Sunshine by Lyn Phillips
PhotoSharing is possible via a multiplicity of sites, including Photoshop and social networking sites such as Facebook: while, the latter has raised a number of privacy concerns in the past, and will not be discussed further here , other free sites exist such as Flickr and Picasa Web Albums.
For both sites, one needs to create a free Yahoo or Google account. The easiest way to upload photos to these sites is to install the Flickr or Google Picasa software. However, perhaps it is less generally known is that they can be used without the sender necessarily installing the associated upload software. Both have basic uploaders which can be selected as an option instead.
For Flickr, this option is available via the "Upload photos and videos to Flickr" page. For Picasa, this option can be selected on the "Installing the Picasa Web Albums Upload Control" page (after signing in to Picasa Web Albums at http://picasaweb.google.com, and click the Upload button).
The basic uploaders are a bit cumbersome and require one-by-one definition of images to upload, but they do work. Flickr compresses the size of uploaded photos (to max. 1024 or 1280 pixels) whatever the original size, whereas Picasa allows the upload of various levels of compression.
The full or basic Picasa uploaders can upload at the full original image size if desired. The sender can set permissions in Flickr or Picasa private photos, or for individuals with nominated e-mail addresses to view or change uploaded images.
The recipient can be sent a notification e-mail that there are images with restricted permission to view or change. However, perhaps also not generally known, the recipient does not necessarily have to have a Yahoo or Google account. This can be useful for sharing with those who do not wish to sign up to such accounts, or have privacy concerns. The sender can upload to an album with public permissions, and can e-mail a secret web link to the intended recipient(s). Only members of the public having the link can access the photos.
CLICK to compare the features of a variety of different Photo Sharing software.