5 Online Photo Sharing Sites Which Are Free Alternatives To Flickr

flickr logo   5 Online Photo Sharing Sites Which Are Free Alternatives To FlickrMy Flickr premium subscription has just expired. I have been very happy with the paid service but I have the feeling that I can find a good replacement for free somewhere.

The free version of Flickr is also nice but really lacks if you want to use it as your main photo storage. Only the last 200 photos will be shown for instance and you don’t get to view and share images in their original resolution.

Let’s try to get all those benefits for free with a review of the online photo sharing sites that challenge Flickr.

Picasa (Web Albums)

Picasa is Google’s take on a photo site. It’s clean, it’s free, it’s fast and reliable. Picasa is especially known for its desktop application that can organize and edit your photos. I can recommend this software whatever photo sharing website you’re going to use.

For more information on the desktop software have a look at our Picasa articles here on MakeUseOf.  Jim has written an excellent 5 piece guide with Picasa tips.

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The free web component offers 1GB of space for photos and videos and unlimited bandwidth. A feature that you’ll not find quickly somewhere else is facial recognition. The only paid advantage that you can get is a storage upgrade that you’ll be able to share with your Gmail account. Yearly prices in dollars or euros (they’re the same, oddly enough) range from 5,- for 20 GB to 4069,- for 16 TB (yes, that’s terabytes). I’m not sure who’d have four thousand dollars to spend on photo storage, but I guess they’re the same people who have 16 terabytes of photos.

Share.Ovi

Ovi is the portal of Nokia. Their photo sharing site is inconveniently named “Share on Ovi” or “Ovi Share by Nokia” or something. What’s important however is that anyone can use the site for free whatever mobile phone you have.

The latest Nokia smartphones do come with an easy way to synchronize their photos to Ovi Share however. Nokia bought the company Twango in 2007 and rebuilt it to Ovi Share, which opened to the public in February 2008. Earlier this year however Nokia announced they will not improve the site much further due to disappointing usage numbers. This excellent site will remain live and free though.

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Ovi actually comes closest to the features you get with a paid Flickr Pro membership. Unlimited storage and bandwidth and a very nice clear interface.

Zooomr

Zooomr is a very complete photo sharing website, more geared towards social sharing. You get practically all of the features for free, a paid account only frees you from ads and lets you know who faved and commented on your images. There is a page called the Zipline which shows all the latest photos and activity of your contacts. Also, it’s possible to make a profile for yourself.

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Zooomr also offers unlimited storage space and bandwidth, but doesn’t support videos. As it focuses more on social interaction you get profiles, an overview of activity and people tagging and geotagging.

Snapixel

Snapixel is a very clean photosite. So what’s special about Snapixel? It’s a photo sharing site and marketplace in one. You can use it to sell and buy stockphotos, but also just use it as your photo storage. There is a free version and a $9.95 / year Pro version.

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It’s geared towards professional photography and therefore offers 5GB of space but a limited bandwidth. Another limit is that images must be .JPG and have to be wider than 665 pixels. It is nice though that selling your images is very accessible, so it’s great for any semi-professional or starting photographer.

Guess what, there is a coupon code to get the first year of Pro for free. Click here to sign up.

Photobucket

Another well known photo site is Photobucket. The free version is very similar to the free Flickr when you look at the figures. Many people use it for small images such as avatars and images and videos shared on social networks. But it’s also possible to store your photo collection there.

They have just lowered their amount of free storage space however to 500 MB. But that still holds quite a lot of photos. You will not be able to see the original size though like on Flickr. So use this if you’re looking for a no-hassle photo and video site and have a small sized collection.

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Migratr

When you have picked a photo sharing site, you can easily migrate your photos to it using Migratr. This application downloads all of your photos to your computer and then uploads them to a site of your choice. It’s really easy and the best thing is, it also exports all of your metadata such as titles and tags.

You can also just use it as a backup system for your photos. A bummer is that you will not be able to retrieve any photos over the 200 limit of Flickr if you don’t have the Pro membership. It doesn’t support Ovi and Snapixel yet, but you can make a Flickr backup with Migratr and than use bulk upload on your new site. Snapixel does support adding tags and titles to images by IPTC.

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So please give me some advice. Should I transfer my photos to another site? Will I choose the dependability and clearness of Picasa, the complete features of Share.Ovi, the social functions of Zooomr, the marketplace and professional setup of Snapixel or the easiness of Photobucket? Or should I just invest in another year of Flickr Pro membership? Or do you know another even better photo sharing site?

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Paulo Brabo

23hq.com is the best Flickr alternative. Believe me, I tried dozens before finding home.

Ashutosh Mishra

I’d go with Picasa Web from the above list, because the chances of it shutting down or crashing are slim to none. Of course, Picasa has a storage cap of 1GB which might not be enough.

However there’s this other free place – Windows Live Photos, which you can try out. AFAIK, Live Photos can integrate right into Windows Live SkyDrive – so theoretically you’ve got a whopping 25GB space for your photos! I dunno many people using it, but you can expect it to be clean and organized as the other Windows Live offerings. :]

Axel

+1 for Windows Live Photos

I like the fact it supports bulk upload AND download, unlike most photo sharing services. That plus the 25 GB space made me switch from Picasa.

Nick

I have Flickr Pro and I love it. I don’t know if I could change to anything else.

But you have listed some good ones I suppose. I must say 23hq.com Paulo Brabo mentioned looks to be a pretty good one. But I don’t plan on using any other one, at least not for a while. You can use and I use to use DeviantART until they stole my money! I’m never going to trust them again.

So for me, it’s Flickr all the way!!

Picasa is also a great alternative if you don’t want to pay. But I believe you only have limited amount of space. Which could never work for me.

Anyways, Great findings!

Axel

Also, I guess it would be a good idea to use multiple services for your photos. You never know when one closes down…

Will Jennings

http://www.photoswarm.com is another good alternative.

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Why not include http://www.cutcaster.com in your results as well? It offers a free option for people to store, share and sell their images and illustrations and provides their users stats surrounding the images uploaded to the site. Users can upload as many images as they want and can set the price or use a pricing algorithm that helps contributors find the best market price for their images. I think it is a better option possibly than snapixel.

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I agree with axel about using more than one source. I have heard horror stories about people who had all their images stored at digital railroad bf it closed and only had 48 hours to retrieve their images.

Geoff Coupe

+1 for Windows Live Photos. In addition to the points made by other commenters, WLP also preserves all the IPTC/XMP metadata in your images.

Pranav Bhasin

You haven’t covered http://www.lifeblob.com – it allows you to import your flickr photos and there is no limit on the photos you can add. Plus as you add your photos, lifeblob discovers related photos of friends and shows them next to yours.

Do give this one a try!

Rahul

I use facebook to upload the photos I want to share and Picasa to backup my photos. But recently I came across this service called lifeblob.com which integrates my photos from various accounts in one place and what more it is free..

So exploring that at present.

Pranav Bhasin

I’d suggest checking out http://www.lifeblob.com – it allows you to import your flickr photos and there is no limit on the photos you can add. Plus as you add your photos, lifeblob discovers related photos of friends and shows them next to yours.

Tobias Verhoog

Thanks for the tips guys. I have seen 23hq but I had to make a selection for the article. Of course there are many more and I would love to hear about them here in the comments. I will check them out.

I also agree with using multiple sites. That’s why I like Migratr. You can simply export your images and add them to another site.

Shubham

Photobucket is just good…Thanks for the alternatives..I guess we can share photo’s in Windows live album too..! Well anyways I tried Snapixel and its an amazing service..Just as good as Flickr.!