Friday, March 15, 2013

Why I Stopped Using Flickr

Like most amateur photographers, I was looking for a place to upload my photos and share them with like-minded individuals.  I ran across Flickr and thought that it seemed like a great site, especially since it was free.  I signed up and started uploading all of my photos.

The first issue I had was that the free accounts are limited to only upload a certain amount of data each month.
 Well that's ok, I worked around it.  I really enjoyed the simplicity of the site.  All I had to do was upload the photos and add names, descriptions, and tags and before I knew it random people were finding them.  Not only were they finding them, they were actively commenting, favoriting, and adding them to groups!  It wasn't long before I bumped into another limit on free accounts.  I could only display around 200 photos at a time.  The other photos, though not deleted, were just lost in cyberspace...unavailable for public viewing.  Well, that defeated the whole purpose.  The only way around this limit was to upgrade to a Pro account.

I'm sorry Flickr, I dont want to pay you to hold my photos for me.  It's like they just wanted to get you hooked on their site, but limit you everywhere you turn so that eventually you would just upgrade to Pro purely out of frustration.  It was at that point that I decided to take matters into my own hands.  I created this blog just to upload my photos, show other peoples photos that I like, and share tips and tricks for your average everyday amateur photographers.  I know that blogging isn't quite the same as the community on Flickr...but this is just something I want to try.