Best free photo-sharing websites explained

Making the decision to share photos online shouldn’t be made blindly. There are a number of photo-sharing websites that offer their own distinct features and advantages depending on the type of photographer you are and who you want to see your photos.

Best free photo-sharing websites explained

Flickr
Flickr has its haters, but only because it’s still the undisputed king of all photo-sharing websites. Its simplicity is perfect for photographers from the casual smartphone snapper up to the professional. What’s more, its staggering number of groups and communities are great for getting feedback or learning new skills.

500px
Regarded as the ‘serious photographer’s photo-sharing website’ and a favourite haunt of pros and budding professionals, 500px is all about elegance, from its minimalist design to the photographers it chooses to promote. Its commercial options for purchasing people’s photos is also a big draw for the more professional-minded photographer. That said, it lacks Flickr’s community feel by not having groups where photographers can converse.

Pinterest
This is an interesting one. The fastest-growing social media site on the web isn’t a photo-sharing site per se, but the immensely visual nature of this bookmarking site has become a place where people go to collect wonderful photos. It may be someone collecting images of interior photography to use as inspiration for their home renovation, or crafting photos to motivate their DIY endeavours. But a growing number of photographers are using the site to ‘pin’ images from their photography websites or 500px pages to try and increase their traffic and notoriety.

Facebook
Let’s be clear: there are a lot of naff photographs on Facebook, and it’s not the photo-sharing website you’d think of first when opting to share photos online. But any photographer who has gone pro or takes their photography seriously has started a Facebook page for their photography. Savvy photographers will share some of their best work and ‘like’ the pages of other photographers and industry players, expanding the reach of their photos in terms of who sees them when they post new work.

PhotoBucket
Not really a photo-sharing website for the pros among us, but anyone who wants a simple, free and fun place to share photos online could do no worse than PhotoBucket. One downside, however, are the ads users must put up with by using the free account option.

SlickPic
If you’re looking for a place simply to store photos with no frills and allow other people to browse them – with no frills – then SlickPic is right for you. Simple and basic, you get the benefits of unlimited uploads, but will be left wanting Flickr’s community feel and more sophisticated features.

Instagram
Everyone has heard of Instagram – probably because of its close association with pictures of lattes or its recent attempt to claim the right to sell its users’ work. But Instagram remains enduring for its ease of use. Instagram is a social networking service that lets users post pictures on its photo-sharing website, apply digital art filters and then share them across a wide range of social networks. And people love it.

Picasa
Picasa is the free photo editor from Google with an integrated photo-sharing website, Picasa Web Albums. Images can be geotagged and organised by face recognition, and Picasa Web Albums allows unlimited storage for Google+ users on photos that are 2048×2048 pixels or smaller. For non-Google+ users it’s 800×800 pixels or smaller. What’s more, you can share up to 1GB of large photos for free, and videos under 15min in length don’t count towards your limit. After you reach your 1GB limit, photos are automatically resized.

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