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3 photo sharing sites for your new shutterbug - Holiday Gift Guide

If you know someone on your gift list is getting a camera or is a new shutterbug, you might want to consider getting them a "pro" photo sharing account where they can upload all their new photos. This is a nice gift for several reasons: 1. A pro account is a must have since most free accounts have a storage limit that the average photographer will easily exceed. 2. Pro accounts are ad free. 3. Pro accounts have more features and allow the upload of larger file sizes. 4. As the giver of the account, it stands to reason you might be given access to your shutterbug's photostream, although, it's equally possible you might not.

Here are my top picks for investing in a pro account. (Many thanks to our readers for enthusiastically recommending Smugmug).

Flickr - $24.95 per year. And they make it super easy to gift.
  • Unlimited photo uploads (20MB per photo).
  • Unlimited video uploads (90 seconds max).
  • Unlimited storage.
  • Unlimited bandwidth.
  • Unlimited photosets.
  • Archiving of high-resolution original images.
  • The ability to replace a photo.
  • Post any of your photos or videos in up to 60 group pools.
Photobucket - $39.95 per year
  • Up to 10 GB of space for images and video clips.
  • Unmetered bandwidth
  • High resolution images – Up to 5MB or 2240 x 1680 pixels per image.
  • Up to 10 minutes video play length.
  • Custom URLs for up to 100 albums.
  • Up to 100 images per slideshow.
  • SWF file support.
Smugmug - plans start at $39.95
  • Unlimited storage.
  • Unlimited bandwidth.
  • Choose themes.
  • Display geotagged photos on Google Maps.
  • Ability to moderate, enable or disable comments.
  • Galleries that auto size to fit any display.
  • Friends and family editing.
  • Disable downloading, viewing larger sizes.
  • Make selected photos/galleries private.
A word of caution if you are considering a photo sharing account for a child - get the child's parents' approval first. Although there are privacy controls at most services, many parents are understandably cautious about their kids uploading and sharing photos online.

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