If you have a digital camera, you no longer have to order multiple copies of photos and mail them to share with friends. Of course, you can still order prints for your friends who don't have Internet access. Most drugstores and photo-processing places can give you a CD of your images even if you took the pictures with a film-based camera, so there are still many ways to share digital photos. But one of the most common ways is through a photo-sharing site, like the previously discussed Flickr.
Photo-sharing sites let you display pictures in an online album for friends and family to see. This means you don't have to attach 15 pictures to an email message addressed to 30 people and clog up their inboxes; your buddies come to the photos instead. If the images are deeply personal, like pictures of a newborn baby that you want to share only with a close circle of family and friends, you can even password-protect your photo pages to keep strangers from wandering through.
Most photo- sharing sites let you turn your pictures into prints or novelty items like calendars, greeting cards, stickers, and mugs. Many of the bigger companies have a photo-book service where you can arrange to have a select group of images printed and bound in a paperback or hardcover album delivered by mail.
How you get your pictures up online varies slightly depending on which photo-sharing service you decide to use, but the rough outline goes like this:
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