Suggestion for Web Photo Galleries and Scripts?


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crf00

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Hello, I have been using picasaweb for several months to publish my photo, until recently I get totally pissed off because picasaweb strips off color profile tag from my photo! That made me suddenly stunt for a while when I saw my lifeless online photos from my macbook.

The reason why I didn't want to use flickr is because they strip off EXIF information from photos, but picasaweb just strips off the most important information of a photo. Another thing I don't like about flickr is the user interface, in picasaweb you can just navigate between photos freely and also zoom in and out instantly using AJAX, while you have to go into slideshow of flickr to navigate photos without clicking. Other than that you can download full size photos of a whole album using picasa while flickr does not. All these make photo publishing hard using flickr, although it might be good for sharing. And one last thing is that you need to pay for a flickr pro account to actually get the convenient capacity for a photographer.

While for photobucket the interface is still quite sux and the storage and bandwidth limitation is not much better than flickr. And it strips EXIF information too.

So can anyone suggest me an alternate photo hosting website that I can host my photos?
As an alternate I would want to host the photo on my own website, and doing so I need a good php or ruby or perl photo gallery software. I also need such software to build a website for my photography society.

The basic features I need is the following:
- No stripping of any information in either resized or original photo, including EXIF and color profile.
- Printing information of shutter speed, focal length, model, etc directly when viewing a photo.
- Ability to resize to smaller size photo and also retain the original size photo.
- Allow to directly download the whole album.
- Preferbly AJAX for navigating between photos, or at least HTML prev and next buttons.
- Good if can have slideshow

I found all these basic features are indeed very hard to find, especially the first requirement. Too bad that picasaweb is just one step close to my perfect..

For paid services its ok for me as long as it meets those requirements, but I would prefer buying a software than buying a hosting if that's the case.

So if anyone turns out to have a good website/software to recommend, do tell me!
Thank you very much! :)
 

chanxj

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Hmm Opensource software anyone? Gallery 2 seems to meet ur requirement. Dreamhost does provide a one click install for it. PM me if u want me to set up a temporary one for u to test out for a few days (No charge dun worry). :)

O yes u said u would prefer buying a software than buying a hosting, but let me highlight to u that if you dun have the hosting, you can't use the software!
 

ah.zeep

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I have found smugmug heaps faster than flickr and really nice to use. Not sure if it meets all your other requirements tho... but do check it out.
 

crf00

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Hmm Opensource software anyone? Gallery 2 seems to meet ur requirement. Dreamhost does provide a one click install for it. PM me if u want me to set up a temporary one for u to test out for a few days (No charge dun worry). :)

O yes u said u would prefer buying a software than buying a hosting, but let me highlight to u that if you dun have the hosting, you can't use the software!
Yes! Gallery2! That's the good free and full feature open source script that I'm finding! I tested it and it got all the features I need. Thank you very much!

Now I just have to install this on my website. (Yes I have a web host already so I prefer buying software. ;) but now its free so even better.)

hmm I wonder is it I become old and stayed too long time away from the php community already? searched through google for several days but didn't found this Gallery2 which placed on the first place.. I got went through coppermine and many other gallery scripts, many either sux or needs to pay and I almost gave up.. Thanks and good job for the open source community again! :D


btw if anyone has any other suggestion on photo hosting feel free to continue discuss, although I think Gallery2 is enough for me already. ;)

For smugmug, it still strips off critical color profile information and have poor support on mac. and more expensive than flickr. =/
 

calebk

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IIRC, Flickr does not strip EXIF. I can still see my EXIF data off my shots, provided I upload the original shots.
 

Parka

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The basic features I need is the following:
- No stripping of any information in either resized or original photo, including EXIF and color profile.
- Printing information of shutter speed, focal length, model, etc directly when viewing a photo.
- Ability to resize to smaller size photo and also retain the original size photo.
- Allow to directly download the whole album.
- Preferbly AJAX for navigating between photos, or at least HTML prev and next buttons.
- Good if can have slideshow
I can only speak for Flickr since I use that.

1. Flickr doesn't strip off the EXIF information. Here's an example of my EXIF info on Flickr.
2. The colour profile info is stripped off. Anyway, if you save as a jpeg from Lightroom or Photoshop, the default is sRGB
3. Flickr will scale down your large photo to several default sizes. You can't choose a specific size in pixel terms.
4. I don't thing Flickr allows full album downloads. Too bad.
5. No navigation between fullsize photos which are editable at the same time.

Maybe you can try looking at .Mac too. Link: Web gallery
 

eugeneceh

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Wah...photoshelter very expensive leh
The lowest priced package is about S$10 a month. It allows you to upload any sized image file in many formats and allows you to download that same file from anywhere that has internet connection. It acts as an offsite online archive. If you don't need this feature, you can try looking for cheaper solutions. ;)
 

eugeneceh

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I can only speak for Flickr since I use that.

1. Flickr doesn't strip off the EXIF information. Here's an example of my EXIF info on Flickr.
2. The colour profile info is stripped off. Anyway, if you save as a jpeg from Lightroom or Photoshop, the default is sRGB
3. Flickr will scale down your large photo to several default sizes. You can't choose a specific size in pixel terms.
4. I don't thing Flickr allows full album downloads. Too bad.
5. No navigation between fullsize photos which are editable at the same time.

Maybe you can try looking at .Mac too. Link: Web gallery
I understand that dot Mac is only for Mac users? Please correct me if I am wrong cos I am interested in dot Mac services if it is available for MS users like me. :p
 

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