Flickr vs Deviant Art

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by pdechavez, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. pdechavez macrumors regular

    Dec 26, 2007
    I've been a deviant art user for years now so what I'd like to ask is, how come flickr is waaay more popular with photographs? There's so much limits with Flickr but Deviant Art is free and offers unlimited uploads and people can buy prints, making you money...

    here's my account: and I recently subscribed because I'm a frequent use.
  2. taylorwilsdon macrumors 68000


    Nov 16, 2006
    New York City
    Flickr is much better for managing and sharing photos, and yes, I've used both.
  3. luminosity macrumors 65816


    Jan 10, 2006
    I think DA is almost infinitely better put together. It's also more industrial and linear, which of course I prefer. Flickr is almost byzantine by comparison.
  4. michael.lauden macrumors 68020


    Dec 25, 2008
    flickr will yield more popularity

    while deviantart will make people go... why am i clicking this link
  5. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Hmm, I find flickr's interface to be a lot cleaner.
  6. Kardashian macrumors 68020


    Sep 4, 2005
    Flickr for photos.

    DA for "art" and releases.
  7. pdechavez thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 26, 2007

    Ohh ok, so flickr is used mainly to share pics and vidz?
  8. venusian macrumors member

    Mar 22, 2008
    DA is also a pain if you're uploading a bunch of photos - so many fields!
  9. peskaa macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2008
    London, UK
    I find flickr to be hard to use, annoying to navigate and overall, a bit of a mess.

    dA on the other hand I have a really long history with. Features are good, and the concept is good. Don't agree with the current management style though.
  10. brandoncphoto macrumors newbie

    Apr 14, 2009
  11. G5Unit macrumors 68020


    Apr 3, 2005
    I'm calling the cops
  12. ProwlingTiger macrumors 65816


    Jan 15, 2008
    Brushes, stock photos, renders...etc. I believe.
  13. Narcosynthesis macrumors member

    Dec 21, 2008
    I have used both, and mostly stick to Flickr.

    Flickr seems better to me as a 'sharing' site - you can easily upload a set of images, and can easily share them with friends and through the groups which gives you access to images and discussion on hundreds of topics - groups dedicated to certain cameras, lenses, styles, locations and many more where you can see what other people are doing in certain areas and the chance to discuss the topics with others of interest.

    In those ways Deviantart seems a lot more limited - the upload system is a lot more cumbersome as you have to upload images individually and set the options each time, whereas Flickr gives you the batch controls. The upside for the Deviantart system is that you have more control, and the option for sales and so on, but the sharing aspect isn't really as prevalent.

    Flickr does also ask that you pay for the pro account for full access to the options (without it you are limited to a set amount of albums and it only shows your last 200 uploads) - but it is fairly cheap and even with the cost I felt that Flickr was more appropriate for what I do.
  14. uaecasher macrumors 65816


    Jan 29, 2009
    Stillwater, OK
    hmm this is off-topic, but i like your avatar XD I fooled me
  15. Kardashian macrumors 68020


    Sep 4, 2005
    And wallpapers and themes and mods.
  16. mbopy22 macrumors 6502


    Nov 8, 2005
    I like flickr because thanks to iPhoto, I just need to select the pictures I want to upload, click the flickr botton and DONE... NEXT THING! :D
  17. cenetti macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2008
    DeviantART Rocks, flickr SUCKS.... there I said it..... ;)
  18. Sdashiki macrumors 68040


    Aug 11, 2005
    Behind the lens
    They are NOT comparable at all.

    Just because you CAN upload photos and paintings and whatnots to both, doesnt make them at all the same idea.

    Might as well call Facebook, DeviantArt and Flickr the same thing then. And since its wrong to do so, its just as wrong to choose one over the other.

    Choose the one that does what you want it to.
  19. cenetti macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2008
    Flickr Sucks....DevART Rocks... my opinion... ;)
  20. Borjan macrumors regular

    Sep 28, 2004
    I'm just about to get into photography properly, and was thinking about this recently.

    I think DA might be the way to go, you its more of a community atmosphere right? Great for C&C..... when I'm not asking for it here of course! :rolleyes:

    Still... Flickr is nice and clean... oohh decisions!

    Might just go on which one seems cheaper! :p
  21. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

    Sep 22, 2006
    flickr is like myspace/facebook while DA is more like youtube

    DA is not an "anything goes" site where you put all your vacation and party pictures, its an art site and if you dont have artistic photos to upload then you shouldnt upload them. Infact youll probably get banned for doing that (you will at least get your photos deleted if they arent put in the scraps category, which dont show up in searches).

    Flickr is completely casual and if blogs came in photo form then youd have Flickr.
  22. pdxflint macrumors 68020


    Aug 25, 2006
    Oregon coast
    I signed up for Flickr a while ago, and never really could stay with it on a long-term basis... too cluttered and all about groups and community, which is fine, but not what I needed - I'd be online all day long :p - so I have used Picasaweb for the most part. I'm now seriously looking at alternatives to Picasaweb (including Flickr again,) and have tried, which is completely different, and fairly slow. It's flash based, and looks great and offers a lot of photo editing stuff right there online, but is cumbersome for straight photo storage and sharing.

    My main issue with Picasaweb albums is when linking to a photo, the max size it will allow is 800 pixels, and I'd rather be able to link to larger image sizes, whether by linking to a custom resized pic at full size, or having additional choices above 800px in the html link code.

    Sorry about getting a bit off topic of Flickr vs. DA...
  23. qveda macrumors regular

    Sep 8, 2008
    What about ? maybe a bit 'old school', but has a professional look/feel

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