The topic of separating out pictures that are submitted for albums and trip reports has been discussed more lately (wheat vs. chaff thread). My $0.02!
It would be great if Albums and Trip Reports could be easily created on SummitPost by pulling pics from a photo sharing website like Picasa, Webshots, etc. This would have a lot of benefits.
It might help eliminate a lot of the clutter of unnecessary photos being uploaded to the site. For me personally, most of my photos don't need to be on SP, but they are for the sole reason that I wanted to include them in a Trip Report or Album. Many of these pictures have useful beta, but they don't all need to on here. If the SP page creation "software" allowed the pictures to be easily pulled from a photo sharing website I know I would upload a lot fewer pictures.
There was a complaint that a lot of quality TRs are not being submitted. Maybe there would be more if it was easier to create these pages. I personally love the format that Shnkbke uses (I think 14ers.com uses similar formatting). Looking at the code these pictures are pulled from Picasa. IMO these TRs look better with this formatting than ones created with SP standard formatting and they are more useful than most TRs because: the pictures look great, the TR is easy to scroll through, I can get the beta I want from such a TR quickly without having to click on each pic (when it is inserted "Small" with current TR creation software). Even though the pictures aren't uploaded to SP, the TR still supplies the same useful beta. http://www.summitpost.org/the-williams-traverse-a-sawatch-delight/748052
None (OK one) of the pics are on SP but it was still worthy of the Front Page!
I know in the future I am going to play around with trying to create TRs (and albums) in this way. Hopefully it is easier.
As for albums, it is antiquated to have to click on every picture to look at it. Being able to scroll through just seems to make more sense to me. I have used this format a number of times. I intentionally do it to make it easier for people to look through the album.http://www.summitpost.org/welcome-to-linville-gorge/721715
Some will say to just use the bulk uploader to make it easier. That is not the point. The majority of pictures being uploaded to SP probably don't need to be uploaded - just change the page creation formatting to make it easier to pull the pics from other websites. Easier said than done I am sure.
For pictures for Areas & Ranges, Mountains & Rocks and Routes it is different as they are the meat of the site.