Flickr says “Goodbye Professional Photographers!”

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After hearing that Flickr was redesigned AND offering a free 1TB account I thought I was in heaven. What a smart move! Digital photography is wonderful compared to the film days, low cost, instantaneous feedback, and easy sharing, however there is one significant Achilles Heel with digital and that is long term storage. Printed photos have a tendency to last due to their placement in photo albums or shoeboxes. However, digital images exist in the ether – stored as bits on a home computer, sim cards, or in emails. Sure some are printed, but not many, and when the hard drive crashes so do the memories contained in those images. The truth is that few non-professional photographers have a backup system in place. Digital photos are lost forever every day.

I saw Flickrs move as a way of becoming THE place for everyone to share and safely store their images. The archive of the masses. Adveristiving would, I assume, be the business model, along with their “Pro” account offering of $25.00 per year for unlimited storage with no ads. I thought, “finally someone that gets it!” NOPE. I was sadly wrong.

“There’s no such thing as Flickr Pro because today, with cameras as pervasive as they are, there’s no such thing, really, as professional photographers when there’s everything that’s professional photographers. Certainly there’s varying levels of skills but we didn’t want to have a Flickr Pro anymore. We wanted everyone to have professional quality photo space and sharing.” – Marissa Mayer, May 2013

It seems that Flickr has decided that it wants the masses to use 1TB of space without any real option ($499.99 per year for 2TB) for more and at the same time to turn its back on the professional photography community and remove the Pro option. I don’t get it. Why not make money? Why not get more users with your 1TB offering and allow some of those users to convert to an unlimited account? Why alienate a portion of your customer/user base with odd statements as those above? There has been some back-peddling going on at Flickr (see the help forums), but in my opinion Mayer stated it very clearly, the Flickr Pro account is done.

I have canceled by Flickr account and joined Zenfolio.com. Yep, I paid $60.00 for a year of unlimited storage. More than twice as much as Flickr, but Flickr did not want my money. However, maybe it is for the best. Zenfolio offers access controls, an open API, the ability to download all of my content back, and seems to really like professional photographers.

Goodbye Flickr. I am waiting for my refund.

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One thought on “Flickr says “Goodbye Professional Photographers!”

  1. Found the whole flickr thing a bit dubious, Does not make sense to alienate customers. It looks like the way big corporations are heading now. Just look at Adobe and their plan to move CS to the cloud platform. Will be having a look at the zenfolio option, thanks for sharing, đŸ™‚

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