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Digital Photos Sharing with Friends and Family

Jul 13, 2008
Let's say you've taken a bunch of beautiful digital photos and you want to share them with friends and family. What's the best way to do this? There are many options, from printing and burning onto CDs or DVDs, to emailing and uploading 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:

You can always share your pictures by having a hardcopy printout just like with film-based photography. Requirements include a good photo printer and some quality printing paper, after that its just printing! I typically print my photos from an inkjet printer (the Canon Pixma iP4000) on a glossy photo paper. The end results are high quality prints comparable to those printed at photo kiosks.

If you don't have a printer available, you can still count on a photo kiosk to do the job, or even transmit your pictures to an online photo print website. These websites typically print your pictures and deliver them to your doorstep. Make sure to shop for the best value first as many digital photo printing services are expensive.

Storing your photos on CD and DVD is another great alternative for sharing photos, particularly if you have an enormously huge photo compilation. A disadvantage might lay in that your family and friends need to have a CD player or DVD player in order to view the content of the disk.

Now, CD burners and DVD burners are very affordable. A single CD-R stores 650MB and a DVD stores 4GB. That is a remarkable amount of storage space for your photo collection.

Of course, one option for sharing photos is to email them to to a friend or family member. I do warn you to be careful though. Make sure your recipient would like to receive the photos first. Bombarding him or her with a 10MB email containing photo attachments is not a very nice thing to do - it's best if you obtained permission to do so 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.

My personal recommendation is to set up your own web site to host your own picture gallery. If you're looking for a good web hosting company, I'd suggest you try Yahoo! web hosting. I've used them for years without any problems and their customer support is first-rate.

There are a variety of ways to share your digital photos with friends and family. Personally, I am inclined to burn my images to CD or DVD and pass them out. I also like uploading images to websites for everyone to see. Try out one of the techniques discussed the next time you want to share photos!
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