How to Choose Photo-Sharing Tool for Your Blog

By Amy Lupold Bair, Susannah Gardner

When you’re ready to put your photos online, regardless of whether you ultimately want to include images on your blog, you have plenty of options. Photo-sharing websites have become full-fledged members of the web 2.0 movement, offering friends lists, tagging, and other sophisticated tools.

The media darling of photo-sharing sites is definitely Flickr. For avid photographers, Flickr has nearly replaced the need to have a blog at all because many of the best blogging tools are integrated into the Flickr service.

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On Flickr, you can

  • Create a list of friends whose photos you want to follow.

  • Upload and organize photos by using tags (keywords), sets, and collections.

  • Start groups around a visual theme and add your photos to other groups.

  • Set privacy controls to dictate who can see your photos.

  • Use your photos to create books, prints, calendars, business cards, DVDs, and stamps.

  • Post photos in your account and receive comments.

  • Create slideshows of your photos.

  • Upload, tag, and share video.

  • Browse other members’ photos and leave comments.

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Basic Flickr accounts are free for 1 Terabyte worth of photos and two videos each month. You can display only your most recent 200 photos, though. Ad-free accounts cost $49.99 a year and receive unlimited uploading and image display.

If you elect to use an online tool to organize and store your photographs, you are at the mercy of that website. Note that you are taking a risk that your images could disappear if the site is taken down. Additionally, if you upload images to your blog directly from such a tool and that service eventually ceases to exist, those images will likely disappear from past blog posts.

Flickr isn’t alone in offering photo sharing online. You can also upload your photos to Photobucket, Shutterfly, SmugMug, and Snapfish, among others.

Whatever service you choose, look for tools that can make your life easier when it comes to putting your photos on your blog. For example, look for services that

  • Integrate well with the camera you own, your mobile phone if you use it for photography, or both devices.

  • Let you post a photo to your blog or give you code to put the photo in your blog post.