Not that long ago, we discussed everything you need to know about the new Flickr. The photo sharing site recently underwent a dramatic overhaul, affecting not only how the site looks and works, but also completely revamping the structure of the free and paid plans. Some people like the changes, but many people don’t. This article is for the latter group, as we explore some of the best Flickr alternatives that are currently available on the web.
You may notice that there are a few notable omissions from this list. Some proponents may point to Tumblr as a possibility, for example, as well as social networks like Facebook or Twitter. These may be viable for some purposes and should not be discounted, but they may not necessarily be appropriate as complete Flickr alternatives for a number of possible reasons. With that in mind, let’s see where ex-Flickr users might want to turn.
Yes, Google+ is primarily being positioned as a social network, but Google has worked very hard on integrating the service with more of an image-based focus. Picasa has been eliminated, for instance, and it has effectively been rolled right into Google+. Having the tight integration with Google Drive is a big plus too, as this provides 5GB of free storage in addition to unlimited storage for “standard” size web photos. In line with the photo focus, the Google+ mobile app for iOS and Android has Snapseed-powered image editing built right in too.
In some sense, 500px is now what Flickr was a few years back. It’s not really meant to be a social network for the masses as much as it’s meant to be a place where professional (and prosumer) photographers can host their portfolios, showcase their work, and get feedback from the community. As one of the more prominent Flickr alternatives, 500px is meant to be a departure from the current wave of everyone posting everything from their smartphone cameras, gearing more toward the pros and high-level enthusiasts. Indeed, there’s even an online store where photographers can list and sell their pictures. 500px takes a 5 percent commission. As far as cost, the $50 annual fee nets you unlimited storage.
Most people probably wouldn’t include DeviantArt (stylized as deviantART) on a list of Flickr alternatives, but it’s not a site that should be so easily discarded. It’s true that deviantART accepts a broad range of artistic materials and it’s a site that’s better known for its digital renderings and hand sketches, but there’s also a substantial section dedicated to photography. Some of the most popular wallpapers on the Internet are actually hosted on deviantART.
It used to be that Photobucket was the website where people would upload their images for temporary purposes, like hosting pictures of the things they have on sale on Craigslist or the online buy/sell forums. It was a haven for a lot of low-res and ultimately forgettable pictures, but it has grown to be a substantial community for people who take and love their pictures. You can upload instantly, editing with filters and effects, and even print them. There’s a built-in “store” where you can print photo books, personalized coffee mugs, jewelry, jigsaw puzzles, and custom skins for your iPhone and iPad.
Another unconventional choice for replacing your Flickr needs, Pinterest may be geared more toward sharing images, videos, and content that you find elsewhere on the Internet by “pinning” it, but there’s also the support to “upload” a pin. That uploaded pin can be an image of just about any size and Pinterest will host that full resolution version for free. By effectively utilizing different boards, the images and other shared content can be easily organized and the built-in social sharing makes Pinterest really easy to use too. It may lack more pro-geared features like EXIF data, but the free unlimited storage is a plus.
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