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Review: Smugmug Photo Sharing Site

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One of the big advantages of having a digital camera is the ability to share your photos with family and friends. If you are really into photo sharing, we recommend photo sharing site.

Smugmug, PC Magazine's Editor's Choice for online photo sharing sites, is our top pick. We love Smugmug. Finally, there is a place on the web where you can upload, arrange and share your photos with all your family and friends in style. In business since 2002, Smugmug hosts over 800 million photos and counting.

Smugmug is easy to use and offers lots of options for you as well as the people you are sharing your photos with. There is a variety of elegant templates for displaying your pictures and photo-editing capabilities. You'll also find a selection of presentation styles including thumbnail, thumbnails plus images, slide shows, and journals where you can include text. If you are technically inclined, Smugmug even supports html, CSS and Javascript so you can customize your album pages. There is a yearly fee, but for all the features you get, it is well worth it to get unlimited .

Prints

Smugmug offers prints in a whopping 37 different sizes in glossy, matte, luster or metallic finishes. You can also order 5x7 folded cards and 4x8 flat cards, mounted prints, wrapped canvas, box framed prints, and rolled canvas, plus photo gifts including shirts, puzzles, mugs, collage posters and photo calendars.

Photo Books

Smugmug has partnered with Blurb and MyCanvas to offer bookstore-quality photo books in a variety of sizes.

Reasons We Love Smugmug

Smugmug is very different from traditional digital photo developing sites and online photo storage companies. Here are some key differences:

Uploading Images

Smugmug's upload tool is great. There is a simple drag-and-drop feature and you can view the upload progress of individual files.

Editing Tools

For editing photos, Smugmug features tools for cropping, rotating and resizing images, auto-correcting color balance and adding color effects such as sepia tones.

Sharing Photos

Sharing photos is easy. You get a custom URL (such as yourname . smugmug.com) that you can email to family and friends. All they need to do is click on the URL and they are sent to your photo albums. You can download and print photos at home or order prints for delivery. Smugmug offers your viewers the ability to buy prints of your photos and have them shipped to them, download full resolution images to their computer to print them at home, or burn them to a CD to print at a local retail store.

Photo Security

Smugmug keeps two exact copies of the photos you upload in a secure data center. You can order CD and DVD backups any time, or you can download your originals back to your computer. You set the options for how your photos are displayed, who gets access, captions,

There is also a Pro version of Smugmug for professional photographers who want a low cost means of selling their images online without the hassles having their own web site.

Here is a summary of Smugmug features:

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