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What is Flickr
How does Flickr work?
Image rights and costs

Did you come across the photo service Flickr? We'll explain what you can do with it..

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Flickr is a photo service. If you have a Flickr account, you can upload photos there and share them with other users. You can also view and comment on other users' pictures. In this article, we will explain which options Flickr also offers you and which functions of the service are chargeable.

What is Flickr

The Flickr photo service is owned by the Californian company SmugMug. In order to use the service, you must first register. Then you can access your account via browser or app, upload photos and short videos there and share them with other users. You can also view, rate, recommend or comment on other users' pictures.

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You can register or log in on the Flickr homepage (top right).

The name "Flickr" is an artificial word; in English "to flick through something" means something like "flick through something" - on Flickr you just flick through photos. The Discover function shows you which images are currently popular. If you like someone else's pictures or videos, you can add them as a contact. There are also groups on specific photo topics..

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In the Discover function, Flickr shows images that are currently popular.

How does Flickr work?

When you upload a photo or video to Flickr, it will appear on your Flickr profile. Your pictures will be sorted there by album. When you upload your photos, you associate so-called tags: These are keywords that describe what can be seen in the picture. Flickr divides all photos into categories based on the tags. Matching images are displayed when users search for specific topics. When searching on Flickr, you can also set various filters, such as alignment, colors or certain licenses.

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When you search Flickr for photos, you can filter the results - for example, by orientation or color.

Image rights and costs

You determine which license your photos have when you upload them. There are different possibilities: With "All rights reserved" you keep all rights to your image, for example, with the Creative Commons license you can allow certain uses. For example, that others share or change your photo. Users can also filter the photo search according to these licenses..

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If you are looking for photos on Flickr, you can also filter them by license.

At the beginning of 2019, some changes came into effect on Flickr: Since then, the offer is no longer completely free, there is now a premium version for $ 49.99 per year. If you use the free version of Flickr, you can only save 1000 pictures and videos and you will see advertisements. You can log in or register for the service on the Flickr website .


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