By Trevor Sadowski
Digital photo albums are a great way of sharing your photos with friends and family, whatever country they live in.
What makes digital photo albums so special?
Unlike the old days of film, if you take photos using a digital camera it is now much easier to share these images across the world, using photo albums hosted on a website.
Instead of arranging for extra copies of photos to be made, all you need to do is to open a free account at websites like the Kodak Easyshare Gallery or Photobucket and start uploading your photos. You then decide which style of album you wish to display your photos in and then invite people to view them. You will find that most photo albums sites allow you to comment on your photos. Not only that but you can also allow visitors to add comments too. This takes sharing photos to a new level and of course you can upload from anywhere in the world. You just need access to an internet connection.
So, if you are traveling, your friends and family can see where you are and really get into the experience of your adventures.
What are the benefits of digital photo albums?
The main benefit is the avoidance of hassle when you want to share your photos. Uploading them to a website is a once only operation. You avoid the need for sending large attachments with emails. In my experience you are never sure whether they will reach their destination anyway.
You can request printed photos directly from the photo albums site if you need copies but in particular, friends and family can do this too. A major saving in your time on what is usually a laborious task.
What are the downsides?
You will find that you have to sign up for a free account which grants you access to the main photo albums creation area. However, be aware that you usually have to make a purchase, at least one a year, to keep your account active. This purchase may take the form of a few hard copies of pictures from your digital photo albums or perhaps your images printed on mugs, keyrings or posters etc.
You need to read the terms and conditions carefully as digital photo albums suppliers usually reserve the right to delete your digital photos or videos should you not make the required purchase. But don’t worry, some only require the purchase of a few of your digital photos printed and it is not very expensive.
Trevor Sadowski has been taking photos for more than 30 years and loves to help people improve their photos.
For more information and reviews of the main photo albums sites visit Trevor’s website for some solid recommendations.