It was recently announced that photo hosting company SmugMug has acquired Flickr, bringing two photography communities together. So, what’s changing and how is this going to affect the stack of photographs you store on these platforms?
SmugMug have said that they do not intend to merge the two companies into one, which means that they’ll continue to operate independently with their own distinct offerings. It intends to migrate Flickr’s back-end infrastructure over to its technology but still maintain the photo-sharing service as a separate entity. The main change would be for Flickr users who will soon have to agree to new terms and conditions as posed by SmugMug, if they want to continue using the service.
So, in which cloud should you upload your photos?
The answer depends on what you intend to do with the images. Flickr is great if you want to store your images in a place that’s easy to upload and show them off quickly. It gives you 1TB of storage for free and you can organize your photos into albums and decide who can see them.
Flickr also provides a paid plan which gives you access to advanced analytics, desktop auto-uploading tool and discounts on things like prints, Adobe Lightroom and more.
SmugMug, on the other hand, does not offer a free service. It is a paid-only subscription-based platform that comes with a customizable site where you can showcase your images. The good thing is that you pay a small amount per month for unlimited storage space. The site allows you to share your images on social media directly, as well as other prints and gifts made with the pictures you store there.
SmugMug has pricier plans, which give you the opportunity to sell your photography for commercial use and offers options for monetizing your work.
If you aren’t sure which is the best service for your needs, both companies offer free trials which would give you a taste of the service before you decide which one to go for.
We’re due to find out more about what this acquisition means for the two photo-sharing businesses, but if you have any other questions in the meantime – just ask!1