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    I currently only use this site and Apple Photos to share photos remotely. (I also have a cloud back-up)

    What are the advantages of Smugmug and Flikr, and which is the better service? Or are there better hosting sites out there?

    Unsure if I want to put my photos out for general viewing, so how private are these services, and how controllable is it for people to download your work - and what prevents "theft" of images?

    What do the collective here use and why?
    Paul

    I didn’t get where I am today....

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    Re: Photo hosting sites

    I'm using Flickr because the first 1000 images are free. When I get close to the free limit then I will consider my options.

    Ross
    I fiddle with violins (when I'm not fiddling with a camera).
    Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ross-the-fiddler/
    Cameras: OM-D E-M1 & Mk II, Olympus Stylus 1, OM-D E-M5.
    Lenses: M.ZD7-14mm f2.8 PRO Lens, M.ZD12-40mm f2.8 PRO Lens, M.ZD40-150mm f2.8 PRO Lens, MC-14, MC-20, M.ZD45mm f1.8, M.ZD12-50, M.ZD60 Macro, M.ZD75-300 Mk II, MMF-3, ZD14-54 II, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM.
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        Re: Photo hosting sites

        I'd recommend a free Flickr account and only upload screen suitable images.

        Smug mug own Flickr these days.
        Smug mug have more of a focus on selling where as Flickr used to be about groups and communities.

        I was on free Flickr for about 10yrs but when they were bought out I had to move to the paid plan. I considered cutting back to 1000 images but in the end inertia took over so it's just renewed again for the next year.

        If you're just starting there then a free Flickr account will last you a while if you're selective.
        I only upload up to 1080px high so while you could steal my images, you wouldn't print them.

        I have downloading disabled but there are ways around that too hence the size limit.
        I don't use it as a backup/cloud storage solution.
        You can set the privacy of images to various levels including private, only you - not sure why though!
        https://www.flickr.com/photos/amcuk/

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          Re: Photo hosting sites

          Originally posted by AMc View Post
          I'd recommend a free Flickr account and only upload screen suitable images.

          ..............

          You can set the privacy of images to various levels including private, only you - not sure why though!
          Putting up some as Private still allows the image to be shared on a forum or to a friend in an email etc where an image isn't something you may not want to share to the world, just a select group of people. For example, I have photos of a choir (with my daughter in it) where all the images are set as private but I shared the album (in an email) with them in so that those members had access to the photos & could also download them.
          Ross
          I fiddle with violins (when I'm not fiddling with a camera).
          Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ross-the-fiddler/
          Cameras: OM-D E-M1 & Mk II, Olympus Stylus 1, OM-D E-M5.
          Lenses: M.ZD7-14mm f2.8 PRO Lens, M.ZD12-40mm f2.8 PRO Lens, M.ZD40-150mm f2.8 PRO Lens, MC-14, MC-20, M.ZD45mm f1.8, M.ZD12-50, M.ZD60 Macro, M.ZD75-300 Mk II, MMF-3, ZD14-54 II, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM.
          Flashes: FL36R X2, FL50R, FL50.
          Software: Capture One Pro 10 (& Olympus Viewer 3).

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            Re: Photo hosting sites

            First of all you have to assume that anything you put online can be downoaded by someone. there are ways and means around just about anything a browser can limit you to do (as I demonstrated recently to an artist friend who thought that originals uploaded to instagram were secure

            Having said that why do most of us take pictures if not to share and I use my own website (link below) because I can upload to that faster and easier than any of the sharing sites I have tried.

            I've not used Pixsy, but I have tried google image search and had a few hits, but honestly not that many even for images I know are widely used

            Regards
            Andy
            My Kit (OK I'm a hoarder...)
            4/3 E500, E510, E30 + 35macro, 50macro, 7-14, 11-22, 14-45 (x2), 14-54, 40-150 (both types), 50-200, 70-300, 50-500,
            m 4/3 EM1MkII + 60 macro, 12-100 Pro
            FL20, FL36 x2 , FL50, cactus slaves etc.
            The Boss (Mrs Shenstone) E620, EM10-II, 14-41Ez, 40-150R, 9 cap and whatever she can nick from me when she wants it

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            http://www.shenstone.me.uk http://landroverkaty.blogspot.com/
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                Re: Photo hosting sites

                You might want to look at Fred Miranda, my host site. It isn't free but it doesn't cost much and the fee includes option to sell from there.

                Harold
                The body is willing but the mind is weak.

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