You spent hundreds on that digital camera with its 8 megapixels and 4x zoom so you could capture all of your family’s precious moments. And, you’ve been snapping away like Annie Leibovitz. But now that memory card is full, and you’ve got to do something with all those pictures.
Shutterfly.com is free and allows you to upload 10 photos at a time to an unlimited number of albums. You’ll have a personal account and site that can be as easy to remember as firstname.lastname@example.org, making sharing with family and friends that much easier.
Prefer hard copies? Those will cost you 19 cents for a 4×6 print. But, subscribers regularly receive deals for free prints via e-mail, so you’ve got the best of both digital and physical photo worlds.
Flickr.com bills itself as the world’s best photo site. You can be the judge of that, but highlights include the varieties of ways to upload (via e-mail, iPhoto or from your phone, for example) and its array of organization tools. For example, show viewers the progress of your vacation by dragging a specific photo to a location on a map. You can easily create a private group for your family’s collection and invite loved ones to browse and leave notes.
And, if you’re a Mac devotee, the new iLife ’08 package lets you upload from iPhoto and iMovie to create a .Mac Web Gallery with increased storage capacity to share your shots. A .Mac subscription will run at least $99 a year, but it provides a complete organization system for your life, not just photo sharing. iPhoto’s easy editing tools help you put your best face forward, and high-resolution downloads are a click away — so Grandma can always tout the latest photos of the little ones on her desktop.