It’s 2012 people! Whatever you didn’t accomplish in 2011, put behind you, and get to making some new goals… like organizing all your digital media! Photos and videos you take with your phone or digital camera rarely make it to print and then on to physical albums, so finding an old photo isn’t always easy. Since we can efficiently take so many more photos than we used to, thanks to technology and no longer needing expensive film and development services, we’re in even bigger trouble than ever!
Here are a few online photo storage and services for organizing your digital media!
Pros: Free accounts for anyone or upgrade to more storage space for a yearly fee. Ability to embed photos on external websites. Ability to set up albums to organize images and video.
Cons: No Facebook/Twitter sharing tool. No group photo pools.
Pros: Free or Pro accounts available. Pro accounts have unlimited storage and keep a copy of full sized images. Also, HD video capable. Stats for your photos are provided. Not only can you organize into Sets (like albums) you can also group these Sets into Collections. So, if you have been participating in the 365 project every year, you could have a set for each year, then put them all in a collection, making them all easy to find! Another really cool feature for flickr users is it’s group photo pools where you can add users to a pool and you can all put photos into it. This is especially fun after a family reunion or blog conference!
Using instagram? You can have it upload right to flickr! The mobile apps for flickr are fabulous and you can name your photos, tag them, and even specify a ‘set’ to add them to before you upload!
Cons: I can’t really think of any!
Pros: Pretty. Nice for photography portfolios. Free and paid accounts available. Paid accounts include Google Analytics, priority support, custom domain, and unlimited uploads and collections.
Cons: No private or protected galleries, no geo-tagging, no group photo pools, and (gasp!) no mobile apps!
Pros: Unlimited uploads and storage, no ads, customizable site, custom domains, and HD video capable. Simply store and organize, or sell your photos for profit! Group photo pools, social sharing and commenting, and embed codes to share photos on other sites are all cool features you find on SmugMug.
Cons: No free accounts. There is a limited free trial, but once that’s up you have to pay for the service. Also, no ability to ‘follow’ other users you enjoy.
With the exception of 500px, all of these sites have fabulous mobile apps for sharing your iphonography!
Where do you store, sort, and share your digital media?