Free Online Photo Sharing Services

Snapping photos with a digital camera is easy. Sharing your pictures to colleagues, students, friends and family can also be fast and easy. Today’s photo sharing services make organizing, storing, and sharing digital photos convenient, easy, safe and most importantly-fun. There are many free online photo sharing sites that allow you to upload your photos to online albums and invite people to view them. Some of these photo sharing sites allow you to add notes and tags to each photo. In addition, they allow viewers to search your online albums and leave comments and notes on each photo as well. You can post your pictures for private view where only your private group can view the photos and offer feedback on your pictures. In addition, your photos can be geotagged, a process that links your photo with the geographical location of the source of the photo, permitting a visual, geographical study of a particular location or place.

If you are looking for a free online photo sharing site, you may want to consider one of the following sites:

These sites provide free accounts. They are great for teachers and students to post digital photos and use them in teaching and learning. Teachers and students can share their pictures of important school events, class activities, field trips, digital storytelling projects, displays, illustrations, and special occasions. However, using these free online photo sharing sites in education is not without concern. Caution should be used when searching specific topics and a discussion with students about what should take place when inappropriate imagery is located should be done prior to use. As always, the use of these photo sharing sites in the classroom should be closely monitored and balanced against the climate and culture of the school or school district.

If you have used these free photo sharing sites, you have an opportunity here to vote for your favorite site. So, which is the Best Photo Sharing Site?

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About Steve Yuen

I am a Professor Emeritus of Instructional Technology and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States.
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10 Responses to Free Online Photo Sharing Services

  1. Scott says:

    I have used several of the sites you have listed. I am a firm believer that students should have cameras in their classroom and should have a place to either store or show off their creativity.

    The problem in our TX district is every one of these sites you mentioned (as well as others) are blocked from access for the “protection of students”. Yes, I agree that is a good thing however, it is also a very limiting thing.

    Over and over our IT dept offers, “We are not worried about what our students would post while at school, but what the outside world will post that our students might see while at school”. So my frustration, along with many other educators I come across, is there is not a “safe” haven for student creativity.

  2. Phographer says:

    I always use Phocentral http://www.phocentral.com You can create albums and store photos into it along with 3D thumbnails. I really like those 3D thumbnails they are awesome. You will be given easy-to-remember url for your albums like mine http://pc5.phocentral.com/Phographer Also uploading process is very good which supports queuing so that you can queue your photos for upload and leave it. It will be uploaded automatically. I am always a fan of Phocentral for a very nice photo sharing experience.

  3. fendiwanchin says:

    I like the software,but I can’t teaching my student,beauce
    it need Peripherals like microphone, earphone…
    next times , I think use it record my student life in high school

  4. kanogy says:

    Kodak Gallery is the only site that provides free high resolution downloads of your photos. Many sites compress your photos so they are not stored high res when you upload to thier site. You can easily make and share albums from Kodak Gallery in addition to directly sharing your photos to Facebook and videos to YouTube.

    Kodak EasyShare software is great for managing photos and videos on the computer. You can share directly to Kodak Gallery, Facebook, Flickr, and YouTube or by email. It’s full featured so you can share, organize, edit, tag, create photo projects at home and print, or order Photo books, professional quality prints and many other things from Kodak Gallery. Can’t beat all of that.

  5. Madelon Gruich says:

    When families, friends, and students live apart, the ability to share photos online is an invaluable experience. Regardless of how photo sharing services are used, the main purpose is to have an online or Web presence of photo albums. This recent phenomenon has become popular with individuals sharing wedding albums, vacation albums, baby albums, etc. This is a great opportunity for a relative to keep up with family members as babies are born or children graduate from high school or college. Children grow up so quickly, and being able to follow their adventures digitally helps to minimize the lack of involvement in their daily lives. With the mobile society of today, more and more family members relocate to distant parts of the world because of jobs, the military, or retirement.

    The Mississippi Gulf Coast is home to Keesler Air Force Base, and several Air Force families have become many of my life-long friends. Although they relocated to various bases around the world, being able to follow them through photos helps keep us close. One daughter’s wedding album was online and two years later, her new baby daughter’s pictures were added. When one bought a new home, I was able to see the pictures before they moved in. Another friend bought a new car, and yes, I saw it when she drove it home.

    Even for the non-technical user, photo sharing sites are easy to set up and use. Educationally, photo sharing services can be utilized for group projects or for sharing information among members of an online class. Many opportunities are available for integrating this technology into classes and educational environments.

  6. 郁茹 says:

    我非常喜歡線上相片分享的這些服務,剛開始是為了「備份」以及和同事共用教學活動成果相片,尤其每個網站提供的容量都蠻大的,永遠不擔心電腦壞掉後,相片通通不見了。但是現在我喜歡這些相片分享是可以給意見,尤其是我出去玩的時候,把看到的東西傳上去後,朋友們會給一些意見,甚至心得交換,這樣一來,相片不再只是回應,而是一種工具,可以增加朋友互動的機會。
    另一方面,學校的學生和家長、甚至是志工也很喜歡上網看這些相片,他們會把它們再分享去自己的網站,讓其他人知道他們在學校的活動。
    至於使用上,我比較常用Picasa,因為一開始它有軟體提供上傳服務,並且標示出哪些已上傳。但是後來我比較喜歡Flickr,因為他和其他網站的連結比較多,要進行分享比較方便。

  7. 郁茹 says:

    我非常喜歡線上相片分享的這些服務,剛開始是為了「備份」以及和同事共用教學活動成果相片,尤其每個網站提供的容量都蠻大的,永遠不擔心電腦壞掉後,相片通通不見了。但是現在我喜歡這些相片分享是可以給意見,尤其是我出去玩的時候,把看到的東西傳上去後,朋友們會給一些意見,甚至心得交換,這樣一來,相片不再只是回應,而是一種工具,可以增加朋友互動的機會。
    另一方面,學校的學生和家長、甚至是志工也很喜歡上網看這些相片,他們會把它們再分享去自己的網站,讓其他人知道他們在學校的活動。
    至於使用上,我比較常用Picasa,因為一開始它有軟體提供上傳服務,並且標示出哪些已上傳。但是後來我比較喜歡Flickr,因為他和其他網站的連結比較多,要進行分享比較方便。

  8. shiuan says:

    老師老師~ Bubbleshare這個網站停用囉~~~ ^^

  9. shiuan says:

    老師老師~ Bubbleshare這個網站停用囉~~~ ^^

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