There is no questioning the fact that digital photography has changed the way that we experience photographs. In just a few short years we’ve moved from mailing photos back and forth or printing doubles and triples of important events to simply attaching or uploading our fondest moments and sending them away, instantly available to view or distribute.
There are many different ways to keep in touch besides email and some of these ways are extremely effective at helping you stay connected with people you know. Let’s check out a few great sites and see what they can offer.
The site that needs no introduction, Facebook is one of the giants of social media. People use it to keep track of old friends, ex-classmates, and a wide variety of other associates, but it also features a relatively strong section for uploading and sharing photographs. Facebook allows you to post pictures, create custom photo albums and connect with your friends and family with Facebook accounts in a fast and simple way. The only major downside with Facebook is that they compress and resize your high quality pictures. So, if you want to take advantage of the site’s other features (like it’s social games and status updates) this site is a good choice, but if you want something exclusively for photos without any image quality loss, then Facebook probably isn’t the best choice.
Flickr is one of the absolute best ways to share photos and caused a revolution with its innovative photo tagging system. Like Facebook, users can tag other people, however with Flickr you can tag groups, objects or places letting you add great context to your images. In addition to their ridiculously detailed tagging system, Flickr has a few great options for printing your photographs or making them into gifts such as greeting cards or posters, and features a pretty robust set of tools for editing your images. And another great thing about Flickr is that it’s free so you can keep in touch with loved ones without spending a dime.
When it comes to photo editing, Adobe Photoshop is the industry gold standard. Any and all professional photographers that work in digital either use Photoshop for their editing or have done so in the past, so it’s no wonder that the online version of the tool is far more advanced than any other site’s. Photoshop Online isn’t just for editing as it also allows you to upload and store up to 2 gigs free with no image shrinking or quality loss. The other great thing about Photoshop online is that it allows you to export directly to Flickr, Facebook, or a wide variety of other sites. This is great because you can do your editing with their online tools then use the sharing method that works best for you and your friends.
All in all, there are too many photo sharing sites to count and we sadly don’t have room to talk about them all. Each one has its own strengths and weaknesses, and it’s always best to take a tour of the site and get a feel for their philosophy before you commit time to trying to make it your photos’ home on the web. Some sites offer powerful editors, while some offer a more social approach that is less focused on the images and more on the stories. No matter which one you choose, just remember that the most important thing is that you’re staying in touch with people that care about you, and in the end that’s the only important thing.