Many sites offer space for your online images and photo albums

February 07, 2000

Film developing and online storage

If you don't have a digital camera or scanner and want to share photos online, try one of these:

Kodak's PhotoNet Online (www. photonet.com) is accessible from any one of 40,000 retailers including Food Lion, Kmart, Target, CVS Pharmacy and Rite Aid Pharmacy. Storage for 36 photos is $5.99 for 30 days and prints are 75 cents each. Also available through America Online as You've Got Pictures.

Ofoto (www.ofoto.com) allows you to share and get reprints of film and digital images. If you join before March 5, your first 100 photos are free.

Seattle FilmWorks (www.photoworks.com) offers free lifetime archiving once you upload your digital images or send in your film for free scanning through its PhotoWorks site. The first roll is developed for free with subsequent 4-by-6-inch prints priced at 25 cents.

Wal-Mart (www.walmart.com) will upload a roll of film to its Web site if you order a CD or 3.5-inch disk with film developing. Without a CD or disk, you pay $3.76 for the upload. You get 30 days of free storage for up to 100 pictures and pay a small fee for longer storage.

Photo sharing and online albums

If you already have digital images, these sites offer a wide variety of storage and reprint options:

Club Photo (www.clubphoto. com) provides free space for sharing your existing digital images, free uploading and a program to help you organize images called Album To Go. For about $40, Club Photo will place your image on a dozen iced cookies.

Photoaccess.com (www.photo access. com) offers a unique service that will automatically extract the pictures from a digital camera connected to your personal computer and make high-quality prints. The first 50 prints are free.

PhotoIsland (www.photoisland. com) offers photo sharing and other services, among them PhotoMontage, which turns hundreds of micro-images into a pattern that looks just like your original photograph. The 36-inch-long poster is $49.95.

Photoloft (www.photoloft.com) spices up the usual storage and reprint options with Album of the Week and Photo of the Week contests.

Shutterfly (www.shutterfly.com) has targeted the digital market by promising 35 millimeter film-quality prints from images created by digital cameras.

Those who upload digital images to Shutterfly.com for free storage get their first 200 prints for free.

Zing (www.zing.com) offers free uploading and storage, multiple photo albums, gifts and a utility for creating e-mail picture postcards from its site.

Other photo sites

Ecircles(www.ecircles.com) allows clubs, groups of co-workers and professional organizations to share photos and music and play games. One backer, software developer Adobe Systems, gives away a free program to create a photo album.

PhotoHighway.com (www.photohighway.com), in addition to photo sharing, promotes exhibits and PhotoTimes, an Internet magazine with articles and reviews of equipment. PhotoHighway and Ritz Camera have created a CD introducing customers to digital photography.

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