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Sharing Photos @smugmug
Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 | Author:

Two years ago I wrote about sharing photos with parents, and at the time, I was dabbling in using Cloudup. Although this is a good service and is free, users are limited to 1000 uploads (approx 200gb per account). This won’t last long in a school that is constantly uploading photos.

There are still many choices for sharing photos. We use Google Drive a lot in school and with this, comes Google Photos. This is free and unlimited and I LOVE it for personal use. For school though, what I could do is to create albums for different events and share these links on a page for parents. They could then click and view the photos for each event. We have used this for BIG events such as residential visits and then made the galleries public on the website.

We also blog photos too but for big events there could be 200+ photos and the blog isn’t really the way to share this many either.

On the Hampshire network managers mailing list (yep, I’m on that…) there was a discussion about ways to share lots of photos and one suggestion was Smugmug.  On the website, it lists the basic plan at a starting price of $3.34 a month. That’s currently about £30 a year. So what do you get?

You can upload unlimited photos and videos at ridiculous sizes so no need to resize them at all. You can create multiple galleries and have some as public and some as password-protected or do like we have done, and password the whole site. So if anyone goes to http://riders.smugmug.com then they will be asked for a password. We’ve shared this with parents so they can access each gallery, but for anyone else, they see nothing.

We have a number of options too, we can change the look of the site (this doesn’t bother me) and enable/disable download access for each photo too. We could even set a pricing structure so that parents could choose photos, add them to a mug or a mousemat and have their own gifts.

You get a free 14-day trial and I asked for this to be extended as it was the summer holidays and they have given me until Sept to make a decision on whether we sign up or not. At the moment, I can’t see any flaws with it and it will work well with our blogs (for small things, lessons etc) and with our website too. I can also give one login to all teachers and they can login with an “assistant” password which lets them upload photos but not change the admin settings.

So far I really like it and we have had good feedback from parents too. What do you use to share photos? What works in your school?

Sharing Photos
Monday, May 26th, 2014 | Author:

How do you share photos with parents after a big event such as a school trip or residential? I don’t mean via a blog so that they can see them, I mean sharing so that they can get a copy of a picture of their child.

I’ve used Picasa in the past as my previous school used Google Apps (and my current one is about to) and Picasa gives each user 1GB of photo storage. We simply created an account called Hampton Court and then uploaded 300 or so photos from our Hampton Court visit. This was done fairly easily and then I could share the photos in a few ways.

1) Public – So anyone could go and look at them. I could put a link on our school website or blog and then parents could see everything. But then so could everyone else.

2) Shared with certain people – This meant the children needed to login to their Google accounts to be able to access the photos. This was perfect as we had been using Google Apps for two years, the logins were ingrained and the parents could sit with the children and access the photos together.

Now, at Riders we are using Google Apps in a minimal sense at the moment. We are in the process of buying devices for September but there isn’t really a way for pupils to use the internet in school yet. So this means we haven’t yet given them Google logins. I needed to find a different way of sharing photos from our residential trip. Some parents had provided cameras for the tip, but many had not so I promised that I would take loads (500+ in fact) and then share them when we got back.

I looked around for a simple way of sharing photos and someone on Twitter (Phil_Timmins) suggested Cloudup. It’s free and allows 1000 documents/photos. Just drag and drop them to upload and then each gallery can be password protected too. So I can share the links with parents and send the password home via a newsletter with the child. Easy!

Cloudup is free at the moment and I’m sure will be chargeable at some point, but for now, it provides a quick, painfree way of sharing photos with parents and friends.

Here’s an example gallery using photos from my O2 climb

It appears that Cloudup is invite only at the moment, but I have a few invites available via this link