Glazemoo: The Creative World
Every photographer wants to maintain a portfolio/Online gallery with his or her best works to promote the creative photographs and share those with the photo enthusiasts. This article has carefully chosen 25 best portfolio/image gallery hosting and photo sharing sites for photographers to showcase and promote their works. The list does not include flickr and deviantART as these are used most widely; and most importantly, the purpose of this post is to shed some light on the potential alternatives of flickr and deviantART that you might have been unaware of. This article also recommends some 30 worthy stock photography sites to sell and manage your photos. Hope this list will let to discover some valuables places to showcase and promote your photographs even further.
Zenfolio is a user friendly photography hosting site for professional photographers to create and organize online photo galleries easily. With Zenfolio, photographers can showcase their works with original quality using elegant page designs. You can also upload full size photos from your camera, sort them into galleries for your photography portfolio and group them any way you want to create clear, compelling presentations. A portfolio on Zenfolio costs a little(minimum $25/year), but you can always take a free trial.
Photo.net is a popular photo community where you can showcase your portfolio to a wide range of audiences. At photo.net, you will be able to manage your photo gallery, upload and exhibit your best works and receive critiques from the community. Free users get limited opportunity to showcase their works however it only cost $25 a year to promote your photographs like a pro.
1x.com is another popular place for photographers and photo enthusiasts. You can sign up with this awesome community and upload your pictures to your portfolio. But unlike other photo hosting sites, 1x maintains a restriction to publish any photo to its homepage. That means it has to be approved by an editor before being published. To be able to show images not published, it also offers a premium membership, which includes your own professional homepage with complete control over what photos to be displayed.
Behance Network is one of the world's leading platforms to create professional portfolios across all industries, including photography. As a free member at Behance, you will be able to create multi-media portfolios to showcase your photographs within the network, as well as throughout partner sites and organizations, and the industry-specific Served Sites.
Coroflot is another good place for photographers to showcase creative works for free. Like Behance, it has a vast audience where you will always love your portfolio to be. It also allows you to send visitors to your portfolio via a short, easy-to-remember URL. You will be able to see how your portfolio is doing with detailed traffic stats. With no upload limit, you can share as much work as you want for free.
Smug Mug is another excellent service to publish, share or showcase photos in your portfolio. You can try it free, but to make your photographic works a ‘brand’ , Smug Mug has a pro membership offer that gives unlimited storage for your photos and sell to millions of customers with its innovative sales tools. A SmugMug Pro Account will cost $150 per year.
Snapixel is probably one of the best photo sharing site for free members, as it offers 5GB storage for them. It also comes up with the tools to upload, store, organize, share or sell photos. I personally like Snapixel for its easy-to-use features and the huge free storage.
A beautiful site where you will love to create a portfolio for your photographs. It has a clean and beautiful interface which also lets you design and control the presentation of your work, on the web and mobile. Viewbook has three categories of membership packages—starting from $4/month, with elegant and visually appealing galleries and albums, unlimited galleries, iPad portfolio app and more.
Hundreds of photographers and artists preferred cardonmade to showcase their works for its large audience, unique design and easy-to-use features. With carbonmade, users can change the overall look, the logo, and the domains of their portfolios to suit their styles. It offers two types of memberships. Free users are allowed to create five different projects with a maximum of 35 images. Paid users get 50 projects, 500 images, 10 videos, domain binding and more at a price of $12 per month.
An awesome and free photo sharing site. You can share your photos with the whole world and last but not least, create a powerful indexing tool that enables you to locate all your information and that which others allow for sharing.
Photoshop.com is the online complement to Adobe's family of Photoshop software, offering an array of photo editing, storage and sharing tools for professional photographers. You will also be able to improve your photography skill set at Photoshop.com as it features inspirational works by talented photographer and provide useful content and tutorials. It offers two level of memberships---Basic (Free) and Plus. A free user gets 2GB of space, personal URL to access account, online photo management, editing, and interactive photo galleries and lots more facilities at Photoshop. Paid users get even more, with 20GB of space, for $49.99 a year.
Red Bubble is a creative community and marketplace for the creative minds, including photographers. It is place for positive encouragement and feedback, somewhere to display work, admire work and talk about work. Red Bubble also allows you to showcase and sell your photos with zero hassle. So Sign up for free and enjoy the ride!
Krop offers an industry standard portfolio hosting for your photographs. With Krop, you will be able to quickly organize your work in some beautiful templates. Free users get a 10-image limit while the paid users enjoy unlimited images uploading, style gallery access, domain mapping, RSS, and video embedding.
Not absolutely a photo hosting site. But it allows you to create your portfolio or blog in a few clicks. It has extremely beautiful design and layouts, providing photographers with an ideal platform to showcase their works.
Pixdaus is a popular photo bookmarking site for photographers and photo enthusiasts. It takes a different approach to environmental photography. Registered users can submit their photos and vote for others’ works. So sign up, start discovering and sharing pictures.
A creative photography community. Upload your photos, make your portfolio and share them with the world.
Phanfare is a useful photo hosting/portfolio site for photographers to display photos online. With Phanfare, you can upload photos using its innovative system or plugins. It also supports Adobe Lightroom, Apple’s Aperture and iPhoto, and Google’s Picasa. You can even upload photos to your portfolio from your iPhone. It has a bunch of sharing and organizing options to ensure maximum exposure for your photos. There is a saying that good thing never comes free, but Phanfare is cost effective as it charges $ 29 for a year.
Great photo hosting site for photographers to create portfolio and showcase their works.
MAGIX Online Photo Album
With your FREE online photography Album at MAGIX Online, you can present your photos in an impressive way on the web to share those more impressively. You will also get a customizable album website with more than 180 wonderful album design templates for every occasion, your own web address as well as up to 10 GB disk space for all your photographs… just an amazing photo hosting site for photographers!
Fotoblog is a non-English site which a gives great way to show the world around your eyes. You can post your interesting shots right from the scene. This is something like a photo diary community, where records are maintained in the form of photographs with descriptions and comments. Sign up today and share your photographs!
Webshots, a concern of American Greetings, is one of the largest photo and video sharing site which also provide a state-of-the-art photo-management application that provides tools for managing photo albums and sharing images online. Webshots offers both FREE and a Premium memberships. Choose the right one for you.
jAlbum lets you turn your photos into spectacular online albums. It's free and only takes a minute. It also provides a desktop application for photographers to upload, manage and showcase their online portfolios. You can also upload online albums straight to your own hosting with the jAlbum desktop app. Jalbum offers 30 MB storage for free users while 1 GB and 10GB for paid users. Paid memberships will cost $ 2.5 to $10 per month.
Issuu is the leading digital publishing platform delivering exceptional reading experiences of magazines, catalogs, and newspapers. You can also upload your best photographs as publication to create beautiful digital editions and reach millions of audience.
A non-English photography community where hundreds of photographers showcase their photographs and rate and leave comments on others’ works.
Another beautiful site for photographers to go around. Accept photo submission to a broad range of audience with rating enabled. Photography contests are being held there to discover the beast pieces.
Places to promote your photos, sell online and earn royalties
If you want more than promoting your photographs, stock photography sites might be a good consideration. These are few good stock photography sites that will manage, promote, sell and protect your right on your images and works. •Age Fotostock •Morguefile •RGBStock
•Corbis images •Openphoto •istockphoto
•Stock.XCHNG •Unprofound •Dreamstime
•Everystockphoto •Freerange •Bigstockphoto
•Stockvault •Photo Rack •fotosearch
•Free Digital Photos •Freeimages •fotolia
•Acobox •Kave Wall •shutterstock
•Photl •Photo Everywhere •jupiterimages
•Imagebase •Photogen •inmagine
•Veer •Photos.com •123rf
Hope you will find both the lists helpful. And if you know any site that was not included here (Especially for Online Portfolio and Image osting), please let us know.
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