Five Best Free Photo Sharing Websites

So you have a bank of impressive images. You have laboured with love to get them looking perfect using Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom. Now what do you do with them? Share them of course. Our guest blogger has listed some of the best Photo Sharing sites out there. Why not set up an account with all of them and link them to your website or blog. Link them to your Social Media accounts too. Not only will you get more exposure for your images you will be doing some nifty SEO at the same time…

Could you imagine an Internet without photos? How boring would it be to read only large blocks of texts? The Internet can’t exist without images to go along with the stories we read, especially with the popularity of social networking sites. We want to see pictures of our friends and embarrassing moments and cute dogs. But how do we see and share these photos? Here are five of the best free photo sharing websites out there.

Flickr.com

Heather Buckley on Flickr

Heather Buckley on Flickr

Flickr users with free memberships can store up to 100MB of photos, and it’s an incredibly popular site for hosting images and sharing them with your friends. You can easily edit your photos, and add notes, titles and tags to them. You can tag friends or subjects, which helps to categorize photos. Tags also allow you to search for other types of photos you want to see, or explore different photo topics at your leisure, and then save your favorites to view later. There is also a large community on Flickr, with thousands of groups you can join to connect with like-minded people and photographers.

Photobucket.com

Photobucket is one of the best websites for managing your photos and videos. You can get up to 1GB of storage with a free membership, along with custom URLs to ten of your photo albums. There are easy-to-use editing features, and there’s a large community of users to connect with. If you want ideas and inspiration for photos, there are related articles to read. You can even enter live photo competitions.

Picasa.com

Picasa is run by Google, so it’s a great option to use if you want to quickly share your photos on Google+ or otherwise integrate with your Google account. Even if you’re not a Google user, anyone can enjoy the simple photo hosting of Picasa. There are many different editing effects to choose from if you want to alter your photographs or do side-by-side editing for easy comparisons. Some of the best features on Picasa include the ability to create custom slide-shows or collages, and even store and edit video.

Webshots.com

Webshots is an image hosting website run by American Greetings. It’s a great tool especially for professional photographers, but anyone can enjoy a free membership with room to store more than 1,000 photos. You can invite your friends to view your photos, and you can view the photos of many other users or professional photographers. Webshots will also keep track of statistics for your photos, including how many times they’re viewed. A great feature of this website is the ability to directly order prints or other merchandise featuring your photos, such as mugs or calendars, which make great gifts.

Imgur.com

Imgur is a one of the most popular websites for anonymously sharing images with others on forums like Reddit and social sites like Twitter. You can upload an infinite number of photos, and all your photos will remain private unless you choose to share them with others, because there is no way to search for them. Have fun browsing the Gallery for some of the most popular and most shared images.

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Chad Berth says:

I simply love Mejuba the best. From what I know Mejuba (mejuba.com) is THE only site that offers free and unrestricted uploads of videos and pictures without ANY restrictions on file size, video length or monthly traffic. And uploads your originals. No monthly limits or quotas. You can upload 1GB per upload. Pictures and videos are stored in their original formats and are kept unmodified for backup. I also like that you can geo-tag your stuff so it shows up on a map. And you can search for stuff on the map – that’s cool! Even Google Street View is now implemented – eat that Youtube, Vimeo etc!!! As the only site I know of it uses a Windows Explorer like navigation with folders – super easy to use – even has drag and drop! It’s free, fast, nice design as SO much better than the other video sites. Still missing a few features – but I am sure they will be added later.

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