11 Reasons Why Flickr, Not Facebook, Is the Place to Put Your Photos

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5. Flickr offers easy drag-and-drop tools for uploading photos and organizing them into albums (they’re actually called sets). Uploading photos to Facebook is much more tedious.

6. If you like maps, Flickr can display your geotagged photos on a world map. If you don’t have a camera that automatically geotags your photos, there’s an easy way to assign each image to a location.

7. Flickr lets you store videos of up to three minutes in length at 1080p resolution. Facebook allows longer videos, but limits resolution to 720p.

8. There’s an amazingly welcoming and supportive community of photographers on Flickr. They’ve formed groups around every conceivable subject, from HDR photography to the color orange.

9. Through a partnership with Aviary, Flickr provides a range of basic photo-editing tools, including the all-important redeye reduction. Facebook offers no photo editing tools.

10. Lots of other people have built apps and services that interact with Flickr—for example, if you use iPhoto on your Mac, you can upload photos straight to Flickr. This is also true for Facebook; the point is that you don’t lose anything by switching to Flickr.

11. In case you missed it before: a terabyte of free storage. (“Pro” subscribers who formerly paid $25 a year for unlimited storage get grandfathered in.) The upshot is that you can use Flickr as a backup location for all of your photos, not just the ones you want to show off.

12. (Bonus reason) The Flickr mobile apps for iOS and Android are really quite good, allowing you to browse, manage, and snap and upload photos directly from your smartphone. The iOS version comes with about 15 free Hipstamatic-style filters.

Flickr isn’t perfect yet. If you have a lot of photo sets, it’s hard to organize them for easy browsing and searching. It’s ridiculously difficult to order photo prints from the site—you have to specify the number and size of the prints you want one image at a time, then export the photos to Snapfish. There’s no official Flickr app for the iPad or Android or Windows tablets (though there are some decent third-party apps that work with Flickr—my favorite is called Flickr Studio).

Moreover, the recent changes to Flickr’s design have left many users, especially pro photographers, unhappy—for example, the technical “EXIF” data about each image is now buried a couple levels deeper. And there are folks like Mok Oh, founder of Moju Labs, who argue that the whole idea of the online photo album is obsolete, and that the next generation of photo organizing tools needs to be far more automated and personalized.

But overall, Flickr has made an amazing comeback. My fears back in 2011 that I might have to lug my 16,000 Flickr photos over to Google+ or some other service turned out to be unjustified. I’m thrilled with the recent redesign and hopeful that Mayer can get Yahoo back on solid ground, the better to support Flickr—which, to me personally, is the single most interesting and valuable product in the whole Yahoo lineup.

Facebook wants to be the catch-all location for everything you share digitally. But like all omnibus solutions, it comes with compromises. A great photo is a terrible thing to waste—so consider putting your photos on Flickr instead.

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31 responses to “11 Reasons Why Flickr, Not Facebook, Is the Place to Put Your Photos”

  1. Shermaine says:

    Thanks for the stamp of approval. What do you know about Flickr’s privacy policy? I am now an ex-Facebook member due to some concerns about how my personal data and preferences were being shared. However, I’m really intrigued by the idea of receiving a terabyte of data. That is pretty amazing.

    • Wade Roush says:

      On Flickr you can set a default privacy level for all of your photos (private, family, friends, or public) and you can adjust the privacy level of each individual photo. One feature that I’d like to see, which I don’t think Flickr has, is the ability to set a privacy level for an photo set. But to your main point, I don’t know of any cases of Facebook-style privacy blunders or brouhahas at Flickr. That’s not to say they couldn’t happen, but I don’t think Flickr’s business model is built around monetizing your content, in the same way Facebook’s is.

      • Jon Smith says:

        currently, the bugged revamp means almost anyone can steal any photo they like on flickr. and as they are full resolution now, that is very serious news indeed for any serious photographer.

  2. jdurocher1973 says:

    Thanks Wade… been searching for a new home for my photos and it’s been a challenge. I currently pay $99/year to a service that is shriveling up. I don’t mind paying the money but the support is gone. The biggest problem I have is finding a new site that will effectively serve as my archive for full resolution pics, and let me share via Facebook, and finally is easy to print items like a photobook.

  3. Jon Smith says:

    hahahaha, are they putting something in your water? since the marissa mayer inspired revamp flickr is the place to dump a zillion smartphone snaps of pavement pizzas and blurred cats now, the proper photographers are making for the exits in their droves.

  4. Kingsley Harris says:

    Wade, did you consider Everpix.com as another option?

  5. Jennifer Crowe says:

    I had the experience of a discovery one of my photos of a nephew included in someones collection of favorites. The person was obviously a pedophile as all photos in his collection were young boys under ten years old. There were somewhere over a hundred in his “collection”. I found this really disturbing and closed my Flickr account..

    • Wade Roush says:

      Jennifer — that’s an icky experience indeed. However, a solution short of closing your Flickr account would have been to make your family photos private, or visible only to your friends, so no one else could see them or mark them as favorites.

    • Alex Hall says:

      What?! If you can still track that profile down, you should report that user both to flikr and law enforcement. Oy.

  6. Lisa says:

    Is there a way to move some of my photos/albums from FB to Flickr? I know FB already compressed quality, but some photos I just want to have in Flickr albums anyway, despite compressed quality, just so I don’t loose track of them (like I would on FB), and I’ve already deleted these from my phone or computer, so they only exist on FB right now.

  7. Barry Spock says:

    I don’t use facebook, but Flickr has gone to hell since yahoo started messing with its format a couple of months ago. If you were any kind of serious flickr user you’d know that.

    The usability and viewability of flickr has gone down the toilet. And do they listen to their users and paid-up pro users? No.
    So who’s paying you blogger?

  8. Aaron Morgan says:

    While it is true that Flickr is awesome, Facebook has one thing going for it that Flickr does not. If a photographer wants to have his/her images seen by loads of other photographers, I do realize that Flickr has the potential to make a photographer. I know lots of non-photographers visit Flickr. Flickr is one of the great places for sharing photos. But if a photographer wants free marketing with an incredible reach potential, Facebook is the place to be. That’s even still true over G+, and that is true in addition to Facebook’s ridiculous edgerank.

    Consider, for instance, that you are a portrait photographer who thrives on word of mouth. When you do a portrait shoot, upload and tag your clients, a huge portion of their friends will see the photo. All of those who click on that photo go strait to your profile or business page. Facebook has been a boon to building my business. Flickr simply cannot do that at the same speed as Facebook. Flickr has mass “discovery” potential. Facebook has mass “reach” potential.

    I want non-photographers to see my photos. Photographer communities are fantastic for critique, inspiration and learning. Reaching the “explore” page on Flickr and being discovered can be incredible. But for regular day to day business purposes, Facebook beats Flickr.

    P.S. You are correct that Facebook is a terrible place to store and organize. But that’s not what Facebook is for, especially when it comes to business.

  9. Stefan Breton says:

    The hell with a loads of free filters and gizmos; Flickr is a community of amateur and want-to-be pro photographers. Professional photographers have no time to comment on yet another photoshopped to the max image of some suspended teenage girl with angel wings. Its social networking quotient is quite low as 99% of the people looking at your photos are other photographers. I’ll give one reason why you should pick FB anytime over Flickr: it’s the closest social networking experience that we can have of the real world. But why choose when you can have both? After all, Flickr is excellent for storage.

    • pussykat_7@hotmail.com says:

      and I think fb like many sites are beginning to ¨police¨ us….they are locking accts without cause, demanding photo id and gov`t id which is ILLEGAL!!! They are doing this shit and getting away with it because they can, because people like you think they are some kind of god! If people would just shut down and not use their facebook accts for a day or two, we the people would be back in control, its a social media site for god sakes not the justice system, I need less info and id when I go to the bank!!

    • Vien Huynh says:

      lol, u make me wanna laugh. Then the community on POTN are amateurish then..

  10. ellen says:

    Thank you for this article. Honestly, I had no illusions about Facebook but I am building an archive for work and need a free photo sharing site that doesn’t compress the image and offers a great deal of free storage. Much appreciated

  11. Joe Daniels says:

    thanks for this article I’m looking to host 450 plus high resolution pictures from a kettlebell compeition for my website.

  12. Spelio says:

    I really hope that Flickr do NOT force all the Pro members to use the so called “New Experience” which as a Beta is a disaster for serious members and photographers …

    They need to supply a permanent opt out button, and remove the “Try the new experience” button that ruins our images…

  13. Eric Heiss says:

    * Looking at reason #1 (Flickr shows true resolution, fb compresses….) – WHY is every single flickr photo i look at, very small? And you can’t save it. Even if you are ‘following’, friends, whatever. Do a bing/google search on, “Why flickr photos so small?” and many same inquires come up. I do not know flickr well at all, but because of ever single flickr photo i have bumped into being oh-so-small and un-savable, I will NOT be using flickr.

  14. Mahinthan So says:

    When I share flikr or 500px images to fb no one cares. But when i upload directly to fb every one looses their mind and comment and likes it why is that?

  15. Bill says:

    These are DIFFERENT THINGS for DIFFERENT PURPOSES. Facebook is for showing photos to your friends. Flickr is for publishing photos to the world. Snapchat is for exhibitionists. It’s silly to compare totally different things.

  16. Todd Gilmore says:

    MY question is I been using Flikr to post my photography as an enthusiast / semi pro for 3 months now and get some great pictures!! others though who are getting +99 favorites and don’t even join a group, when I an joined in with over 20 groups per photo I post. My favorites average 30 and I just don’t get it. These peoples terrible photo’s washed out, blurry, etc. are filling their page with each and every photo +99 favorites! HOW is this possible…

    • Mario Pedemonte says:

      That’s why i gave up flickr and started with instagram + Gramblr which makes u upload from desktop to intagram

  17. Paroma Datta says:

    Great article! Very informative and I totally agree with the part that Facebook is more for socialising. Quality of photos is compromised. How about Instagram though? Have you written anything similar with Flickr versus Instagram? I know Instagram also makes several compromises on the size and quality of photos but I like the interface. I’m looking for an awesome online photo sharing platform. Weighing the options….

  18. Mario Pedemonte says:

    Yesbut with flicker 80% people don’t watch the photos in the groups they are in lol. they just join to upload their photos in it … so somehow flickr isnt that ‘ wow ‘