Flickr is bringing back Flickr Pro for its hard core users. And they are even bringing back the Pro user badge along with it, so that they can brag all they want.
In light of the recent release of Google Photos, Yahoo owned Flickr is fighting to make itself attractive to users by bringing back its Pro versions, for those people who take photography seriously. The new program will offer a 1 TB storage space, so that every photographer can have the luxury of snapping away without the concern of storage or external hard drives for back up.
For only $50 a year, Flickr Pro will store pictures and offer extensive data on the performance analysis of the users, who will be able to see how many people are viewing the pictures on their pages, how many are putting the pictures into their “faves” pile and how many are commenting. The analytics service will reveal the daily, weekly, monthly and maybe even yearly progression of the user’s performance and therefor it will constitute a powerful tool for self analysis.
And just to tickle the egos of professional photographers who choose to go Pro on Flickr, the program is offering them a badge, that will be introduced in their profile picture, so that other users can easily recognize the authority that these Pro users have earned.
Google Photos offers unlimited storage space on its platform, which could be considered an advantage. However, filling up 1 TB of storage space is quite a difficult task even for professional photographers, so to the vast majority, 1 TB is as relevant as unlimited storage space is. Therefore, this should not constitute a significant criteria in the decision process of choosing between Google Photos and Flickr Pro.
Furthermore, while Google Photos is an entirely new platform, Flickr dates back to 2004, which means that its user database is a very authoritative one, that comes with regular viewers for certain users and with a wider range of visibility, overall.
On the other hand, Google Photos has one feature that is extremely useful to all of its users. It automatically takes all the picture that the user takes with his phone or tablet and arranges them into the right categories, by using state of the art image recognition technology.
When the user uploads pictures from a camera or a device that cannot connect to the internet, these also get assigned to the proper categories, which could save a lot of time for photographers, who have to work with large amounts of data. Furthermore, this feature will also make it extremely easy for them to search their picture database for certain pictures, by using keywords.
Considering that quite a significant amount of people have tried out Google Photos and then decided to switch back to Flickr, either because of the tools or the extensive user base, this is probably the best time for Flickr to revamp its Pro feature.
It remains to be seen which of the two programs will have the best performance, but it is most likely going to be a close call, as both of them bring significant advantages to their users. Ultimately, the choice relies on personal preference and whichever features can meet each user’s expectations.
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