Flickr is bringing its premium service back. Of note, Flickr Pro subscription plans will start at $5.99 a month or $49.99 a year. Subscribers also get a 20% off discount for the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography service that offers essentials like Photoshop and Lightroom. Those who previously subscribed to the ad-free plan will receive an automatic upgrade to Flickr Pro.
Flickr Pro makes a welcome comeback
Yahoo modified Flickr two years ago when the search company took down the Pro plan and replaced it with a 1TB storage option. The company also offered the aforementioned ad-free plan for a premium price. The new subscription plan comes with improved analytics and stats and navigation features so users can figure out which photos are viewed the most. The new Pro service will also skip ads and offer Pro badges.
Last May, Flickr added new updates including a search feature, intelligent camera roll and mobile apps for all iOS, Android, Windows and Mac.
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Yahoo wants photographers to come back to Flickr
Yahoo is trying to lure photographers back to its Flickr photo sharing service with the upgrades and new Pro service. The company has been losing photo pros to other online services like SmugMug and 500px for some time now. Yahoo thinks the service will appeal to existing and new users who don’t mind paying for specific features.
Google also plans to make some changes for its social photo features. The search giant will officially shutter Google+ photos in favor of the standalone Photos. Ars Technica’s Ron Amadeo explained, “Google Photos won’t entirely be taking over the duties of Google+ Photos, Picasa Web Albums will be covering some of the functionality, too.”
Yes that’s right, Google’s original internet photo service is still alive! Picasa will apparently be serving as the host for pictures shared during Google Hangouts chats.
Google Photos initially debuted during this year’s I/O event.