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Thursday, September 21, 2006

How the Photo-sharing site square up


Costs: -
US$23 a year for 410MB of storage or US $60 a year for 1.2GB of photo storage. A 30-day 10MB trial account is available. No file size caps. No stated bandwidth limits.

Functions: -
Fairly low-key photo hosting and sharing. You can create a home page to introduce yourself. Choose from a template, tweak it or create your own within a well0-defined structure. Can view photos as a slideshow.

Upload ease: -
Bundle your photos in a zip file and upload it, PBase can handle it. Fastest method as the files are compressed.

Who it is for: -
The serious photographer who likes old-fashioned order.

Costs: -
A free account is available, but you are limited to just 20MB of uploads a month, three photosets, and your photos are resized smaller. Only your latest 200 photos will be shown. Stay inactive for 90 days and you may get bumped out! For US$24.95 a year, you can get a Pro Account which has a 2GB monthly upload limit but unlimited storage and bandwidth.

Functions: -
The format is fairly rigid, but you can go crazy assigning different tags or create photosets. Best of all, you or the people you allow can leave notes or tag specific parts of your photos with comments. Slideshow viewing that comes with a cool dynamic thumbnail strip for quick selection.

Upload ease: -
You can upload single photos, but to do it in a batch you need to download and install a
Flickr program which may pose problems on some public computers. You are also given a special e-mail address where you could e-mail your photo for automatic posting on Flickr.

Who it is for: -
The blogger or Netizen whose online life is more real than his real-world one.

Costs: -
Free for 12 months after which
Kodak may delete your photos. No stated limits. The US$24.99 Gallery Premier subscription will allow you to keep your photos.

Functions: -
This website is geared more for print-related output. Offers probably the mostly extensive photo editing functions. Allows viewing by slideshow. Download your photos in full resolution if you are a paid subscriber. Printing a 4R photo costs a flat 15 US cents.

Upload ease: -
Very easy to browse and select. Prettily done. Mass uploads require the installation of software.

Who it is for: -
The nostalgic photographer who likes to see his shots in print, not just on the screen.


Smugmug
http://smugmug.com

Costs: -
US$39.99 a year offers you limited uploads and no file size caps. Monthly bandwidth cap of 6GB. For US$59.95 a year as a power user, the bandwidth goes up to 12GB.

Functions: -
As a power user, you can customize your website to a great degree. Pick from wee-designed templates to create your site. Cropping and colour correction available – even thumbnails can be tweaked. Almost full screen slideshow. Liveliest visual format.

Upload ease: -
Drag and drop! Done through a painless applet. There is even a progress bar. Does not get easier than this! You could also e-mail a bunch of your photos and they will popped into a new folder in your site.

Who it is for: -
For the cool power user who loves to tweak.

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