How to beat the free account limits in Flickr!

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Uploading 100+ pictures / month even with a 10MB bandwidth limit!
A free account in flickr is limited with a 10 MB monthly upload (bandwidth) limit which refers to the amount of bytes you upload to flickr and not the amount of disk space. So any pictures you upload in flickr is already included in your 10MB limit even if you delete the pictures in your flickr account. But after each month, you’ll get a 10MB again.

The way to beat this limit is to resize all your photos to 800pixels in size before uploading it to your flickr account. This should be OK since you would only want to show the pictures via the web and not really print it. Also, a free account assumes that you keep your original sized pictures in your hard disk. I use Picasa 2 to resize a batch of pictures to 800 pix in size. Download Picasa here , then once installed just select the all the pictures you want to resize, click on export and in the image size option: resize to 800 pixels. Here is a proof of concept of uploading 100 pictures with only 84% of the bandwidth used for the month –> Aidanacio.us.

Use the Power of Tags to classify your pictures instead of using sets.
A free account is only limited to 3 photosets, so if you want to survive and have more classification of photos — use Tags. Here is the tags I use to classify my pictures –> Aidanacio.us Tags. Remember that the more pictures that are tagged with a tagname, the bigger font it will be. Also, carefully used your sets that can be used with whatever photos you upload. I would recommend naming your set as follows: “my favorites, all about me, all photos.”

Create an “All Photos” set
Photostream views is limited to the 100 most recent images for a free account. But if you want to view all your pictures at one go, create an “All Photos” see all your pictures.

Don’t use flickr free account to store your original image online.
Storage of smaller (resized) images is the default for a free account. So it is useless to upload a 1-2 Meg picture files since you won’t be able to see it. Might as well resize it already. Of course, there’s an upgrade option for the serious ones (like me) who would want to store my original pictures online as backup and for printing later on. For only $42/year, I can store all my pictures online with unlimited disk space with 1gb of bandwidth/mo!

Enjoy these cool flickr groups/tags
1. Squared Circle with Mosaic of Squared Circle
2. Long Line with Mosaic of Long Line
3. In Numerical Order
4. Stick Figures in Peril
5. Street Art
6. Flapface
7. Self Portrait
8. Sunset
9. B&W
10. Ballistics

Here are more power tips on making the most out of flickr
> Upload Bandwidth Usage
> Create an email address for uploading via phone/email
> Create your own flickr address
> Tips for Flickr Beginners [Life Hacker]
> Digital Photo Tips [Life Hacker]

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