There are many online photo album and portfolio services that allow you to upload your digital photos, and create your online image gallery or photographer showcase. Many of these sites offering their service for free, as they generate their revenue from banner advertising or sponsorship.
Many People use these services because they don’t need to bother with paying for a domain name or buying hosting space. Fiddling with photo gallery software might sound difficult for non-programmers. Also, many people don’t have the time to learn, hence these free online photo portfolio and album services seem to offer easy solutions.
However, there are a few problems with this approach. Although the photos are yours, the website is not, which means that your online photo portfolio’s availability is depending on the website and the service provider.
And when you want to switch to another hosting company, you would have to manually backup all the images from your existing online image portfolio, or all your work will be lost.
Many online photo album website also states in their terms and conditions, that they will have ownership of the photos once they are uploaded to their server.
Which means you might lose the ownership and copyright of your photos as soon as your photos are uploaded, and they might be sold or distributed without your awareness.
If you are serious about your online photo image portfolio, it would be best for you to have your own domain name and hosting, build your own website, and use a photo gallery software to establish your very own photographic image portfolio.
This way all images are kept on your own PC, you can upload the portfolio to any server of your choice, and you can avoid any potential copyright issues.