I have about 1000 old photos I need to scan and share with friends. Before burning them to disc, though, I'd like to post them so people can comment on the provenance and/or people in the pics. What I need for this to work efficiently is to have these comments entered as folks peruse them online, and have them automatically saved with the photos. Ultimately I want these (edited) comments saved on the disc -- so that when anyone views a pic, the comments come up with it. Can anyone point me to an app or service that can help me with this?
While not a trivial solution, using a WordPress gallery would allow for you to have each image displayed as a post in a gallery and you could enable commenting for each photo. If you wanted to then embed that as meta data, you could extract the comments from the database directly.
Upload them all to Flickr. The Flickr uploader is very convenient for large number of files, and they give you plenty of free space. People can then like or comment on your photos. You can also share them on Facebook and other sites directly from the Flickr website, or from the mobile app. The site is designed for exactly your purpose - sharing lots of photos at full quality.
Flickr has services to produce books and other media. I don't know if Flickr comments can be included in that media, but Flickr has a programming API that can access comments, so it's possible, I just don't know if anyone has done the "auto-DVD from Flickr, with comments" app yet. However, sending DVDs isn't really a good way to do it, if your audience has internet access. A standard Flickr slide-show would give the presentation you want, and you don't have to do anything for that, it's already a feature of the site.
How to handle publicly sharing family photos (especially kids) online? has some good suggestions for how to deal with privacy and sharing different sets of stuff with different people. Also some good suggestions about using other sites (Picasa, Facebook, etc)
I have about 1000 old photos ... I'd like to post them so people can comment on the provenance and/or people in the pics. What I need for this to work efficiently is to have these comments entered as folks peruse them online, and have them automatically saved with the photos.
Ultimately I want these (edited) comments saved on the disc -- so that when anyone views a pic, the comments come up with it.
There are far more automated systems but (gasp) Facebook will do the first part well enough an the second part simply involves straight forward copying.
Facebook is free, albums can be easily made private with access either on a person by person basis (must be facebook members) or the album can be made accessible to anyone who is given the access code. Viewers can add comments as desired. By creating a dedicated page under a main facebook account photos can be divided into multiple albums with nothing except the related material visible on the site.
Maximum resolution is 2048 on the longest side.
Not everyone's most favoured image sharing site, but has its place.