MB email containing photo attachments. Always get the green light to send photos first.

A good option to emailing photos is to upload your photos to a website, then email the website link to your friends or family. This avoids the issue of large email attachments.

Uploading digital photos to a website has gained popularity in image sharing. There are now several online photo storage sites available. SmugMug is one of my favorite photo sharing sites. It enables you to upload photo albums and determine who can access those albums.

You should know that there are limitations to using photo sharing websites. Some of them charge a fee for their services, while others require you to order prints to keep your account active. You also may not be able to customize the presentation of the website easily.

Setting up your own web site to post your own picture gallery is my personal recommendation. I would suggest you try Yahoo! web hosting if you are searching for a good web hosting company. I myself have used them for years free from any problems and their customer support is top-notch.

There are various ways to share your digital photos with friends and family. Personally, I tend to burn my images to CD or DVD and pass them around. I also like uploading images to websites for all to see. Do try one of the above techniques the next time you want to share photos!
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