Flickr

$50 (around £40) per year – 1TB

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Flickr has long been the go-to op­tion for mil­lions of en­thu­si­ast pho­tog­ra­phers, not least be­cause its gal­leries and tools are specif­i­cally de­signed to en­able you to share your im­ages and com­mu­ni­cate with other pho­tog­ra­phers on­line.

Ev­ery­one who reg­is­ters gets 1TB of photo stor­age for free, and if you upgrade to Flickr’s Pro plan (for $5.99 a month, or $50 a year) you still get the 1TB of stor­age, plus an ad-free in­ter­face, Flickr’s handy auto up­loader tool, and 20% off Adobe’s Cre­ative Cloud Pho­tog­ra­phy Plan.

The big down­side, for some at least, is that Flickr doesn’t sup­port RAW files or, for that mat­ter, any other file that isn’t an im­age. How­ever, there are di­rect Light­room and Aper­ture plug-ins to en­able you to upload di­rectly from these pro­grams.

Flickr is re­ally the only stor­age so­lu­tion which is specif­i­cally geared to­wards so­cial networking. How­ever, with the rise of In­sta­gram, Face­book and Twit­ter, and the emer­gence of com­pet­ing cloud sys­tems, Flickr as a plat­form feels a bit dated, both vis­ually, and in term of its work­flow, and its lack of sup­port for RAW files and other me­dia.

Pros Mas­sive photo com­mu­nity and great for get­ting feed­back

Cons Doesn’t sup­port RAW files; feels a bit dated

We say Great for the so­cial side, but not for long-term stor­age

Flickr gives you 1TB for free, but even the Pro ver­sion doesn’t sup­port RAW files

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