Plugins For Online Photo Sharing

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One of the best things about digital photography is the ability to easily share photos with friends, family and strangers alike.  There are a lot of options on the Internet for photo sharing including social networks that are more than just photo sites.

In this post I’d like to highlight a few of the more popular photo sharing sites along side the more popular photo editing tools.  Some tools are ready to use with their default photo sharing sites (think Picasa and Windows Live Photo), but for most of the tools a plugin is required to easily upload photos.

I use a number of tools and plugins and thought it’d be helpful to bring them all together in one helpful grid.  All of these plugins are free to use although some require registration.  I hope you can find something useful to make photo sharing a little bit easier for you!

Photo editing software is listed down the left side of the table and photo sharing sites are listed along the top.  Match the resources you are looking for and then click on the link in the grid.  If you see a missing plugin, please feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to add it.  All the links below are not hosted by Digital Photography School and are subject to change.

Flickr Facebook Smugmug Picasa Web Windows Live
Lightroom Yes Yes Yes Yes Can’t Find One
Picasa Yes Yes Yes Included Can’t Find One
Aperture Yes Yes Yes Yes Can’t Find One
Windows Live Photo Yes Yes Yes Yes Incuded
iPhoto Yes Yes Yes Yes Can’t Find One
gimp Yes (linux) Kind Of Can’t Find One Yes (linux) Can’t Find One

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  • What about Expono?
    I help to translate it to spanish and the service has a lot of interesting features.
    Check it please.

  • FANTASTIC post. What a great resource. Thanks for putting it together!

  • You can add F-Spot to your list. It can export to Flickr, Picasaweb, Smugmug, 23hq and Gallery.

  • Florian

    You might want to include F-Spot rather than The Gimp as “the linux alternative”. It’s to lightroom what gimp is to photoshop. There are, of course, dozens of alternatives, but F-Spot comes included with Ubuntu default installations.

  • TC

    There’s a ZenFolio plugin for Lightroom, Aperture and IPhoto…

  • tom

    Also, pixelpipe has plugins for almost everything under the sun (iphone, windows live photo, etc..) and will upload to loads of sites at once, based on filters.

    I use it to upload to 23hq which is the site i migrated to after flickr.

    I can’t work out how they make money, but it’s a useful source of plugins for many many sites, especially the smaller ones. .

  • TJD

    How about a mention of the Lightroom to Gallery plugin?

  • very nicely put together!! Some I hadn’t known about, thanks!! 🙂

  • Peter

    this must have taken a lot of work… thank you DPS… your hard work is appreciated…

  • Nice resource. It makes it so convenient when you can upload right from Picasa or iPhoto. If your favorite service does not have a plugin, try to get the email address that you can use to upload to your account. It’s just slightly less elegant, but still much, much better than going to the web interface each time. Picasa works extremely well.

  • Very useful article. I noticed that Photoshop Elements was not included. While I’m not aware of any sharing plugins for Elements, it includes support for Smugmug (and I believe Flickr as well).

  • I’ve never used any app plugin to upload photos to share, would that really make life easier when sharing photos?

    I’ve been using Multiply (http://multiply.com) for about 4 years and I never felt like the need of using any upload tool integrated with the computer apps. Maybe, considering the selection of photo sharing services you’ve listed, it would be interesting.

    At Multiply you have an AutoUploader that scans your computer for folders you’ve selected and load all the images while you are doing other stuff. So, there is no need to wait for an upload to finish. You just have to go to a private area under the site and select the images you want to share. And it doesn’t have upload limits, therefore it also serves as a backup tool for the photos.

    (BTW, Multiply has Plugins for Picasa and Windows Live)

  • using f-spot and ubuntu you can use flickr but irather use ipernity.com

  • I use Elements – I just checked and it does seem to come ready to share with flickr and smugmug (learn something new every day!) but I use fotki.com as my main photo site (great ability to organize folders and albums, set different passwords, sell photos etc) and I use mozilla’s firefox and added fireFTP to the browser and it is SOOO nice and easy to FTP photos from my computer over to any album I choose.

  • Silverzz

    Any such plugin for photoshop to flickr?

  • Paul S

    I’ve been using the SmugMug and Facebook plugins for Lightroom for a couple weeks–awesome tools. Many thanks to Jeffrey for going out on a limb and putting them together with only a “donation” gig to pay for his efforts. They are HUGE time savers.

  • Wow, thanks for this. I use Picasa and Flickr and I was feeling frustrated that Google wouldn’t just bite the bullet and admit that Picasa needed to be able to upload to Flickr. Picasa Web Albums really isn’t very good.

    So I’m really glad that I can now do that with the click of a button. Thanks again!

  • Awesome post. Thanks for sharing!

  • Zach

    Great list and thanks! but best I’ve been able to tell, the Aperture to Picasa Web Albums 1.4.2 is a demo from Ubermind, Inc and you get just 15 days free, then costs $25 to continue using… or am I missing something because that’s the only reason I haven’t tried it.
    Thanks again.

  • Zach,

    Unfortunately you are not missing anything. The Ubermind Picasa Web Albums plugin is only a demo of a paid program. You may wish to try this free alternative..
    http://code.google.com/p/aperture-picasa-plugin/

    @Everyone: An addition to the list would be pBase. There is an Aperture to pBase plugin which can be found here…
    http://davidholmes.org/aperture-to-pbase.html

  • Expono has plugins for Twitter, Facebook and Lightroom. Check it out at http://www.expono.com

    More coming!

    Pål de Vibe
    Expono

  • Karin Robison

    I’ve recently made a commitment, both personal and financial, to get a real estate blog up and running (about 1/2 way there now), but good pics are hard to find (aka, expensive when hiring out). I’m a real novice at picture taking, but enthusiastic with some classroom time under my belt and a versatile, simple camera– Canon Powershot S5IS. I purposely bought it so I could point and shoot vs changing lenses and missing the moment, but getting back into real estate sales earlier this year now presents a new wrinkle or two…

    Couple of questions I could use help with:

    1. Canon does have both a telephoto and wide-angle lense available for this camera–are they worth the added expense? Wide angle is a real must for house photography, but is this a good way to go or would Photostitch do a better job on a few select pics and later trade up for an actual DSLR?

    2. Is there a plug in for a blog/website, Facebook, plain old email, etc. that easily presents the viewer with a “wall” or gallery of photos similar to Cooliris without the viewer needing to download anything or give any information in order to view–just click-and-view? Cooliris is a great presentation, similar to HP’s touchscreen photo presentation, but I would need something available in one click with no commitment on the viewers end (that doesn’t take forever to load). Am I just dreaming or is this possible to accomplish for the average blog reader/picture viewer with average internet speed?

    Thank you!

  • I use digiKam on Linux to do my photo management. It can upload direct to:

    – Smugmug
    – Gallery (a photo website engine you can have on or in your own website)
    – Picasaseb
    – Flickr
    – 23hq
    -Facebook

    I can also export direct to:
    – A stand-alone HTML website that it builds on request
    – An Flash FLV file for a video slideshow

  • Yahvo

    Thank you so much! I think this is exactly the sort of post I like seeing- expanding our knowledge of what capabilities and programs are available to us. Many of which we might not already be aware of. =)

  • Anne-Marie Ladegaard

    Thank you very much for this fantastic post! Terrific plug-ins and so easy to install and use! 🙂

  • `Picasa` is a wonderful and found to be the best so far….try once!
    nice time.

  • Michael Doe

    Regards ‘Picasa’ I use it all the time and agree it’s the best of alll free downloads.

  • I use Corel Products-they are much more instinctive, not to mention cheaper, than Adobe Products. Can you add Corel to your matrix?

    Thanx

    Glenn

  • susan

    picasa is a horrible photo storage application. if you have high res images — you will get a lot of noise on the upload; flckr is much better than picasa ; smug mug turns out to have the best quality when uploaded, but requires a fee to use the service ($40 per year).

    flckr and smug mug have similar upload quality, however, smug mug still gives you a better quality upload than flckr

  • Ron Stransky

    I think it would be good idea for someone to review all these upoad sites, and build a feature comparison table. I started saving photos at snapfish back in its’ early days, then moved to picasa, and am not sure if I am missing anything by not moving to other more modern sites. I have years worth of albums at these sites, and won’t move to another service unless I have a very good reason to. Ease of use for OTHERS is imnportant to me, otherwise people won’t take the time to look at my shots.

  • Marcia

    What about Kodak Gallery?

  • Antony

Some Older Comments

  • Marcia October 8, 2011 06:01 am

    What about Kodak Gallery?

  • Ron Stransky July 21, 2010 02:49 am

    I think it would be good idea for someone to review all these upoad sites, and build a feature comparison table. I started saving photos at snapfish back in its' early days, then moved to picasa, and am not sure if I am missing anything by not moving to other more modern sites. I have years worth of albums at these sites, and won't move to another service unless I have a very good reason to. Ease of use for OTHERS is imnportant to me, otherwise people won't take the time to look at my shots.

  • susan September 22, 2009 07:20 am

    picasa is a horrible photo storage application. if you have high res images -- you will get a lot of noise on the upload; flckr is much better than picasa ; smug mug turns out to have the best quality when uploaded, but requires a fee to use the service ($40 per year).

    flckr and smug mug have similar upload quality, however, smug mug still gives you a better quality upload than flckr

  • Glenn Runyan August 21, 2009 02:06 am

    I use Corel Products-they are much more instinctive, not to mention cheaper, than Adobe Products. Can you add Corel to your matrix?

    Thanx

    Glenn

  • Michael Doe July 24, 2009 11:50 pm

    Regards 'Picasa' I use it all the time and agree it's the best of alll free downloads.

  • durgasprasad July 24, 2009 03:08 pm

    `Picasa` is a wonderful and found to be the best so far....try once!
    nice time.

  • Anne-Marie Ladegaard July 24, 2009 07:43 am

    Thank you very much for this fantastic post! Terrific plug-ins and so easy to install and use! :)

  • Yahvo July 19, 2009 02:07 pm

    Thank you so much! I think this is exactly the sort of post I like seeing- expanding our knowledge of what capabilities and programs are available to us. Many of which we might not already be aware of. =)

  • Alan Dayley July 19, 2009 03:53 am

    I use digiKam on Linux to do my photo management. It can upload direct to:

    - Smugmug
    - Gallery (a photo website engine you can have on or in your own website)
    - Picasaseb
    - Flickr
    - 23hq
    -Facebook

    I can also export direct to:
    - A stand-alone HTML website that it builds on request
    - An Flash FLV file for a video slideshow

  • Karin Robison July 19, 2009 01:17 am

    I've recently made a commitment, both personal and financial, to get a real estate blog up and running (about 1/2 way there now), but good pics are hard to find (aka, expensive when hiring out). I'm a real novice at picture taking, but enthusiastic with some classroom time under my belt and a versatile, simple camera-- Canon Powershot S5IS. I purposely bought it so I could point and shoot vs changing lenses and missing the moment, but getting back into real estate sales earlier this year now presents a new wrinkle or two...

    Couple of questions I could use help with:

    1. Canon does have both a telephoto and wide-angle lense available for this camera--are they worth the added expense? Wide angle is a real must for house photography, but is this a good way to go or would Photostitch do a better job on a few select pics and later trade up for an actual DSLR?

    2. Is there a plug in for a blog/website, Facebook, plain old email, etc. that easily presents the viewer with a "wall" or gallery of photos similar to Cooliris without the viewer needing to download anything or give any information in order to view--just click-and-view? Cooliris is a great presentation, similar to HP's touchscreen photo presentation, but I would need something available in one click with no commitment on the viewers end (that doesn't take forever to load). Am I just dreaming or is this possible to accomplish for the average blog reader/picture viewer with average internet speed?

    Thank you!

  • Pål de Vibe July 19, 2009 12:54 am

    Expono has plugins for Twitter, Facebook and Lightroom. Check it out at www.expono.com

    More coming!

    Pål de Vibe
    Expono

  • Cuchulainn July 19, 2009 12:13 am

    Zach,

    Unfortunately you are not missing anything. The Ubermind Picasa Web Albums plugin is only a demo of a paid program. You may wish to try this free alternative..
    http://code.google.com/p/aperture-picasa-plugin/

    @Everyone: An addition to the list would be pBase. There is an Aperture to pBase plugin which can be found here...
    http://davidholmes.org/aperture-to-pbase.html

  • Zach July 18, 2009 09:09 am

    Great list and thanks! but best I've been able to tell, the Aperture to Picasa Web Albums 1.4.2 is a demo from Ubermind, Inc and you get just 15 days free, then costs $25 to continue using... or am I missing something because that's the only reason I haven't tried it.
    Thanks again.

  • LensArtwork July 18, 2009 06:37 am

    Awesome post. Thanks for sharing!

  • David Jackmanson July 18, 2009 06:33 am

    Wow, thanks for this. I use Picasa and Flickr and I was feeling frustrated that Google wouldn't just bite the bullet and admit that Picasa needed to be able to upload to Flickr. Picasa Web Albums really isn't very good.

    So I'm really glad that I can now do that with the click of a button. Thanks again!

  • Paul S July 18, 2009 05:31 am

    I've been using the SmugMug and Facebook plugins for Lightroom for a couple weeks--awesome tools. Many thanks to Jeffrey for going out on a limb and putting them together with only a "donation" gig to pay for his efforts. They are HUGE time savers.

  • Silverzz July 18, 2009 04:10 am

    Any such plugin for photoshop to flickr?

  • beverlykaytw July 18, 2009 04:05 am

    I use Elements - I just checked and it does seem to come ready to share with flickr and smugmug (learn something new every day!) but I use fotki.com as my main photo site (great ability to organize folders and albums, set different passwords, sell photos etc) and I use mozilla's firefox and added fireFTP to the browser and it is SOOO nice and easy to FTP photos from my computer over to any album I choose.

  • Bengt July 18, 2009 03:24 am

    using f-spot and ubuntu you can use flickr but irather use ipernity.com

  • Rogerio Toth July 18, 2009 03:06 am

    I've never used any app plugin to upload photos to share, would that really make life easier when sharing photos?

    I've been using Multiply (http://multiply.com) for about 4 years and I never felt like the need of using any upload tool integrated with the computer apps. Maybe, considering the selection of photo sharing services you've listed, it would be interesting.

    At Multiply you have an AutoUploader that scans your computer for folders you've selected and load all the images while you are doing other stuff. So, there is no need to wait for an upload to finish. You just have to go to a private area under the site and select the images you want to share. And it doesn't have upload limits, therefore it also serves as a backup tool for the photos.

    (BTW, Multiply has Plugins for Picasa and Windows Live)

  • Dave July 18, 2009 02:54 am

    Very useful article. I noticed that Photoshop Elements was not included. While I'm not aware of any sharing plugins for Elements, it includes support for Smugmug (and I believe Flickr as well).

  • VitaminCM July 18, 2009 02:35 am

    Nice resource. It makes it so convenient when you can upload right from Picasa or iPhoto. If your favorite service does not have a plugin, try to get the email address that you can use to upload to your account. It's just slightly less elegant, but still much, much better than going to the web interface each time. Picasa works extremely well.

  • Peter July 18, 2009 02:08 am

    this must have taken a lot of work... thank you DPS... your hard work is appreciated...

  • kimrose July 18, 2009 01:58 am

    very nicely put together!! Some I hadn't known about, thanks!! :)

  • TJD July 18, 2009 01:22 am

    How about a mention of the Lightroom to Gallery plugin?

  • tom July 18, 2009 01:16 am

    Also, pixelpipe has plugins for almost everything under the sun (iphone, windows live photo, etc..) and will upload to loads of sites at once, based on filters.

    I use it to upload to 23hq which is the site i migrated to after flickr.

    I can't work out how they make money, but it's a useful source of plugins for many many sites, especially the smaller ones. .

  • TC July 18, 2009 01:04 am

    There's a ZenFolio plugin for Lightroom, Aperture and IPhoto...

  • Florian July 18, 2009 01:01 am

    You might want to include F-Spot rather than The Gimp as "the linux alternative". It's to lightroom what gimp is to photoshop. There are, of course, dozens of alternatives, but F-Spot comes included with Ubuntu default installations.

  • Fabio Brito (psychopenguin) July 18, 2009 12:47 am

    You can add F-Spot to your list. It can export to Flickr, Picasaweb, Smugmug, 23hq and Gallery.

  • Alan July 18, 2009 12:47 am

    FANTASTIC post. What a great resource. Thanks for putting it together!

  • Pablo Lara H July 18, 2009 12:46 am

    What about Expono?
    I help to translate it to spanish and the service has a lot of interesting features.
    Check it please.

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