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Thresher0102 Apr 2021 9:11 a.m. PST

I see Photobucket is getting more and more "unfriendly", and by that I mean we all knew (didn't we?) that they stopped permitting links to photos on their site some time ago, resulting in broken, or unavailable images to many really great looking miniatures and battle scenes from games some time ago.

Now it seems, they're upping the ante even further by wanting to charge me for hosting my images there, which people aren't allowed to see (not sure if that is 100% correct, but that is the impression I have). Looks like I may not even be able to view my own stuff that I posted with them, unless I start paying a monthly fee, so I will be moving/switching soon.

So, which services offer the best, easiest to use, photo storing and sharing for hobbyists, and that permit others to view them, or that provide images in a format that we can link to from TMP?

14Bore02 Apr 2021 9:14 a.m. PST

Been using Postimage, great so far

Thresher0102 Apr 2021 9:34 a.m. PST

I've seen FlickR mentioned too, though I seem to recall not liking some of the "features" as a viewer, back in the day when I'd run across ones hosted there.

Not sure if the issues I was concerned with (copying/downloading nice ones I liked, say like for nicely painted medieval and renaissance miniatures) still apply or not, or if things have improved.

I guess I should mention that I don't currently have a blog, though I am on Facebook.

Not sure if I have to permit non-friends to view images there or not, or if they work fine if I provide a direct image link to them, even though I typically only share my photos with friends on FB.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Apr 2021 10:11 a.m. PST

Flickr limits you to 1000 pics for free, after that you have to pay. Works well for me but I just went ahead and paid. Seems fair – they provide a good service and it's worth it to me.

Also, their app updates your photos automatically on Wifi so you don't have to even think about it.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP02 Apr 2021 12:35 p.m. PST

Compare the price of what I use (Imageshack) annually with a few figures. OK it depends how often how you post, but, for me, this is peanuts, by comparison. They have to make a living and I do not want adverts and weird Facebook type friends etc…..

machinehead Supporting Member of TMP02 Apr 2021 1:10 p.m. PST


Try Pinterest, I wasn't sure if it would work but it did.

machinehead Supporting Member of TMP02 Apr 2021 1:31 p.m. PST

Tried from Facebook, this was the result, only a link.

Cardinal Ximenez02 Apr 2021 4:50 p.m. PST

Maybe it's just me but I find flickr to be clunky and not very intuitive. I use it now but there has to be a better platform and preferably one that doesn't request access to every aspect of your life.

JAFD2602 Apr 2021 5:13 p.m. PST

I've used ImageBB – – for a while, had no problems. You might want to check it out

Personal logo Condotta Supporting Member of TMP02 Apr 2021 8:08 p.m. PST

This is from postimage. Fairly simple once you register.


The buildings are all 28mm from HGWalls except the Hovels building lower left (blue roof). HGWalls are unfortunately out of production. I have nine buildings, including one duplicate. No idea how many Herb Gundt created originally.

Maha Bandula03 Apr 2021 7:08 p.m. PST

How about getting a Wordpress account? No need to blog, just host the pictures there.

Maha Bandula04 Apr 2021 7:59 a.m. PST

By the by, I would strongly recommend that you do not rely on Facebook as their links (like the one machinehead posted) have a nasty tendency to change after a while.

billclo03 Dec 2021 4:51 a.m. PST

I've had decent luck with Imgur.

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