Flickr has announced that all users will be getting 1TB of free photo hosting. That is pretty sizable free storage! Add to that, they have also announced that all images will be available at full-size and the deal gets even sweeter!
I used to use Flickr way back before Yahoo bought them and for the most part, I really enjoyed the service. I even paid for it at one point, before I realized that I don’t like renting where I put my precious images.
This news is a game changer in terms of photo storage and hopefully realigns Flickr as the serious photographer’s web storage option. Even their home page allows you to calculate how many photographs 1TB holds (The answer is, it is always a lot of photographs!). I was so jazzed, I quickly picked up a refurbished Cannon Rebel T3i Body (for $351.99) to replace my ailing Rebel XT now almost 10 years old.
So, my advice is to dust off your Yahoo account and get snapping!
Update: Flickr was sold and the first thing they did was back out of the 1 TB of storage. They didn’t keep it for existing users. Unfortunately, the profit model of a ton of storage for free is unsustainable. Google Photos did the same thing, however, I trust Google will be around in ten years. I’m not so sure about Flickr at this point.
Personally, I now keep my photos backed up locally. Maybe something to explore on a self-hosted basis in the future. Contact me if you have any recommendations!