The Importance of Photo Book Sites
Digitizing your photos takes them off your camera and puts them on the computer where they can be stored and shared. It makes things a lot easier for you, but once you start digitizing, you’ll run into the same problem you have with physical photos – you have to keep them organized.
Photo book sites offer a great solution. Sites like Mixbook, Shutterfly, and MyCanvas help you organize your pictures so that you don’t go crazy searching your hard drive for those vacation pictures from last year.
Customizable and Flexible
Photo book sites offer lots of flexibility when it comes to designing your albums. They’re totally customizable. You can design the album your own way so that your photos are easy to find and presented in a way that you like. This flexibility makes photo sharing sites great for more than just vacation pictures. You can use them to store homework, recipes, images for a portfolio, or anything else.
Sharing Is Caring
Probably the greatest benefit of photo book sites is the ability to publish your own pictures. It’s extremely convenient for sharing. If you have privacy concerns, you can set the access settings so that only certain chosen people can view your photos. Some sites let you bulk upload and some let others download your pictures. There are even sites that will print physical pictures for you.
Tools to Make You a Better Photographer
Many of these websites which offer online photo albums, provide their own editing tools that you can use to make yourself look like a better photographer. You can crop, resize, alter colors and add effects. If you’ve ever used Instagram or a similar app, you know the tremendous difference these editing tools can make.
Photo book sites are often free and the ones that charge you are cheap. Usually, the free services give you only a limited amount of space for storage, but with a reasonably priced premium site, the storage can be virtually unlimited.
Although online photo album services offer a great service at a low price, there are some disadvantages. First of all, there are privacy issues to consider. Make sure that you know how the access settings work and adjust settings accordingly. Otherwise, personal information about you and your family may be available for anyone who wants it.
You can choose your own privacy settings, but whenever you publish photos online, there’s a chance they’ll be ripped off. All a person has to do is copy and save, and then the picture is theirs. Your pictures can also be altered. If you’re in a photo, for example, standing in a certain pose, the picture can be altered so that it looks like you’re doing something sexual. It’s easy for somebody to turn your innocent pictures into something dirty and there’s nothing you can do about it.
The Case of the Disappearing Photo Book Site (with All of Your Data)
Finally, photo book sites occasionally disappear, especially the free ones. They may not have enough revenue to keep going and they may not tell you when they have to pull the plug. The result is that all of your pictures disappear.
You can avoid this risk if you choose a good, well-known name. Check out the site to see how long they’ve been around. You might want to stick to premium sites since they’re much safer. It’s never a bad idea to store your photos in two places as well (for example, using two different photo album websites where one is for backup).
Online photo book services are great for keeping your pictures and sharing easily. Your pictures won’t deteriorate like they do in a basement or closet. Just take the time to find a good, reputable site and always think about the photos you publish before you upload them.