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Top online photo sites to store digital memories

July 6, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Whether you've got them on your computer, cell phone, or still in your digital camera, chances are you don't know what to do with all of the photos you have taken.

Barry Wizoreck takes hundreds of pictures of his son. He uses a photo website to send prints to grandma and grandpa, but admits he could use some help with the thousands of pictures stored on his laptop.

"They're extremely important to me," said Wizoreck. "So if I lost them, I would be heartbroken."

Consumer Reports ShopSmart says there are more online photo sites than ever.

"We looked at storage space, how much you get, how much you'll pay, print prices and other special features so you can figure out which site is right for you," said ShopSmart's Jody Rohlena.

If you simply want some storage space, Shutterfly.com and Snapfish.com offer unlimited photo storage no matter what. While Wal-Mart and Kodak Gallery require one purchase per year for free, unlimited storage.

For beginners, Snapfish offers easy-to-use photo-editing options like cropping and fixes, such as removing red eye. At Photobucket.com, a click of a button shares your pictures on sites like Facebook.

"Keep in mind with Photobucket, if you need more than 500 megabytes of storage, that's about 150 photos at the highest resolution, you'll pay about $25 a year," said Rohlena.

As far as making prints, you have plenty of options. A plus at Shutterfly, if you need prints fast you can pick them up in an hour at several locations, including Target.

"We didn't test for print quality," said Rohlena. "But as far as costs go, most 4x6 prints will run you anywhere from 9 to 15 cents apiece."

And ShopSmart says if you can tolerate the email, sign up for special offers because you can get great deals and coupons for photo books and lots of other picture projects.

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