I’ve tried a lot of photo-sharing sites in the past – Flickr, Picasa, Facebook, even my own cusom-built one, but none of them have ever quite worked the way I wanted them to.
Until now! US-based site Smugmug provides a terrific way to share photos and video with far more functionality than most sites. It’s all very Web 2.0, with a great user interface, nice transitions between photos, themable galleries and lots of privacy options which great for those people (like me) a bit nervous about spreading photos of your kids all over the internet for anyone to see.
Uploading is easy, there are a range of upload options available across Windows and Mac, including support for Picasa, iPhoto, Photoshop and Aperture.
One of the best features is that you can upload full resolutions of your images, so friends and family can download print-quality images. When viewing the images on a computer, Smugmug automatically resizes them to fit your screen, using a sharpening filter to make sure your photos look as good as they possibly can.
The only downside if that all this functionality doesn’t come for free. A basic account, which gives you unlimited photo storage cost $39.95US per year. A power user account which adds video support and your own hostname is $59.95 and a pro account which enable high-defenition video streaming and the ability to sell your photos costs $149.95.
For me it’s well worth it. I’ll be smug for a while.