My flickr pro account is expiring soon. Very soon. Usually when I get the email telling me that that’s happening I renew straight away. This year though, I’m stalling a little bit. Flickr’s failing a little bit for me recently.
It’s just that the rest of the interwebby world is getting more connected. I’ve practically Google-ified my online life. Heck, I have an Android phone. It would make sense if I were to be using Google’s Google Photos rather than flickr. Then everything would be all the more integrated and easier for me to access.
Flickr’s not doing so well with integration these days. I still think the interface is a little clunky and they’ve got a way to go to get up to speed with their competitors. The communities aren’t what they used to be and to be honest, I’ve pretty much stopped using flickr for that aspect of it. I know it’s still seen as the place for photographers
I just want a place where I can share my photos and then view them from wherever I am.
The one big thing that’s causing me some aggravation with Google Photos is that it’s album-ing isn’t very sophisticated. Y can’t do sub albums/folders. Trying to sort the photos manually is a bit of a pain as you can’t see any of the photos meta data (I wanted to sort by time photos were taken, but couldn’t see the time they were taken in Google Photos!).
Then there’s the other issue of me using Lightroom and RAW photo files. Publishing RAW files to my flickr account is as easy as flicking on a light switch. With Google Photos I can upload the RAW files using the desktop Picasa client, but they don’t have the changes I’ve made to them in Lightroom. I call that annoying.
But then again, sharing anything from Google Photos is the easiest thing in the world. And I trust Google’s data centres and servers and know that my photos will be safe with them.
I don’t think I’ll renew my pro account. I’m going to attempt to move over to Google Photos and see how that goes. If anyone’s using Google Photos or has any tips or advice, I’d really appreciate it! Then again, if you think I’m better off sticking with flickr, tell me why!