Whether an amateur or a professional photographers of all kinds live to share their photos.
Both Flickr and Facebook allow users to share photos. Creating either an account for Flickr or a page on Facebook is quite simple. As a photographer I found it easier to create a page attached to my personal Facebook account rather than creating a separate account on a different website. However both have their pros and cons.
- Ease of Use – Millions of people use their Facebook page on a daily basis so why create a separate account to have to visit another website when you want to share pictures with friends, family or clients.
- High exposure to lots of high quality photos and photographers.
- Is not highly regarded or used by professionals in certain aspects of photography
- The default settings allow anyone to see anything you post – which some users may not like. Whereas with Facebook you can decide who you want to see your pictures in certain albums.
When viewing your photos via a Facebook page they are organized into Albums or you can wade through all of the photos but if photos are older than what the end of the page shows, you are pretty much in it for an endless day of scrolling to find the right picture.
While on Flickr pictures are shown in different sizes and in higher resolution than on Facebook.
Wade Rousch wrote an article in 2013 titled 11 Reasons Why Flickr, Not Facebook, Is the Place to Put Your Photos which can be read in its entirety here, however the most important part of the article the list I wanted to share with you and add a few of my own tidbits too. (The original list can be seen in bold with my thoughts seen in italics.
- Flickr stores and displays your images at full resolution. Facebook compresses them by as much as 80 percent, resulting in a huge loss of information and detail. For serious photographers, this is the single biggest reason to avoid Facebook. As Rousch states this is why serious photographers avoid Facebook. Most serious photographers are all about the quality of the photo and Facebook definitely cuts down on the quality.
- Flickr’s redesigned website showcases big, beautiful versions of your photos on endlessly scrolling pages. It’s vastly superior to Facebook’s photo albums and a huge improvement over the previous Flickr design.
- You can easily share your Flickr photos back to Facebook—or Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, WordPress, Blogger, or LiveJournal. Something that many people look for nowadays is ease of sharing photos and with ability to easily share your Flickr photos to multiple social media sites is for sure a plus!
- Both Flickr and Facebook are ad-supported, but so far, Flickr’s ads are a lot less obtrusive and creepy than Facebook’s. I agree the ads on Facebook are wayyyyyy creepyyyyy!
- Flickr offers easy drag-and-drop tools for uploading photos and organizing them into albums (they’re actually called sets). Uploading photos to Facebook is much more tedious.
- If you like maps, Flickr can display your geotagged photos on a world map. If you don’t have a camera that automatically geotags your photos, there’s an easy way to assign each image to a location. SO COOL!
- Flickr lets you store videos of up to three minutes in length at 1080p resolution. Facebook allows longer videos, but limits resolution to 720p.
- There’s an amazingly welcoming and supportive community of photographers on Flickr. They’ve formed groups around every conceivable subject, from HDR photography to the color orange.
- Through a partnership with Aviary, Flickr provides a range of basic photo-editing tools, including the all-important redeye reduction. Facebook offers no photo editing tools. Facebook’s lack of photo editing tools may drive more people away from them and to other photo sharing sites for that reason alone.
- Lots of other people have built apps and services that interact with Flickr—for example, if you use iPhoto on your Mac, you can upload photos straight to Flickr. This is also true for Facebook; the point is that you don’t lose anything by switching to Flickr.
- In case you missed it before: a terabyte of free storage. (“Pro” subscribers who formerly paid $25 a year for unlimited storage get grandfathered in.) The upshot is that you can use Flickr as a backup location for all of your photos, not just the ones you want to show off.
- (Bonus reason) The Flickr mobile apps for iOS and Android are really quite good, allowing you to browse, manage, and snap and upload photos directly from your smartphone. The iOS version comes with about 15 free Hipstamatic-style filters.
What sites are your favorite photo sharing sites?