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Old 04-20-2018, 07:41 PM   #1
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Angry Flikr is being acquired by SmugMug

I just received the email I've copied here.

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We’re excited to announce that Flickr has agreed to be acquired by SmugMug, the photography platform dedicated to visual storytellers.

SmugMug has a long history of empowering people who love photography and who want to improve their craft, making them a perfect fit for Flickr and our creative community. With SmugMug, we’ll continue to focus on you, the Flickr members who inspire us all with your work.

Nothing will change immediately with regard to your Flickr account. You will still access Flickr with your current login credentials and you will have the same Flickr experience as you do now. We will continue to work to make your Flickr experience even better.

We think you are going to love Flickr under SmugMug ownership, but you can choose to not have your Flickr account and data transferred to SmugMug until May 25, 2018. If you want to keep your Flickr account and data from being transferred, you must go to your Flickr account to download the photos and videos you want to keep, then delete your account from your Account Settings by May 25, 2018.

If you do not delete your account by May 25, 2018, your Flickr account and data will transfer to SmugMug and will be governed by SmugMug’s Terms and Privacy Policy.

Read more detailed FAQs about this transition on the Flickr Blog.

We’re happy that Flickr is your home for photography and we look forward to the next chapter in our adventure together as we join the SmugMug family.

Thanks,
The Flickr Team

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If you have photos hosted on Flikr and do not wish to transition to SmugMug please note you have a limited time frame to download your photos and get out of Flikr...
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Old 04-20-2018, 08:02 PM   #2
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Hmmm, I need to check on SmugMug. I have something like 17,000 photos on Flickr.
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Old 04-20-2018, 08:09 PM   #3
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Unfortunately free cannot always be free. I do not know much about smug mug.
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Old 04-20-2018, 08:20 PM   #4
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I have been with SmugMug for over 6 years - their hosting service is worth every penny! My only Niggle with them is they only allow JPG so I am having to upload all my RAW files to my Amazon account for Archive purposes.

BTW, if you are a moderately serious Photographer, you really need to check out Luminar from Skylum: https://skylum.com/luminar

Later this year they will be including DAM (Digital Asset Management - think Lightroom) in their software AND you will not have to pay the outrageous annyual cloud fees charged by Adobe!
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Old 04-21-2018, 08:57 AM   #5
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I have been with SmugMug for over 6 years - their hosting service is worth every penny!
So just how much is "every penny"? I've been Flikr Pro for years and pay around $30 annually....

I archive my .raw files, and all my photos, to a pair of 2TB Seagate hard drives anyway...
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Old 04-21-2018, 10:40 AM   #6
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SmugMug is a great, family-run company. I used to work with the founder/CEO back in the '90s when we were both still quite young and I'm happy that he and his family have had such great success.

I used to use SmugMug for my photos but I stopped doing as much photography (Getting back into it again) so I stopped using SmugMug and just stuck with Flickr, which has worked out well.

SmugMug has said they're not going to get rid of the free option or make any changes to it "at this time." We all know that means things can change down the road, but hopefully SmugMug and Flickr Pro accounts will make up for the expenses associated with the free accounts (Storage is super cheap these days). I have no plans to dump Flickr and am interested in seeing where it goes.

I know folks are afraid of change, but give it a chance. The MacAskill family is awesome.
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Photobucket - here we come!


So you want to have your photos held hostage unless you pay a ransom?
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Old 04-21-2018, 12:28 PM   #9
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I have been with SmugMug for over 6 years - their hosting service is worth every penny! My only Niggle with them is they only allow JPG so I am having to upload all my RAW files to my Amazon account for Archive purposes.

BTW, if you are a moderately serious Photographer, you really need to check out Luminar from Skylum: https://skylum.com/luminar

Later this year they will be including DAM (Digital Asset Management - think Lightroom) in their software AND you will not have to pay the outrageous annyual cloud fees charged by Adobe!
Luminar looks interesting, but I am too heavily invested in Topaz Studio, Lightroom, PS and DxO to be worth switching. As for Flickr, I'm taking the wait and see approach. I only upload JPGs with a max resolution of 1024 x 768 so there is no great loss if it goes south. Been with FLickr since '06 so I hope Smugmug can return it to its former glory.
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I have been with SmugMug for over 6 years - their hosting service is worth every penny! My only Niggle with them is they only allow JPG so I am having to upload all my RAW files to my Amazon account for Archive purposes.

BTW, if you are a moderately serious Photographer, you really need to check out Luminar from Skylum: https://skylum.com/luminar

Later this year they will be including DAM (Digital Asset Management - think Lightroom) in their software AND you will not have to pay the outrageous annyual cloud fees charged by Adobe!
Luminar has been promsising DAM for 2 versions now. They promised it in the previous version but didn’t deliver. After paying again for an upgrade, they still are promising DAM. When MacPhun changed to Skylum and tried to develop for Windows they ended up spreading their resources too thin and we Mac users suffer the results. Not quite sure what’s worse, annual cloud membership fees or annual upgrade costs withfeatures promised but not delivered.
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