I love digital photography. I have always thought and continue to think that buying, shooting with, and developing film, and then purchasing, creating, and storing photo albums is a huge waste of time, money, and space. In fact, I manually scanned about two thousand of my family's photo albums. And to this day, I don't think anyone in my family has opened up an actual album, but they love flipping through pictures on their computers. Apart from the ease of access, I personally like fact that I can manipulate my pictures without affecting the originals. And backing them up, publishing them, or sending them to friends is a breeze.
However, what these sites really enable me to do is manipulate my pictures and make large-format prints for my walls. Two days ago I decided to order one matte 20" x 30" print of a picture I took of the Wharf at Santa Cruz, CA. I received my print in the mail today and I admit I am VERY impressed with the print's quality. I am most impressed because I took the picture using my Sony point-and-shoot digital camera, not my newer Canon dSLR. I can't imagine what a print using a better lens will look like.