Flickr and I go way back. I believe almost 6 years—when I first got into Photography. I was super excited when I purchased my first Pro Account. About $7 a month, or about $25 a year. It’s really cheap, and worth it—and I don’t say that much!
They’re now offering 3 months of free ‘Pro’ status. This means that you can go grab your original photos you’ve wanted back for so long. I know I did! (Flickr requires a Pro account to download / view your original uploaded photos at full resolution) I was very excited to hear about this, and thankfully in time. I’m not sure how long the offer stands to actually activate the Pro status. Also, not sure if the 3 months applies to new customers. I believe they get their own trial in the beginning anyway.
This is also at a mighty convenient timing, seeing as Instagram’s %#@$ just hit the fan with their Terms of Service, and are losing many users, (and Flickr can snag those stragglers!) including big names like National Geographic—although I’ve just learned they’ve returned to the service and will begin posting again.
More after the break 🙂
That’s all for that announcement, but I’d like to add why I love Flickr so much, and why you should get on there as soon as possible.
Being on there for 6+ years, I’ve been with the same contacts, watching time pass by. We all watched each other grow as creative artists. Everyone takes a break now and then, and when they come back they’re surprised at the level some contacts have gotten to. I’ve done that exact thing many times.
It’s crazy to see! One day you’re chatting about how the hell I work my new DSLR, and next thing you know, they’re deep into the freelance business taking photos for huge gigs!
It’s the only site I know of, aside from MySpace and other big social gurus that have a dynamic like this. So if you’re not on Flickr already (assuming you’re a photographer? HA) you better get on that, because you’re in for quite an experience.
There’s no better place or way to start out. As a beginner, this is paradise. So much good, constructive feedback. No bad mouthing, no spam; it’s perfect. As you grow, you’ll find it more and more useful.
So… Why do you love Flickr? Will you use the 3 months to get your originals back? Comments! 🙂