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We’ve been using this photo sharing/storefront service for almost three years.  What we like about it is that it’s easy not only to share images and videos with others, but also to easily create galleries and control access to our work.

Zenfolio has a free plan in addition to various paid plan options.  If you’re just sharing photos, the free plan works just fine.  If you want to customize the look of your galleries or sell your photos, you’ll need to step up to a paid plan.

Uploading and managing photos is easy.  You can create your own categories as well have multiple gallery designs in your portfolio.  Uploading, moving, copying and securing your images and videos is simple and straightforward.

Protecting images is easy.  You can set categories of photos to public or private.  You can control access to private galleries to specific users if you wish.  Images can be watermarked with a stock watermark or one of your own, to help prevent viewers from copying your work without permission.

Best of all, Zenfolio allows you to setup your own photo store.  You can set your own prices for photos as well as have different tiers for different customers.  Zen also offers basic and specialty framing services in addition to basic print services.

We’ve stuck with Zen because it’s flexible, easy to configure and gives us complete control over our images.  In the past we’ve used a few others.  We liked the basics of Smugmug, but it was very difficult to configure the galleries to display our images.   Shutterfly, Snapfish and Ofoto while free, we constantly had to worry about having them delete our photos after certain periods of time have passed.  We like Flickr, but didn’t want to lose control over our work.  Being linked to Google, it certainly provides a higher “view” rate for photos, but we didn’t want to lose the ability on where our photos could be used.

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