dotPhoto.com allows me to post tons of my personal photos for free, and allows you to view these photos for free. How do they stay in business? By selling prints/greeting cards/calendars/etc. of the hosted pictures, and by providing some advertising on their site. You don't need to buy prints to view the photos, and if you do order prints, I do not make any money from your purchase, however from past experience I've found their service and printing quality to both be excellent.
when you first display a DotPhoto album, you'll see a series of small thumbnail images, just click on the thumbnail to view a larger size version of your selected picture
from the large size picture view, you can click on the "previous" and "next" buttons above the picture to "flip" through the pictures of the album
if you see a button for "play sound" under the picture, you can click on it to listen to a sound clip that was recorded when the picture was taken
click on the large size picture, or on the "thumbnail view" link to return to thumbnail view
from the thumbnail view page, if you see a page counter at the top like "page 1 of 2" that means you can change the page to view another set of thumbnails (you only see 48 thumbnails at a time)
dotPhoto has continued to make the saving of pictures they host very difficult, all I can now suggest is to go to your favorite software download site and look for screen capture software (some of which is free) if you want to save dotPhoto pictures to your computer
the image size shown under each picture is probably larger than the "large picture" you are viewing, dotPhoto stores the original picture for printing purposes, and resizes the pictures for the thumbnail and "large picture" views
if you want the original photo (either raw photo, or the edited one I uploaded to dotPhoto or smugmug), contact me with the album name and picture number so I can email it to you
If you like the smugmug photo and sharing system you can get a discounted signup by entering by using this referral link or by entering my email of albertr at albertr dot com when it asks who you were referred by.
Sony's ImageStation.com allowed me to share large video clips for free. There are some limitations, and some people have had difficulty getting the video clips to download. Still, it seems to be one of the most generous video hosting sites, allowing each clip to be up to 40MB and each album allows me to share up to 15 minutes of videos. Without a service like theirs, it would be costly to share large video clips with you, so despite their quirks, I was grateful for their service.
Some video viewing tips:
Depending on your security settings, when viewing one of my panoramics your browser might ask you whether it should allow installation or script execution of a shockwave flash animation, go ahead and say "yes"
As of the Spring 2006 I am sharing all my new video clips using the free service from GoFish.com I had tried the more popular YouTube.com service but became frustrated with audio sync issues. To view a GoFish video just click on the video link and a new window should pop up. The video will start streaming soon (depending on the speed of your internet connection). Comments and video ratings are encouraged! :-) If you have a free GoFish account you can also save the link to your clip as one of your favorites or email a link to the clip. You can not download the clip, but you can write me if you want a clip.
ImageStation now requires me (and/or you) to pay for a premium account to share video files! For awhile I was hosting new video files directly on my website. You can not just click on a clip from my site to play it, you need to save the file to your computer and then play it after it has finished downloading. In windows, you can right click on the file to "save target" and specify where to save the video, then you can open up the file from that location to play it
Write me if you have problems accessing video clips in one of my ImageStation video albums and I'll set up them up on another site for easier access
you will need to register for a free ImageStation account in order to view any ImageStation albums, and depending on your setup, you might need to log in to your account first
unfortunately ImageStation does not allow for streaming playback of video clips, you have to download them to your computer first and then play them from there
most video clips are large and are not recommended for download over a dialup connection, I've tried to put the size of the video clip in the file name
first "ENTER" the album, then click "NEXT" through the video clips to view the download size and description of each video clip
click on "DOWNLOAD VIDEO" and then on the popup window, either right click on "DOWNLOAD VIDEO" to "save target as" or left click on it (again) to get the download started. It won't appear to do anything until it is complete. When the download is complete (which is MINUTES on broadband and HOURS on a dialup), it might start playing in the popup window.
depending on your mpeg player setup, you might now be able right click on the video file and select the "SAVE VIDEO" option to store the video on your computer.
if your computer is not set up to play mpegs in the popup window, it might ask you where you want to save the video for later playback, chose a location and wait for it download and save the video clip
ImageStation uses popup windows, so you might have to disable or modify your popup blocker settings to allow the popups
please sign the album guestbook or add a video clip comment