Flickr vs. Picasa: the big difference I see

Some of you have been following on my photography journey for a long time.  Others of you haven't, so to give you a brief update: I have loved photography now for about 10 years.  I *tried* starting a business for a few years when I wasn't quite ready and didn't really know what I was doing.  I eventually quit about 2 years ago after I had my 4th baby.  Over the last year, I have been slowly climbing out of the whole and picking up my camera again, and learning SO MUCH along the way.  Now, I'd like to consider myself a hobbyist who would like to pursue a business again.

It takes a lot of time, thought, and research to start a business and come up with a plan, and that is what I'll be doing over this next year.  In the meantime, I am doing my blog and photo-sharing all for free, since I am not earning any income.  I've noticed that not all free photo sharing sites are the same, and I'll give you my take on it.

I use Blogger as my blog platform.  It's free and easy to use, easily customizable and pretty to look at.  If I upload my images directly to my blog, the images are stored on Google's Picasa.  Picasa is also easy to use and laid out nicely, but one thing I started to notice is that the color of my images were off from what I edited them to be.

My  monitor is calibrated, which I do probably once a quarter.  I calibrate my monitor to make sure that the color I see on my monitor is what I will see when my images are printed.   The photo printers I use send me test images to make sure my image on the screen looks like the printed image.  If the color is off, I calibrate.  My monitor is currently calibrated to use White House Custom Color (a Pro site), but the prints from Mpix.com usually present beautifully.

Therefore, color is super important to me.   When I noticed Picasa messing with my color, I looked at Flickr and determined that their representation of my color is SO much more accurate!  Flickr is free, up to 1 TB of data, which is like 550,000 6.5 megapixel images!!!  Flickr also makes photo sharing super simple; they provide an HTML link to embed my images in my blog posts with a simple copy&paste action.  Here is the image from yesterday's blog plost, which caused me to REALLY notice the difference, even though I've questioned it for a few weeks now.

Flickr:
Day 3

Picasa:

Do you see the difference?  Please tell me if you do!  The Flickr image is very, very close to my original edit.

I have determined that I will not be using Picasa anymore.  Flickr has won me over, even if I have to perform an extra step to embed my images in my blogpost.  When I start a separate photography site (I say "WHEN" not "IF" with the hopes of starting a business again in the near future), I will definitely make sure that my images are displayed correctly!  From this post forward on THIS site, though, my images will be coming from Flickr rather than Picasa.

The End.

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