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    Posted: 06 February 2020 at 08:53
Hi

I've had a look through the site and can't spot anything obvious.

So I've had a Flickr account for sometime now. Over a decade, and things have moved on in that time.

It started out at about £18 a year, then for a long time stayed at £25 a year and now on the new scheme is £45 a year. That final figure is for the next 2 years then it will go up to the new scheme. As a 'classic' customer I get a discount or something. By the looks of it, about £5 worth but it could be more.

Most the reviews and information flip between USD and GBP and some figures are the same when they shouldn't be.

However. I'm not sure of other comparative sites out there. Many have ceased to be or changed their structure. Photobucket and Smugmug for example. The latter has merged with Flickr and the former has locked down their free accounts a lot more, that I'm aware of.

So, of those members here. How do you do it? Is Flickr suitable still these days or do you have other solutions. Solutions you'd like to share with me.

I will admit that photography hasn't happened much with me for a long time but I might get back into it again. I have been in the teaching side of things recently, ironically also trying to teach photography to learners but even so. It's worth staying current. I've also got into Scouting quite a bit since I trailed off from this forum a few years back...

I've been with Flickr since 2005 and I've got 6.7k photos with them. Which is only the tip of the iceberg of my collection ;)

ex-KM5D, Sony A700 & A55 Coventry UK. CovLtwt / Saratoga Flickr 2E0ELW
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 February 2020 at 10:18
I use SmugMug where indeed the company has taken over Flickr, however the sites have not merged and are entirely different interfaces. I hope it stays that way since I like SmugMug better but lots of other people like Flickr better so there's a case to be made for both.

If I were you I'd stay with Flickr, stopping the subscription there will after some time invalidate all your existing links and it's very hard and cumbersome to move it over to another site and go back and change all the links on Dyxum or other sites where you have posted.

And the bottom line cost of SmugMug and Flickr are not significantly different.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote owenn01 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 February 2020 at 12:51
Hi Elwyn, good to see you back!

I'm on 'the other side' and have an extensive Flickr collection which I use to store and share images on here. Because of this, I went for the 'pro' account - mainly because the limitations are so stringent for the free account now - and I also made use of the extended offer this year to peg the cost until the end of 2021.

I don't find it that much of an issue and, as Pieter says, it's down to personal preference as costs are hardly any different. In fact, I think I see Flickr starting to move a little towards offering the sort of additional 'features' that Smugmug has had for a while (prints from the website for example), so perhaps they will, in time, become an almost single entity.

And I can also confirm Pieters comments about moving over to another host; I looked at changing from Flickr when they made their most recent drastic change of reducing the amount of 'free' hosting images and decided there were not enough hours in the year to manage that transition and maintain a population of images here on Dyxum....

Good to see you taking up the challenges again and best regards, Neil.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Aperture73 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 February 2020 at 09:59
Flickr have API key features that useful to link the photo to other 3rd party apps. Something that other company don't usually offer to customer.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote alanfrombangor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 February 2020 at 11:31
I joined Flickr in 2008, partly as easy hosting for Dyxum and partly because of a local group that organised photo meets. I thought the £25 annual fee was fair but switched to the free model when they made it more attractive. The local meets declined then ceased due to insufficient interest so I decided to stick with the free model when they limited it to a thousand images as I considered the pro subscription to be poor value.

I lost most of my Dyxum links but who looks at Open Views topics when they're a few months old? I wanted to maintain my Cities links as I consider Cities to be a useful permanent record, so I uploaded my contributions to my personal web space and edited the links. This took way longer than expected, having underestimated the volume, but looking through the threads again was interesting.

I stll use Flickr for hosting Challenge photos, much easier for the thumbnails.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Saratoga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 February 2020 at 18:13
I've renewed Flickr for another 2 years

I still have lots of photographs that I haven't uploaded to Flickr, and perhaps I should do some more of that, as well as tidy up what I have there. I still have both of the Sony DSLRs that I had before, but these days I work weekends and nights, and mid week I'm a leader with Scouting locally.

They are whom I taught photography recently. I even included a copyright talk and they were very interested in that. There are events they go on where they can't use/take a mobile phone but I hand out the P&S cameras to them and they are enthusiastic photographers ;)

It's nice to be remembered. I've been here a while now and should really step back in from the cold...
ex-KM5D, Sony A700 & A55 Coventry UK. CovLtwt / Saratoga Flickr 2E0ELW
 



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