You are a shutterbug and you have a camera on you at all times. You see a scene, and you can’t help but take a picture of it. Your camera’s SD card is full and you decide to upload your masterpieces to the world, or at least your family can see them.
Where to upload them? There are so many image sharing websites out there to upload to. How do you pick which ones to use?
Follow along while we talk about the seven best image sharing websites out there.
Pinterest is one of the most well-known free image sharing websites out there right now. When you share a photo on Pinterest you ‘pin’ it to a ‘board’ of related images. You could create a board for a wedding or home decorations.
Pinterest is inspiration-based. Looking through related photos are meant to inspire your projects and ideas. There are also many Pinterest alternatives out there.
500px is for your best pictures. Around since 2009, it is an image sharing website that encourages you to post only your best photos. There, you can gain exposure, connect with fellow photographers, or just find inspiration.
One of the downsides of 500px is that your photo only has twenty-four hours to gain popularity. If it has not gained enough likes or comments at that time, then your photo gets lost in the thousands of other photos on 500px.
One of the old guard image sharing websites, Flickr has a large community with a variety of skill levels. They have community groups for many different subjects and you can tag your photos to add to them. This gives you a lot of versatility for what audience you intend to target.
Once added to these groups, people can see your photos by just browsing. While a thousand photo limit doesn’t seem like much, the free version of Flickr still gives you a decent start to get your photos out there.
Around since 2002, SmugMug is focused on the portfolio needs of photographers. They bill themselves as for memory makers, enthusiasts, and professionals. Their website is easy to use and lays out its service plans neatly.
The platform offers customization, presentation, and e-commerce functions for photographers to create an online gallery. It also offers great customer service. SmugMug is a one-stop-shop for photographers to show and sell their work.
Instagram is home to one of the most robust communities of photographers on the Internet. If you have an interest in a certain type of photography, there’s probably a hashtag for it. A major plus for Instagram is its close integration with Facebook, which owns it.
For most, Instagram is considered more of a social media site than a photography site, but with over 700 million users, there are a lot of eyes that will see your work. You can use the social aspects of it to easily share your photos with family and friends. With its large user base, Instagram is a great choice to get your work out there.
Shutterfly lets you store an unlimited amount of photos. This gives them an advantage, as they offer quite a few options for printing your photos, including creating books from your images. You can even get mugs or water bottles with your photos on them, which is great for advertising or just a memento.
Between the printing options for your photos and its guaranteed unlimited storage, Shutterfly is an attractive place for a photographer. Along with its great organizational tools for your photos, Shutterfly is one of the better places online to store your photos.
Imgur is an endless parade of images and memes from all walks of life. You can upload images even without registering to share them, but you lose the benefits of having an account. The interface is easy to use and is fast.
The community regularly hosts themed days where users all upload pictures of a certain thing. For example on “Caturday”, people take and upload pictures of their cats. If you want more cat photos after that, you can always browse the “cats” tag.
The Internet is an interesting place. There are websites for all types of photo-sharing. While these last sites may not be the best image sharing sites, they are interesting niche sites, and as such deserve a mention.
First, we have FoodGawker, where you can share and gawk at other people’s recipes and food photos. It is also curated, which means a team of editors review it before it gets posted. Just don’t look when you’re hungry.
Next is Liqurious, where people post photos of elaborate drinks or drink recipes. It’s not for sharing photos of the last night out drinking. There’s not much of a community, but you might find your next drink of the day.
The last two go together for obvious reasons: Dudepins and Gentlemint. Dudepins is the more classy of the two, and Gentlemint is more casual. Both are aimed at men but cater to two different tastes.
There are many photo-sharing sites out there, but these seven are the most popular out there. With a little work, you can get your photos seen by a lot of people, and if you use multiple sites, you can gather a substantial audience. Good luck getting them out there!
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