You may have joined photo-sharing craze to share your family vacation photos, but have you thought about other uses for photo sharing?
Here are just a few ideas:
Scrapbooking: Show off your creative projects. You can design scrapbook pages and enhance them with clipart using software like Paint Shop Photo Album or FotoFinish and then upload them to a photo sharing site for everyone to enjoy.
Hobbies: Perhaps you belong to a cross-stitching club or other end of spectrum, a motorcycle or classic car club. You can share your best cross-stitch projects or pictures of you with your Harley or ’57 Chevy with other club members.
Class Reunions: What better way to share reunion photos with former class members across miles than in an online photo album, so all can view and reminisce.
Arts and Crafts Portfolio: Do you design jewelry, paint or make woodcarvings or other crafts to sell? A digital photo gallery is a great way to show off your pieces, and you can add your own captions, prices, etc.
Genealogy: If you are in charge of recording your family’s history, organize old family photos in a digital album to share with distant family members. Chances are, old photos will need some repair for cracks, fading, spots, etc. You can easily repair photos yourself using photo software like Photoshop Elements or Paint Shop Pro.
School Events: Create an online album for pictures of football or basketball games, proms, graduation parties and other school events to share with classmates.
Weddings: You can design an elegant photo album and let those who couldn’t attend wedding see bride walk down aisle and “virtually” experience conga line at reception. Weddings were made for photo sharing!
Rubber Stamping Designs: A photo gallery of your rubber stamp creations is a great way to showcase them for fellow stamp artists.
Okay, you get picture. Use your imagination and you’ll find dozens of opportunities for sharing your photos.
PHOTO SHARING SITES AND SOFTWARE The next step is how do you do it? That’s easy too. With digital camera craze comes a proliferation of photo sharing sites and software. The top sites include Ofoto, Shutterfly and Snapfish, which give you simple, free software so you can make basic edits such as adjust contrast, crop and remove red-eye. You can quickly upload your images to their website and put photos in different albums, name albums and add captions. Then you just email your friends link to your album. The good news is it’s free; down side is that some sites limit number of photos you can share. These sites, of course, will also print your photos for as little as 22 cents each and mail them to you; those who view your albums can also order prints.