Zenfolio is an online image hosting service that tries to bring together all the right elements to give the user the most beneficial, positive experience possible. The site allows users to upload images then provides numerous ways to order prints and other photo products. The organizational tools on Zenfolio allow users to quickly find photographs and sort them into groups, collections and galleries. The site also allows users to store full size images without resizing them. Personal elements such as captions, keywords and titles can be added to each uploaded image. Each user is given unlimited storage and bandwidth to use.
The concept behind Zenfolio was born out of the need to make storing, managing and sharing of images even easier. Emailed links can be lost and other sources were not as convenient. Zenfolio was designed to let users create their own online library of personal memories.
Zenfolio brings together many helpful features that allow users to manage and share their favorite digital memories. There are a number of reasons that Zenfolio stand out. First being the unlimited bandwidth and storage space. While many other free photo websites are out there, most of these limit storage space and reduce the quality to keep file sizes low. Zenfolio can help individuals store their personal memories and photographers and other professionals create an online portfolio to share with clients and business partners.
The Zenfolio website welcomes users with a soft blue, black and white design. The stylish, elegant Zenfolio logo compliments the general look of the site very well, right down to the dark orange elongated figure eight icon. Users can easily upload and organize photographs using the many user friendly Zenfolio features.
Zenfolio offers four membership options to its users. The first is the basic membership which costs around $25 per year. This includes no bandwidth limit, 2 GBs of storage space plus another 1 GB per year, the ability to upload full size images, up to 24 MB maximum file size, original file storage, support for sRGB, Adobe RGB, ProPhoto and more, and compatibility with JPEG, PNG, GIF and TIFF files. The Unlimited account costs around $50 per year and upgrades to include unlimited storage space and the ability to use a custom domain name for all links. The Premium membership costs around $100 and includes personal branding, PDF file options, external homepage options and favorite photograph sharing features. The Premium Business membership runs about $250 per year and upgrades to allow users up to 48 MB file size maximum and the ability to export to Adobe Lightroom.
Zenfolio is a helpful service for just about anyone, although most of the higher end features are geared towards professional photographers and businesses. These two groups can get the most benefit by using Zenfolio to present and sell their product or services.