For this posting, I’d like to share my experience with photo sharing sites. I’ve been at this for several years, sharing photos online. And looking back, I’ve learned a lot from all of them.
Starting out, I was lucky enough to have a friend that was into photography, and sharing photos online (thanks Walt!). He got me interested in a site called Photo Points. This started out to be quite fun, I’d upload a photo, and people would not only rate it with points (1 – 5), but also provide a critique. In addition to learning from good and not so good critiques, I also started to learn just by viewing all of the other entries. There were/are some very good photographers on this site. Unfortunately, this point system started to get out of hand, and people got offended if they didn’t get top points for every image they posted. At times it got quite nasty. So, I moved on. Life is too short to put up with nonsense. Here’s a link to Photo Points if you want to check it out. It’s been awhile since I’ve been away, and maybe things have gotten better: http://www.photopoints.com/main/
Next up – Pbase. Pbase is an interesting site, quite different from Photo Points. Once you’ve joined you can customize your site, create galleries, and start posting photos. There are quite a few forums to get involved with covering a range of subjects. People can find your photos in any number of ways, and you can tell if something is popular by the number of hits it receives or how many comments are posted. As with Photo Points, there are a lot of very talented photographers on Pbase, and I learned by looking at their beautiful images, and the comments others left on my photos. I enjoyed this site and would still be there except it seemed to suffer from poor performance and crashes on more than one occasion. It seemed like the site was down for weeks the last time it happened, and the response from the site owners was very poor. So, once again I packed up my photos and searched for another venue. Here’s the link to Pbase in case you are interested: http://www.pbase.com/
After doing some research, I decided to go with Zenfolio. This was a fairly new photo site and offered some interesting features. There are templates that you can use to build your site, or you can tweak them or create your own to really customize your sites look and feel. There is a great slideshow feature and if you’d like, you can add music. Zenfolio has a great following on Facebook, and they had a contest that gave the winner a free site review and critique with a professional web designer. I entered on a whim, and actually was selected. This turned out to be a great experience, and the web designer was kind and gentle with her critique and suggestions. So, my Zenfolio site has recently received a face lift. Here’s a screen shot of the home page:
That’s it, leave a comment about your photo sharing experiences!