The Complete Guide to Photo Sharing


Photo sharing has never been more convenient than it is today. However, with the multitude of platforms available for photo sharing, it can quickly get overwhelming. In this guide, we will explain how to send photos, send photos by email, and how to send multiple photos with ease.

How to send photos

There are many sharing methods, but before you decide to send all your photos, let's look at the pros and cons of each photo-sharing platform.

Message Apps And Social Media

Sending photos through message apps and social media is the quickest and easiest way to share your photos publicly and privately. However, the apps and websites will often compress photos to save bandwidth and storage, sometimes lowering quality in the process.

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Email is great if you want to share photos and preserve its quality. However, there is a data size limit to your attachments, usually around 30MB. Depending on the file size, it's not ideal for sending several photos.


The cloud allows you to upload your photos to an "online storage" and to share with whomever you'd like, convenient and easy. The downside is that you might have to pay for storage space in the cloud.

When exporting a PNG file, compression is done in two steps, with the first being pre-compression (filtering) and second, being the actual compression (DEFLATE).

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Photo Compression For Sharing

To save upload times and storage space, it's a good idea to compress your photos before you upload, there are two main ways to do this.

Photo Editing Programs

Photo compression for sharing through an editing software is excellent if you are willing to compromise on photo quality to reduce file size. For example, saving a photo as a JPG file at 50% of the original quality will reduce the file size dramatically. This quality reduction might be fine for a selfie but could give a detailed macro photo severe artifacts.


Photo compression through WinZip is the best way to reduce file size and preserve quality at the same time. WinZip packs all your photos into a single folder and compresses it to reduce file size. The recipient then decompresses the zip file to open the folder.

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How To Send Photos By Email

Sending photos by email is best used when sending a few photos, uploaded as individual files. For more than five photos, it's best to send you pictures through a compressed Zip folder. If you don't know how to send photos by email, follow these easy steps.

  1. Open your email and click on "New Message".
  2. Select Attach > Browse This Computer.
  3. Select the directory where your photos are located.
  4. Select your photo/photos and hit "Open".

Your files will now be downloadable by the recipient once you send the email. You may also use the other option of "Insert inline image" to display your picture directly in the email instead of as a downloadable file.

How To Send Multiple Photos

Most platforms and apps for sharing photos will be able to send multiple files by dragging and dropping. However, finding and selecting each file can be a hassle both for you and the receiver. Imagine receiving 50 individual photos that you need to download separately 50 times over. This case is where WinZip is useful. With the use of a Zip folder, both you and the recipient will only have to click once to download all 50 photos.

Final Words

Photo sharing and photo compression for sharing have never been easier. Today, you have learned how to reduce file size, send multiple files with ease, and use different platforms to send your photo to family, friends, and loved ones.

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