PBear and I have a lot of guests who are definite shutterbugs. I know I definitely am, which I admit, I probably get at least a little bit from my dad.
The only thing weird about this shot is that he only has one camera on him.
Though I love my photographer very, very much, and can sing her praises for probably an entire post (a different post), I know that my guests will be able to get some shots that we just can’t otherwise get. How do we get those guest pictures so that we (and thus you, hive) can ogle them?
This is a question that I’ve been thinking about for a while, and I’m just not completely sure what the best option is.
My criteria for a website includes (in no particular order):
- Ease of uploading. I want to make it easy peasy for people to upload pictures, but ideally they would not be able to delete pictures from it. I don’t want people to delete other guests’ pictures off of it just because they think they look awful in that shot.
- Password protected to prevent people who don’t need to see the pictures from seeing them.
- Easy to download full-resolution pictures from the site, because frankly if you cant get the pictures off, what’s the point?
- Cheap (enough). I admit, I’m cheap, so I’d like to keep the costs down. I’d be happy to pay for something, but it really has to be something within reason.
Thus my top three choices:
1) Flickr. Flickr was my first choice initially, mainly because I’m a long-time Flickr user. I like how the website works, I have almost 8,000 pictures posted on it, and it’s fairly user friendly. You have to pay $25 a year for a pro account if you want to do this; otherwise, you’re limited to 100, 200 pictures? I have a pro account, so I”m not completely sure what the limit is anymore.
Flickr does have a nice option where you can give people a Flickr email address, which will upload pictures. This might be a good option for Grandma, who understands email but not really uploading pictures. However, people would get the password to the main account, and that isn’t always ideal. I guess you could use groups, but then people would have to sign up for their own account, and that might be a pain to explain.
2) Picasa. I don’t really like their web formatting, so I don’t really use it very much. I do however love their desktop program. But from what I gather, for the group upload, it seems like everyone who would upload would need their own Google account, which I’m not sure people have. It’s not really suited for this type of collective photo taking.
3) Shutterfly. It has share sites, which have unlimited uploads, and you can password protect it. I originally thought we could just give people an email address that has uploading privileges but not deleting ones, but it doesn’t seem to work that way. Each account can delete the images that were uploaded from that account. Thus, if every person uses the same email address, people can delete images, even those that weren’t theirs.
Furthermore, you are limited to 1,600 x 1,080 size picture downloads, or you have to pay like 20 bucks to get a CD with full resolution images. The 1,600 x 1,080 size is probably large enough for most things, but it would be nice to have the option.
It is useful, though, since people can buy images/make scrapbooks if they wanted off of the Shutterfly website. I’m not sure anyone other than our mothers would do such a thing, but hey, it’s an option.
With careful consideration of the pros and cons of each site, PBear and I created a share page for our guests. It seems to be the easiest option, and had the most pros in terms of sharing.
The next question was how do we let guests know that it’s there. With my Vistaprint order, I ordered some business cards with the details.
Simple and easy. I wanted to mention in the sheet that each guest would have to create a username to upload the pictures, but I didn’t want to go into too many details about how to actually upload pictures. It seemed insane to try to pack all that information into one little card. I’m going to put a tutorial on how to upload pictures on our website and hope that our less technologically geared guests will still find their way.
I made sure to get enough cards, so we should have enough to not only place one on every person’s seat at the wedding, but enough to put into our thank you cards as a gentle reminder.
Did anyone else do these cards and have much success? I’m worried that no one is going to do it anyway, even if I hound them and beg. I’m really nervous about using Shutterfly, since it’s not a website I normally use. Has anyone else used Shutterfly and had a good experience?