Free Online Photo-Sharing Web Hosts
Reviews of free photo sharing and online photo album services
Free Online Photo-Sharing Services / Web Hosts
This page lists free services that will host your photos and other pictures online. They are convenient if you want to have an online photo album or to showcase your photos on the web. Since these are essentially free web hosts, they are usually also ad-supported, meaning that they will display advertisements on the page where your photos are displayed. Some of these hosts also allow you to link to those photographs from your blog. Some of the photo-sharing sites also allow you to create a public area, where the photos you post are accessible by everyone on the Internet, as well as a private section, where only users you grant access (such as family and friends) can view them.
Note that if you are a professional photographer who wishes to showcase your work, you may prefer to create your own website on a commercial web host. You can then set up your own photo galleries on your website. This gives you better flexibility and makes your site look more professional.
If you need to touch-up your photo, crop it, or otherwise edit it, you should check the Free Image and Photo Editing Programs page. The software tools listed on that page are often more fully-featured than the limited online web-based versions provided by some of the free photo hosting services below. There are also other free online photo editors around.
Free Online Photo Hosting and Sharing Services
This free image hosting site lets you upload an unlimited number of images, flash files and movies for sharing. You may also embed those images (sometimes called "hotlinking") on your own website or blog. Each file can have a maximum size of 5 MB. Your images are not altered in any way, unless you resize them using their system (though thumbnails may be created for large pictures). Hotlinked images will have a limit imposed on the bandwidth consumed; there is no limit if the images are viewed only from the host's site (see their site for details if you need more information on this).
(Just click the "Create Your Free Account" link near the bottom of their site to get the free version of this service. Please note that the description below applies to the free version — the paid version does not have limits on uploads, storage, etc.) You are allowed to upload up to 300 MB of photos each month to this photo sharing service, although only your most recent 200 photos are displayed. If you link to your photo from your blog or website, you are subjected to a limit of 10 "group pools", whatever that means. Each photo can be up to 15 MB in size, and may be in the JPEG, non-animated GIF, PNG, TIFF (and possibly other) formats. They will be converted to the JPG format by the host. Your photos are compressed and resized to one of the following sizes: 75x75, 100 pixels (on the longest side), 240 pixels, 500 pixels, and 1024 pixels. It is also possible to make your photos private, so that they are only viewable by those you have given "Guest Passes". The service also provides a basic photo editing tool that you can use within your browser. (Or you can pop by the Free Image and Photo Editing Software page and get more fully-featured software.)
- Picasa Web Albums
You can either use the free Google Picasa program (see the Free Image and Photo Editing Software page) to publish your photos to this service or do it directly from your web browser. You get 1 GB of space for your photos. Each photo can be no larger than 20 MB or 50 megapixels wide. If you use the Picasa program, you are also allowed to upload videos in one of the following formats: .avi, .asf, .mov (QuickTime), Windows Media, .mpg, .avi, .asf, .mov, .wmv, .mpg, .mpeg, and .mp4. The video must have a frame rate of more than 12 frames per second, bitrate of more than 260 Kbps, file size no larger than 100 MB and contain recognisable video content. Video codecs supported include H.264, H.263, MPEG 1/2/4 and motion JPEG. (Note that if you want to upload videos, you may get better features using one of the free video sharing and hosting services.)
This free photo sharing service allows you to share photos, graphics and video. Supported file types for images include gif, jpg, jpeg, png and bmp. Supported video types include g2, 3gp, 3gp2, 3gpp, 3p, asf, avi, divx, dv, dvx, flv, gif, moov, mov, mp4, mpeg4, mpg4, mpe, mpeg, mpg, qt, wmv, xvid, and rm. Images are limited to a maximum of 1 MB each or 1024x768 pixels in resolution each. Videos are limited to 5 minutes or less in play length and 100 MB in file size. (Note, if you are primarily uploading videos, you may get better features if you go for the free video sharing and hosting services.) The image/video host allows you to link to your photos from your blog or other pages. You can also create slideshows (with up to 30 images), video mashups, collages, strips and stamps. Other features include the ability to create, customize and share 3D avatars (which you can use in forums, etc) You can make your photo albums public or private, as well remix or edit your video from their web-based interface. The service provides 1 GB of space for your images and video clips, and up to 25 GB of monthly traffic. There are probably also other limitations; this list is not exhaustive. Note that if you do not log into your account from time to time (at least once every 90 days at the time I checked), it may get deleted. Like most free hosting services, they are ad-supported.
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