Picasa vs. Flickr for photographers
Posted in Photography, Photos, Tutorials and tagged Flickr, photo sharing, picasa, social networks.
May 24, 2010
Publishing your pictures on the web is a crucial matter for most photographers. It’s great for showing your pictures to friends and to get feedback from other photographers. There are a lot of picture sharing sites out there, though Yahoo’s Flickr and Google’s Picasa Web Albums seem to be the most popular and attractive ones. Both offer a free version, with the posibility to opt in for pay-services. But let’s compare the free versions of Picasa vs. Flickr in detail!
- very popular with photographers, it’s easy to browse millions of great pictures
- easy to view large versions of the images
- great intuitive user interface: clean layout, focus on content, easy navigation
- You can only have 200 photos online at a time (they don’t tell you about this before you reach the limit—watch out!)
- Image width is limited to 1024px (in landscape format) in free version
- You can only upload 100MB per month (which is enough for most people though)
- Full version costs ~25$ per year, removes all the restrictions
- no restrictions in image size
- no restrictions in the amount of photos
- Alters the images in some cases. It seems to increase contrast near edges in the image, similar to the “clarity” option in Adobe Camera Raw (Photoshop) and Lightroom. This is good in some cases, but you won’t have any control. Very poor! See below for an example.
- User interface is not as nice as Flickr, and you won’t meet much more people being into photography.
- You won’t be able to see the full resolution of the photos at a glance. You can zoom in, but you will only see a cropped version.
- Overall upload is restricted to 1GB.
- Additional 20GB will cost 5$/year.
Flickr is in general much better than Picasa, both feature-wise and general-experience-wise. Flickr is more a social network about photography, while Google is just a place where you can upload your pictures. On the downside, Flickr is much more expensive if you want to use the full version. So if you don’t mind for reaching the limit of the free version and having to pay 25 $ per year, Flickr is your choice!
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