As a photographer, making a commitment to take at least one photograph a day can be a daunting task, but when you have somewhere to share these photos, it becomes a little easier. Being a part of community that is trying to do exactly the same thing – take at least one photograph a day for a year – is a great motivator to stick to your plan.
There are groups on Flickr dedicated to exactly this sort of thing, but if you’re looking for a more structured outlet, this list of four photo sharing websites will help you decide where to share your photographs.
365Project is the most straightforward photo sharing website out of the four. You can upload one photo per calendar date, and can upload multiple photos simultaneously. 365Project also allows users to email photos to a member-specific email address.
There are many different ways to browse images uploaded to 365Project. You can browse the latest uploads, browse images uploaded on a specific date, popular images, or browse images by specific tags.
Member pages automatically display the latest photo. Browsing member photos can be done in one of two ways – either in chronological order starting with the most recent, or in a calendar format, with thumbnails displayed on each date.
One disappointing feature is that non-paying members can only access their last 365 pictures, so for those of you who want to challenge yourself to keep this up for longer than a year, then 365Project may not be the best choice for you. On the other hand, if you’re aiming to do this for just one year, 365 is perfect because it shows you how much progress you’ve made.
You can follow other members, and add photos uploaded by others to your favourites.
Social media integration on 365Project is limited to Facebook, allowing you to automatically update your Facebook profile as you upload pictures.
Blipfoto is possibly the most elegant, but strictest option of all. Free membership allows you to upload a picture a day, from the day you sign up.
Blipfoto not only restricts members from uploading one photo per day, but also restricts members to assigning uploaded photos on the exact date they were taken. That said, you don’t have to physically upload them on that exact day.
You can choose to display the photograph’s EXIF data, the number of times an image has been viewed, image ratings from other members and tags; amongst other things.
Member journal pages display the latest entry that has been uploaded, and there are two ways to navigate through the photos. Either using the small calendar beneath the photo, you can jump to the photo uploaded on any given date, or you can simply browse through the pictures in chronological order.
One of Blipfoto’s strengths is the fact that all uploaded photos are displayed as thumbnails on the front page, giving all members a chance to get noticed. And because of the strong community built around the site, members are constantly giving feedback.
You can subscribe to other members’ journals, but adding photos to your favourites is a feature only available to paying members.
Blipfoto has great social media integration, allowing users to automatically update their Twitter and Facebook feeds, and Blipfoto has an open API so that users can develop new ways to interact with the site.
iPhone and iPod Touch users can also benefit from the free app [iTunes link] available in the App Store. The application is a stripped down version of the site – allowing you to browse a small selection of the latest photographs, upload photos to your journal and read your latest comments.
Photoblog sets itself apart by allowing users to upload up to 5 photos per day, but they are uploaded as a single entry. You can add a caption and tags to each entry.
Browsing other members’ photos can be filtered in a variety of ways – either by the latest uploads, the most popular, by specific tags or even by location.
User profiles can be browsed in one of two ways – either in chronological order starting with the most recent, or in a calendar format, with thumbnails displayed on each date. Users can also customize their profiles – changing the background and text colour.
Photoblog has some extra features not seen on other sites including watermarking, extensive control over your privacy settings, and the availability of several languages.
Photoblog is possibly the most clunky out of all the sites, and takes some getting used to, as the navigation around the site itself could be a little bit better.
That said, there is a strong community built around the photo sharing website, and that added with the site’s ‘Theme of the Week’ found on the home page, makes for an interesting online experience.
Momentile allows members to upload one photo per day to their account. This can be done directly on the website, emailing it to a member specific email address, or through their iPhone app [iTunes link].
Unlike all of the other sites listed here, if you miss a day, there is no way to upload a photo against that date, so Momentile really keeps you on your toes. If you know there are days you won’t be able to upload the photo, then Momentile is not the site for you.
Browsing other members photos can be filtered by the latest uploads, by new users, most viewed, and most ‘stashed’, amongst others.
Profile pages feature the most recent photograph, and you can work your way through a member’s photo stream chronologically. Past photographs can be seen in small thumbnails or ’tiles’ overlaying the latest image, when you click on the tab. You can also view a tiled archive of a member’s entire year’s worth of photographs.
You can comment on (or ‘caption’) other users photos, follow (or ‘stalk’) other members, and add their photographs to your favourites (or your ‘stash.’) Momentile is the only website listed here that allows you to send private messages to other users.
A unique feature that Momentile offers is SMS updates. This option is limited to certain carriers in the US, UK, Japan, Italy, Germany, Canada and Brazil.
Momentile’s iPhone app [iTunes link] offers a comprehensive experience. You can upload photos from your phone, browse your and other members profiles, including your stalkers and stalkees, change your profile picture, and browse through your favourites.
All features of the website are available to all members and there are no paid upgrades.
If the community experience isn’t necessary for you, you could always use this guide to starting your own personal photoblog using Posterous and update it on a daily basis.
Which of these photo sharing websites do you prefer? Let us know in the comments.
Image credit: Miguel Ugalde
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