I finally bit the $24.95US bullet and upgraded to a Pro account at Flickr.
I’d been doing some back-and-forth on deciding between Flickr and SmugMug, and while I prefer the viewing interface over at SmugMug, the communities I interact with are at Flickr. The cheaper subscription also helped that decision.
I’ve finally started to get my digital photography collection in order, and I felt a bit limited by the resolution limitations imposed by the free Flickr account. And while I haven’t reached the limits of my photostream yet, I have a feeling that’ll change shortly, especially with some nicer weather coming up.
On a related note, it’s ironic that I’ve always lumped digital photo processing in with browsing the web and word processing as things that don’t require much computing power to do (e.g. a $500 Dell would suffice). Now, my desktop (Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz, 4GB RAM, 640GB 7200RPM HD) is being brought to its knees by some HDR merges and generally when working with a bunch of RAW files. I don’t have a great workflow down yet, as I’ve always shot in JPEG in the past (yeah, so shoot me, no pun intended) and done very little to no post-processing. Looks like this will be the summer of some upgrades to the desktop.
For now, it’s bedtime.