What's everyone's opinion of flickr, especially with regard to latest changes, offering 1TB of space...versus other photo hosting/sharing sites.
How are the TOS (Terms Of Service) there? Do you risk any rights to your images posted there?
What do you think about other sites...pro/con vs what Flickr offers?
I'm thinking of starting to put some online to share now with friends, but possibly in the future (until I get my own servers going at home again) hosting for possible revenue generation in the future.
Thanks in advance,
Flickr is nice in that it is one of the few sites that allows you to upload optional wide gamut galleries and doesn't decide it knows better and force every single gallery into sRGB. And your stuff tends to get noticed and liked and commented on a bit and there are tons of active groups, while on the more pro sites that doesn't happen too much and few people use groups, etc.
But it doesn't really let you configure much and the new site seems to have even removed any easy way to view by galleries which is pretty weird. I don't know that it would be so easy to sell images off it since there are sooooo many amazing images out there that you need to make your site look so-called serious pro otherwise people seem to feel why even think of paying for photos.
I used to love smugmug, but I think Zenfolio has become much better these days so I switched to Zenfolio some time back. Even not caring about selling, it's nice to be able to set up a nicely organized site.
I still have my Flickr account. I use it mostly to post to groups, for wide easy sharing and notice, contacts and especially for wide gamut galleries these days since sadly the other main sites lock wide gamut out , ridiculous in this day and age to decide that they know better than the photographer and they see to it to remap and ruin your color, forcibly, with no way to turn that auto-conversion to sRGB off.
Setting up your own server is rough if you get much traffic, it's hard to have the connection and equipment to handle that unless you go wayyy serious which seems like a losing proposition to me considering that photos don't bring in huge streams of cash in most cases, and there are some dangerous potential gotchas. You can get a server going easily enough, but to drive huge traffic.... and if you decided to directly handle payment and secure storage you need to be darn careful otherwise you can get yourself in a heck of a pickle to put it gently.