Once you have a collection of images and the cost of home printing has slowly sunk in you may look for an online option for sharing and showcasing your images. There is a multitude of options and costs associated with this but here are a few of the more mainstream methods of displaying your work. These sites are listed in no particular order, so first is not necessarily best.
Photoshare. New Zealand based and currently undergoing a revamp.
Pbase. Very popular. Prices start at $23 / year for 1000mb.
Photobucket. Over 8 Billion images, free, unlimited uploads.
Zenfolio. From $25 / year for 2000mb. Pro style accounts allow sales, own branding etc.
Picasa Web Albums. Free for 1000mb. Purchase an extra 20GB for $5. Integrates to blogger etc.
Postereous. Free. A basic blogging platform.
Wordpress. Free. Another popular blogging site.
Yola. Free to $500. Design your own website with hosting for free or pro design for $500.
Kodak Gallery. Free but you have to order something once in a while.
Smugmug. $40 / year for a basic account to $150 for a pro with all the bells and whistles.
Flickr. Free to $24.95 / year. Arguably the most popular. More than just hosting.
Best option, all have a free trial so give them a go. What do I use? Well, firstly this blog is with googles blogger however instead of storing the images on Picasa Web Albums I have them hosted at Flickr and Smugmug. I have tried all the ones listed above at some stage over the last 8 or 9 years but this combination suits me best at present. Should you decide you also like Smugmug we can both save a few dollars if you use this code, KHkY5JR7Burmo, when signing up.
To my mind there is a vast difference between a photograph and a snapshot.
A photograph is made, the photographer has a vision for the image in mind and sets about creating it. Waiting for the right light or weather conditions and often visiting the scene several times to get it just right.
A snapshot on the other hand is taken as the opportunity arises, often with minimal thought. It is what we do on holiday, when out with family, it aids us in remembering those moments long past.
Having said that, many snapshots are perfect, just like the postcard, whilst some photographs, despite the time and effort, look like a hurried snapshot.
I take mainly snapshots, but occasionally, I get a beautiful photograph.