Flickr Needs More Pro Members to Stay Afloat

If you’ve moved on from Flickr, the platform’s CEO hopes you would reconsider joining as a Pro member to help keep it going.

Flickr may not be as big as it was during its heyday, but we can’t discount the fact that it remains one of the significantly better options out of all the platforms and communities like it. Most photographers may have moved on from it some years ago, but there was a good number who chose to stay as Flickr Pro members in the past two years. Fast-forward to recent times, and Flickr CEO Don MacAskill is calling for more users to upgrade their membership to Pro to help “the world’s most-beloved, money-losing business.”

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You Can Now Order Prints of Your Images Directly Through Flickr Prints

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Flickr wants to become a one-stop-shop for all of your printing needs.

Flickr is going through something of a rebirth of late. After years of decline, the online photographic community was purchased by SmugMug in April 2018. Since the purchase, the once faltering photography service has found new legs, and today another new feature has been added to the online platform. Flickr announced today that a new photo printing service called Flickr Prints is now available to all members. Join us after the break for the details. Continue reading…

Flickr Offers 15% Off the First Year for Pro Accounts

Flickr has sent out an offer code for those who are yet to register their Pro accounts this 2019.

Still interested in keeping your Flickr account active? You might want to check if your photos are well within the 1,000 photos limit if you’re on a Free account. If not, check your e-mail inbox because Flickr has just sent out an offer code for those who are thinking of getting a Pro account.

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I’m Moving On From Flickr; But Here’s What I’ll Miss

Yes, I’m saying goodbye to Flickr. It was only a matter of time, but nonetheless, there are a few things I’ll miss about the platform.

I’ve recently decided to move on from Flickr, and this decision, as some of you may already have guessed, was prompted by their recent announcement regarding the 1,000 photo limit for free accounts. In fact, I’ve already started culling my uploads there to meet this limit before the January 8, 2019 deadline. Many photographers have long moved on from it (including most, if not all the Phoblographer Staff) so I’m sure it’s mostly surprising why it has taken me so long to come to this decision. But I liked being on the platform for a handful of reasons, albeit nostalgic at best given all the choices we have today. So yes, these are also the things I think I’ll miss.

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Share Your Best Shot on Flickr and You Could Win Prizes!

Flickr is inviting us again to share our best photos for Your Best Shot 2018. To make things more interesting, they have prizes this time!

With 2018 soon coming to a close, it’s time once again for us to go over the photos we’ve taken this year and share our ultimate favorite on Flickr for their annual Your Best Shot contest. Yes, you only have one shot at this, so make sure it counts — especially because there are prizes at stake this time.

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Flickr is Finally Getting Rid of that Antiquated Yahoo! Sign In

I find it a bit surreal that it is 2018 and we’re even still talking about Flickr; they’re still around.

One would think that Flickr would have gone the way of MySpace and Xanga years ago when it was cool, but there is still a community that apparently cares about it despite its lack of serious relevance in the major photography world these days. But today, the company announced a number of new changes including the fact that they’re removing that pesky required Yahoo! sign-in. That’s at least one step in the right direction as it’s personally kept me off of the platform for a long time now. This news comes after SmugMug bought Flickr.

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Flickr Rolls Out a Fresh Look to its Galleries

If you haven’t been around Flickr for a while, you might want to check out the platform’s recently revamped galleries. 

Heads up, Flickr users! The platform has recently revamped its galleries, so you might want to take a look what has changed if you haven’t been making galleries of your favorite works by your favorite creatives.

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Now that Smugmug Bought Flickr, What Changes Are on the Way?

SmugMug promises to bring back the glory days of Flickr and the community it once fostered

Long before the reign of Instagram and Facebook groups, Flickr was the best place for photographers to share and discuss their work, as well as meet some like-minded creatives. Now that photo-sharing and storage company SmugMug has bought Flickr for an undisclosed price, CEO Don MacAskill has expressed his commitment to breathe new life into the photo sharing community and make it a haven for photographers once again.

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Flickr’s 2017 Year End Review Show More Smartphone Gains

Apple still reigns supreme on Flickr. 

There is something to be said about the obvious lack of professional photographer’s presence on Flickr these days, but in terms of the broader photography market, there is still a lot of use of Flickr. This is what makes the company’s year-end reviews so interesting. It helps paint a picture about what cameras are being used and the top brands utilized by non-professionals around the world.

In their latest year-end review for 2017, the company indicated some continued gains by the smartphone market over the dedicated camera industry (DSLRs, Point and Shoots, Mirrorless). Let’s have a look at their analysis. Continue reading…

Why I’m Returning to Flickr Despite the Company Not Doing So Great

In January 2017, this sounds like the absolute craziest thing any photographer could possibly do even despite my own research that shows lots of people use it as a dumping ground: but I’m truthfully returning to Flickr. This has a lot to do with my own personal feelings of many platforms out there in the world and how the “photography world” has evolved and changed. Some of these things that define our current world were first made famous by Flickr. Lots of photographers have their own Instagram–and that’s fine. We really need Instagram at this point despite the platform and the general public’s complete lack of respect for intellectual property. The same can be said of any social media platform.

But I don’t see Flickr as a social media platform.

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Flickr’s Most Popular Dedicated Camera of 2015 is the Canon 5D Mk III

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Flickr released information about the site in their year in review infographic published today, and while it’s always been evident that there are loads of great photographers on there, it’s also evident that it’s just a dumping ground for the iPhone. Apple remains at the top of the most used cameras with of course the iPhone 6 taking the lead, but even beating out the Samsung Galaxy lineup are Canon DSLRs. While the Rebel series used to be the most popular, the most used dedicated camera on Flickr right now is the Canon 5D Mk III–which is also enjoying a bit of a discount for the holidays. What this means is one of two things: that many people are trying to move up to full frame or there are lots of really serious photographers on Flickr conflicting with all the iPhone folks.

Next up are the Samsung Galaxy phones and after that the Nikon D7000 takes the lead, which is an older camera but still an incredible one that everyone raved about on its release.

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An Independent Analysis of Flickr’s Most Popular Tags

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Flickr has evolved over the years. As a place that used to be for serious photographers, it still is in some ways but it has evolved into something much different to also appeal to the mobile photographer enthusiast community. Explore Flickr and you’ll find what remains of a couple of very hardcore groups as well as loads of random, but very good images. Then consider the fact that the most popular cameras in the community are Apple and Samsung phones. After this, you’ll find traditional DSLRs from Canon and Nikon then come Sony mobile phones. Then add in the variable of the community’s most popular tags.

So what does this mean for the community and how it has changed?

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There’s a Brand New Flickr Pro Membership Out Now

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Today, Flickr is announcing a brand new Pro membership program that is bound to satisfy current customers and maybe bring in some new ones. For starters, they’re bringing back the Flickr Pro badge apparently due to high requests for users to display that they are indeed members of the superior race of Flickr users. Additionally, Flickr Pro users will get an ad-free backend, new analytics tools, and a 20% discount on an Adobe Creative Cloud yearly membership deal for one year.

Lastly, Flickr Pro members will enjoy free standard U.S. shipping on Flickr merchandise or 50% off international shipping with a $25 minimum purchase.

New Flickr members will be able to purchase the Flickr Pro Membership today for $5.99/month or $49.99/year. Existing Pro Membership users will automatically be upgraded to the new membership and keep their existing pricing and unlimited storage.

It’s great to see that power users are getting new incentives as the audience is much different from the likes of Instagram and EyeEm despite the most popular cameras pretty much being the same things.

The Olympus EM5 Was Flickr’s Most Popular Mirrorless Camera of 2014

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We’ve got to give it to Olympus–despite the fact that Sony seems to have the larger overall mirrorless camera market share, Flickr’s most popular mirrorless camera for 2014 was the Olympus OMD EM5. Who can blame you when the current price is only $599. This camera is the one mirrorless camera that seemingly changed everything. It had a retro SLR style camera body, great image quality that holds up even today, fast focusing, and pretty much all of the features that a photographer will need.

In fact, I still use mine.

The report from Flickr, which was published last month and referenced by company reps in conversations with the Phoblographer, shows that the EM5 was not only popular last year but also for 2013. Yes, we’re talking about gear here, but it also means that the camera is solid enough to still be a popular option. In fact, the Canon 5D MK II and Canon Rebel 600D are still popular DSLR options amongst the community.

However, when it comes to actual camera ownership and popularity across the community there is a clean battle between Apple, Canon and Nikon trying to edge its way into the otherwise awkward three-way battle. Yes, your beautiful Apple product is popular, but it also means that the community has evolved into something that’s all about creating beautiful images instead of focusing on gear overall.

More statistics are after the jump, but we wonder how this might affect future mirrorless camera sales if at all. We’re probably thinking too deeply into this, but when a camera is just so damned good, why bother to upgrade at all?

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Flickr Apologizes for Selling Creative Commons Photos as Wall Art, Promises Refund All Sales

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Flickr has apologized for selling creative commons images as wall art, turning a profit from images specifically labeled not for commercial use. As a penance Flickr has pulled down all the CC pictures from its wall art selection any sales it’s made with the photos will be refunded.

Bernardo Hernandez, head of Flickr at Yahoo, posted a blog post entitled “An Update on Flickr Wall Art,” humbly noting “we’re sorry we let some of you down.”

“[…] [M]any felt that including Creative Commons-licensed work in this service wasn’t within the spirit of the Commons and our sharing community,” Bernardo wrote. “We hear and understand your concerns, and we always want to ensure that we’re acting within the spirit with which the community has contributed.”

Flickr’s Creative Commons section has long been a special part site, which allows photographers to freely post and share their images for anyone to use with the only caveat that these photos cannot be sold for money. Oddly enough Flickr broke its own rule in November by adding a large portion of the CC collection Wall Art printing service. Soon after the Flickr community began complaining that the image-hosting site was selling photographers’ work without giving part of the profit to the original artists.

Still Flickr was technically within its own rights picking only images with a “non-commercial” restriction. In the same statement Bernardo outlined the Wall Art service will continue, but it will not tap into creative commons-licensed images unless photographers reach out to the Flickr curation team themselves. Jump past the break to

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Alexandra Benetel is One of Flickr’s Top 20 Under 20 Photographers

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All images by Alexandra Benetel. Used with permission.

Alexandra Benetel recently was honored as a Flickr 20 under 20 recipient, or at least she was when she won the award. Now twenty one year old, she is a university student from Sydney, Australia. At the age of 15, she enrolled in a Visual Design course, which sparked her passion for photography. Alex has since been published in Russia’s Harper’s Bazaar, showcased her work in Sydney and New York and has been fortunate enough to travel, meet and collaborate with other artists. Her work captures mysterious yet dream like-words, filled with oddities that encompass aspects of reality.

Alex’s identity as a photographer is with her surreal and ethereal looking portraits–though she also shoots weddings.

All this, and she’s still got her whole life ahead of her.

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The Canon T3i Becomes Flickr’s Most Popular Dedicated Camera

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For many years, the Canon 5D Mk II was an incredibly popular camera on Flickr. In fact, it was probably the most popular dedicated camera. However, Flickr’s newest stats on their Camera Finder page now show the Canon T3i to be the most popular dedicated camera. One of the reasons for this the rise of amateur and hobbyist photographers looking for affordable cameras for them to learn on. And with that said, the T3i is a great option. In fact, a quick Google search for the most popular DSLRs reveals the T3i to be the most popular camera amongst Digital Photography School’s audience. Further research show’s the Canon T3i to be Amazon’s most popular DSLR.

Of course though, it isn’t Flickr’s most popular camera.

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Pics.io Wants to Take On Flickr and Adobe with a Cloud-Based RAW Photo Editor

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There are more than a couple of web spaces photographers can call home including Flickr, 500px, Instagram, and now a new site called Pics.io hopes to become the new spot for your online photo collection. The startup out of Ukraine just put Pics.io into beta and it promises its cloud-based image banks will let users access, manage, edit, and share photos from virtually anywhere and on any device.

The biggest thing of note about Pics.io is that it’s a RAW capable, meaning users can publish their images in JPEG, RAW, or DNG formats and work of them on the web. Pics.io has some more ambitious goals to unseat Adobe from its throne in the RAW photo processing world.

Currently web solution lets you upload files and edit them in a browser working off of previews from decoded RAW files. The software take a bit of time to load and get going but once users do they can start tuning their images’ brightness, contrast, and adjust curves to name a few settings photographers can tweak.

Pics.io piggybacks on Google Drive for storage so users will have 15GB of space for all their photos. For now sign up is free but you can bet as the service matures there will be a subscription fee.  Pics.co looks promising as a catch all photo space that will let users save, share, and edit their images all on a web browser. Check out a video on Pics.co after the break.

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Google+ Photos Might Be the Next Flickr Competitor

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Google+ seems to be on its way out but on the plus side Google may roll out a better service dedicated to images and photographers. A new Bloomberg report suggests as much, stating Google will section out the Photos section by giving it more autonomy. Supposedly the search company hopes to catch the attention of more users who have since avoided its services thanks to its association with Google+.

One possible direction for the new Photos service is it would turn into a very Flickr-esque site. Like Flickr, Google Plus already displays pictures with an elegant interface and all the important EXIF data. To top it off Google+ Photos has some unique powerful features including the options to edit your videos and images through a cloud editor. However it still lags behind sorely behind in popularity compared many other options including 500px and Instagram.

On the contrary, there are a few improvements we would like to see, namely bumping up the storage from 15GB, space that’s also split between Google Drive and Gmail, to something closer to Flickr’s 1TB of digital storage. Hopefully the rumors are true because there’s a lot we love about Google+ Photos and this could be the kick in the pants to finally make it a darling in the photography world.

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Flickr App Has a New Design, Photo Filters Included

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Following their recent photo page redesign, Flickr has applied that same sleeker, faster, and more convenient design to its mobile app but with a few extras. This means that the app has not only adopted the new more efficient photo viewing experience that lets you favorite, comment on, share, download, and look at the info of each photo sans all the tedious page jumping; but it’s also now competing with Instagram as far as taking photos with your phone is concerned.

Granted Flickr is a photo sharing space that’s been a home to and an outlet for many pros and hobbyists who shoot with proper cameras; but that doesn’t mean that the hosting website doesn’t have room for the more modern “snappers.” In fact, not only does Flickr allow connectivity to Instagram so mobile phone snappers can share their filter-heavy Instagram shots, now the Flickr app has actually mutated into one.

This new update doesn’t just allow you to take photos and post-process them, it actually makes available 14 photo filters that may make or break your smart phone snaps. And if you tap on a filter, the app lets you add vignetting to your shot. We’re not sure how these filters fare with Instagram’s, which admittedly are amazingly executed, but the app does offer the photo storing feature of the Flickr website, which Instagram clearly doesn’t have. Additionally, the update allows users to shoot high definition 30-second videos, which you can cut and apply the filters to.

Apparently, this redesign is part of Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer’s initiative to drastically rebuild Flickr and take it to the next level. I’m not sure I’ll be using the Flickr app camera and filters soon, but this redesign does allow for an easier, faster, and more enjoyable photo viewing experience.

This update is available for both iOs and Android users.

Via The Verge