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Why I switched to Flickr Pro

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Midnight home

I started to use Flickr almost two decades ago, when I was the editor-in-chief of Podaj Dalej student’s magazine. That time I used it primarily for bookmarking excellent Creative Commons-licensed work I could use for the articles and covers. I did publish my photos and early works there, but since I wasn’t investing that much in my photography, at some point I stopped doing so. Later on, in the stormy times of Flickr, with constantly changing service limits, fading popularity, not being sure about the service future and not publishing content at all, I archived all my content, keeping only the favourites alive. After Lunar Expedition 1 in August 2017, my account became just a home to mission photos, because I was often asked by different media where to find them. So here there were.

Last September I was inspired by one of my running colleagues of having photo walks. I asked myself, why the hell I’m not doing this? Why I’m taking shots if I’m not showing my work at all? Why I expect to improve my photography if I’m not training at all? Well, my digital archive on Instagram stopped at one hundred images somewhere in 2019 or 2020, and I realised I’m only taking shots while in travel. Fortunately, this gave me great, unexpected shots. But how to enforce myself to train and have more better pictures? Do I have enough content to make a 24x36 album? And even if, how to publish it, without much hassle (well, Instagram, and Meta-related or other social media are really not good for keeping your online portfolio), so at least I could share it with the family and friends? Maybe self-managed full-blown website built with Drupal or other tools? If not, if my website is statically generated (and to be honest, I like it that way), how to efficiently put photos in there (no, GIT LFS is not an option)? Some sort of external service for media would be required, and honestly speaking I was stuck how to approach that.

But one Flickr Pro feature was a selling point to me. If you’re a pro member, people visiting your photo stream don’t see ads. No ads. No ads between photos, whether you’re logged in or not! Two year plan for ca. 150 USD, for a dedicated photo hosting and sharing, which is really cheap if you consider your time that would have to be otherwise spent on managing the service on your own. That’s it. I was willing to pay for that.

The switch to pro membership made me to do photo-walks (from zero to hero in one month), look regularly at a great photography published every day and to focus on my piece of this world. As an unexpected output, some of my photos went even to Flickr Explore! Wow! At the end of the year I knew that this investment was worth the price. Enjoy!.