Wednesday, May 14, 2008

School me on Flickr and Picasa

For years I used Sony's Imagestation to store my photos online and they met my needs. You couldn't really beat free unlimited storage. That's probably why they closed up shop. After they went out of business I had my pictures automatically transferred to Shutterfly, but I don't really care for that service. I have taken many pictures since joining that site, but haven't uploaded any of them. I've been investigating my options and have narrowed it down to Flickr and Picasa.

Right now I am leaning towards Flickr, mainly because it seems more "fun," for lack of a better term. The community aspect and some of the bells and whistles appeal to me. But then, Picasa seems like it will seamlessly integrate with all things Google, which is also plus. Neither service offers free unlimited storage so it looks like I'll have to go the premium route no matter what I choose. I had at least a gigabyte of pics on Imagestation and I plan on re-uploading all of them over time.

What do y'all use? What are the pros and cons of each of these sites? Is there some viable third option that I've completely overlooked?

7 comments:

jasdye said...

i know that flickr uploads less on the free aspect. picasa, on top of integrating better with google, of course, it's easier to use and you can do some more photo fix-up with it.

but, you're right, the community aspects of flickr are more fun.

Micah said...

Yeah, right now I'm leaning heavily towards Flickr, but I thought I'd open up the opportunity to be swayed back towards Picasa.

spydrz said...

I think they left the "e" out.

Mags said...

I use both actually-Flickr for bloggy stuff (like hosting the pic for sidebar etc) but for my regular photos in my personal life I have Picasa b/c I like all of the options you can do-more than just cropping...it's not all that bad having 2 either. I thought it would be, but it's not crazy overwhelming.

Micah said...

spydrz - PicasaE?

mags - I considered using both. I still may. But checking out the premium plans, even though Picasa is $5 cheaper, the storage is still finite. Flickr's premium is unlimited. Advantage: Flickr.

See, I keep my camera's settings on the highest possible, so every pic is about 1-2 mb in size. My reasoning is that you can always downgrade quality a photo in an editing program, but you can't do the opposite. So I need the space.

Anonymous said...

I use both. Picasa for storing, minor editing, and organizing on the desktop. And Flickr for sharing and participating in online communities. To upload the photos from Picasa I use http://picasa2flickr.sourceforge.net. Select the photos in Picasa and click the Flickr button. It then will upload all of the photos using the Flickr Uploadr. Best of both worlds!

Micah said...

That's some good info. Thanks!