Lets get one thing out of the way right up front - I feel that sending photos via email is the last option people should use. If you're an incredibly private person or you don't have any clue on managing your identity on the web, then email may be your best bet. If you're reading this, then I'm assuming you have a little more confidence navigating the web and using web based applications.
I can split this topic into two for different types of photographers: one for photography of friends and family and associated events and gatherings; the second is for the photographer who wants to share their work with a broader community who share similar interests, e.g. wildlife, travel, art, sports, etc.
The impetus to this post is tackling the problem of sharing photos with friends and family, so lets start with that type of photography. And I'm assuming that most people reading this, put themselves into that category.
This is by far the most popular way people share photos today. I do share quite a lot via Facebook but don't want to saturate my friends' newsfeeds with numerous photos that don't interest them. I also have a challenge of organizing the photos - do I create specific albums, post to one large album or just post to my feed ? Some people understand exactly how groups of photos (and how many) are shared in Facebook feeds, but I don't. In addition, I'm not a big fan of how Facebook displays photos (see comparison's below), and somewhat nervous about ownership and copyright protection.
- High quality
- Attractive album displays
- Dedicated to photography, i.e. I don't mind sharing a larger number of photos
- Sharing is easy
Reflecting more about this in the light of day and after my wife begins to structure her argument, there's a few additional comments and clarifications I'd like to make.
The post was intended to address the challenge of sharing albums or collections of photos, not just a few special photos or casual shots that really don't belong in an album (e.g. how does this shirt look?). In these cases, email (or even texting/SMS) may be a viable option. I actually had a moment just today when I thought of emailing a photo to myself (getting an edited photo to Instagram), but opted for DropBox.
Which brings me to DropBox which I didn't mention last night. DropBox definitely is a wonderful application for sharing any types of files with your friends and family. And some people do use it to share photos. I had thought it simply manages photo files, but I just had a quick look, it appears it now does some photo organization for you and displays the photos in your DropBox folders in a much nicer way than before.
With respect to my comment re: Apple TV, I should note that it has an app for Flickr, but not for Google Photos (for obvious competitive reasons). iCloud Photos are available for viewing on Apple TV, but that's a whole other story for a later time (haven't figured out how to publish photos from Lightroom to iCloud Photos).