Earlier this year, SmugMug reinforced its photography business by acquired Flickr from Yahoo and we're finally witnessing the first major change to the platform under new management. Unfortunately, that change is lowering the value of a free Flickr account while bolstering the value of premium.
From here on, PetaPixel reports, a free Flickr account will now be limited to 1,000 photos and videos. The publication broke down the differences between the previous setup and now, estimating that users are going from being able to store over 20,000 50MB files (larger than most photos) to just 1,000. The silver lining is that the photos aren't limited by resolution and can be stored in their original quality.
Free Flickr account users that have over 1,000 photos and videos on their account have until January 8, 2019, to download the content and get under the limit. After that date, if you're over the limit, you won't be able to upload. Then, on February 5, 2019, Flickr will start deleting files from oldest to newest until the 1,000 limit is reached. The Yahoo! sign-in that was held over from Yahoo's previous acquisition of Flickr is also going away in January 2019.
Pro Flickr users get to continue enjoying unlimited storage of photos and videos, but their photos are now displayed at 5K resolution for any screen. Video length has also been upgraded from 3 minutes to 10. Advance stats are also delivered to Pro users, sharing how photos perform and if they're trending on the desktop or mobile app. The biggest boost to the paid Pro accounts, though, is the addition of a dedicated support team where Pro users get priority assistance.
Flickr Pro is $50 per year and users will be able to take advantage of all the features above plus partnerships with Adobe, Peak Design, and more. Stay tuned to Shacknews for additional updates.