Nothing is for free

By now everyone interested in photography has probably heard that Flickr will soon be downgrading its free plan. Since Verizon sold Flickr to SmugMug in April of current year, it was clear that things would change. SmugMug is after all a photo hosting and sharing platform which doesn’t offer a free plan.


Those who can’t or don’t want to purchase a pro account won’t be able to store 1 Terabyte worth of photos any longer but 1,000 of photos or videos instead. If you have more than 1,000 photos, those over the limit of 1,000 will be deleted starting February the 5th 2019 and starting with the oldest ones. SmugMugs reasoning behind this decision reads as follows: “Unfortunately, ‘free’ services are seldom actually free for users. Users pay with their data or with their time. We would rather the arrangement be transparent.”

In times in which scandals regarding misuse of user data are becoming more frequent, this is a good argument in favor of a payed service. The question is, however, whether we as users can be sure that our data won’t fall into the wrong hands despite us paying for the service. I for one don’t think that $50 for Flickr Pro per year is too much, as long as SmugMug can guarantee that my data is safe. What’s your opinion on this?

  1. I love Flickr, and I use it pretty often. That said, I don’t plan on upgrading to Pro. I’m not a pro, and I don’t mind the 1000 image limit. The limit will help me hone my portfolio. 🙂


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