Unhappy with Flickr's new policy? If you have decided that you are done with Flickr, and have downloaded all your photos, you now have a decision to make: where do you put them now? Of course, you can simply hold them on a hard drive, but it's not ideal, especially if you want to share your work with family and friends or show it for sale or reuse. You can also back them up to one of the popular cloud storage services, but again, most are not ideal for viewing your photos.
You are not without choice. What follows is a quick list of some of the best cloud services for photographers to store, display and even sell their work ̵1; starting with Flickr himself.
Flickr does not go away, in any way – its merger with SmugMug has ensured it. What has everyone so upset is that Flickr limited his free plan to 1000 images; If you have more than that and do not switch to a paid plan by February 4, you may lose some images that violate the 1000 counter (from Flickr, the older ones).
The problem for Engaged Flickr users is that, while they can retrieve their images and the data that goes with them, they download images and related data separately and can be difficult to reorganize. So if you have a lot of information and comments on your photos, it may be easier for you to stay with the service and just pay for the privilege. Of course, if you feel you can afford it.
In its annual plan, Flickr now charges $ 50.24 annually for unlimited storage without ads and adds advanced statistics and discounts from a number of companies, including Adobe and (of course) SmugMug. You can get the same deal (except discounts) through their $ 5.99 monthly monthly plan.
Many consumers are looking for Google Photos as an alternative to Flickr – and that's not bad, especially if you have many family photos and you don't mind not storing the original.
How it works: According to the "High Quality" plan, Google will store an unlimited number of images for free as long as you allow them to be compressed to 16 megapixels (according to Google, images that can be printed without any problems up to 24 x 16) inch). The video is saved to a maximum of 1080p (data that closed captions can be eliminated to save space).
If it doesn't suit you, you can store photos in "Original Quality" – up to one point. Google currently provides all its accounts with 15 GB of free storage, including everything stored in Google Drive, Google Photos (not counting the images stored as "High Quality") and Gmail. There are ways to add this limit beyond a paid plan – for example, if you buy a Chromebook, you often get extra storage for a few years.
Don't buy a Chromebook? Google offers a wide range of plans you can choose from, but be careful when upgrading.
Last summer, Google introduced a new storage plan called Google One, which offers cheaper rates than some of its previous offers. It starts at 100GB of storage for $ 1.99 per month ($ 19.99 per year), and then continues to 200GB for $ 2.99 a month ($ 29.99 per year), 2TB for $ 9.99. per month ($ 99.99 per year), 10TB for $ 99.99 a month, 20TB for $ 199.99 per month and 30TB for $ 299.99 per month.
If you plan to go to the 2TB plan, make sure you upgrade to Google One instead of going to the older Google Drive upgrade (which is still online) – you can find yourself paying twice as much for same 2TB.
(And if you decide to join Google Photos, we have some tips and tricks that can help you gain momentum.)
Canadian companies 500px is actually more for professional photographers than your average snap-and-save capture – it offers professionals a place to store, publish and license their work. Last year, 500px announced a partnership with the renowned distribution house Getty Images, which allows donors to sell their work through Getty. (On the other hand, some more idealistic photographers may be discouraged by how 500px has stopped allowing photos to be licensed under Creative Commons.)
So, if you have ambitions to start your photos, 500px can be a place to check out.
The basic (free) plan is limited to the point where it really is a test account instead of something useful: you get seven uploads within a seven day period. So it's really more of a test account than anything else.
The site offers three paid plans. The first, modest name Awesome, offers unlimited uploads, priority support, no ads, a story of "liked" photos, gallery show shows, and a $ 47.88 annually or $ 6.49 per month profile badge. The Pro Plan adds a way to show your services and organizational tools for $ 71.88 per year or $ 12.99 per month. Finally, you can add an Adobe Creative Cloud Photography subscription to the Pro $ 155.88 per year plan (there is no monthly plan for that).
Back in 2017, Photobucket, which had been worth thousands of user photos for free, caused some agitation when it was suddenly decided to charge its members $ 400 per year to insert their photos on another site using direct image links. These days, service plans are more accessible.
Like the other services listed here, there is still a free plan. Photobucket lets you upload as many photos as you want at most 2.5GB, but they will appear with ads (many ads!) And the site will watermark the images with their own logo (don't worry, the original will not be moved ). If you have decided to stick to the Photobucket and want more space (along with ad and watermark-free images), you can start with the beginner plan of $ 4.48 per month, giving you 25GB of storage space. For $ 6.48 a month, mid-level provides 250GB and an unlimited number of photo albums. Finally, for $ 11.48 per month, the Expert Plan offers 1TB of storage space and no image compression. All paid plans are available with a 10% discount if you pay for a full year.
DeviantArt calls itself "the movement for liberation of creative expression" as well as a social network for artist and enthusiasts. It gives visitors a wide range of art galleries to see, divided into categories such as traditional animation and illustrations. DeviantArt (or DA for short) also has its own publishing platform called Sta.sh – emphasizes the fact that this page, like 500px, is less for easy storage and more for displaying (and selling) your art.
A free membership of DeviantArt gives you up to 2GB of storage space and access to DA's collection of artists and art lovers. If you contribute $ 15 every three months or $ 50 a year, you will join the core members, giving you access to 20GB of storage and a host of other benefits, such as Google Analytics, more ways to customize your site and a 20% discount when buying other artists' work. However, if you have a large portfolio, you will run into that 20GB limit – you are probably better off using another storage service, even if you choose to market via DA.
So what should I do?
As with most online services, which are most useful, it can be a very individual choice and depends largely on whether you are taking holiday pictures, trying for truly amazing prospects or being a professional and / or expert photographer.
If the cost is a problem (and when isn't it?) You can make a simple price compilation – or as simple as possible, given the differences in how the services work. Let's say you need about 1 TB of storage for your many photos of family, friends and pet lizards. You would rather not compress them if possible, and for that privilege, you are willing to pay an annual fee (which most services offer at a discount on their monthly fees). The price difference for one year would be:
- Flickr: $ 50.24 (for unlimited storage)
- Google One: $ 99.99 (for 2TB storage)
- 500px: $ 47.88 (for unlimited storage)
- Photobucket: $ 123.98 (for 1TB)
- DeviantArt: $ 50 (for 20GB)
With the prices alone, both Flickr and 500px are your most priced options, as they offer unlimited storage for about the same fee. Google One is next in a row – if you are not willing to let Google compress your photos (and there are no other storage needs), then its 15 GB free plan is the best deal, as compressed images are not counted against its storage limit.
If you want a place to promote your photos (and / or a group of artists to consult and chat with), 500px or DeviantArt can be a better place to go – just make sure they have the resources you need.