Flickr has been a platform recommend by photographers for years as they have offered 1TB of free storage to users for over five years, however, this is all set to change after Yahoo sold the service to SmugMug back in April.

Flickr has announced that it will be reducing the free tier to just 1000 photos. The company says free rarely means free and that it will be bringing some improvements to its paid Flickr Pro tier.

Images taken by Mal Durbin

In a statement flicker said “This means, we are no longer offering a free terabyte of storage. Unfortunately, “free” services are seldom actually free for users. Users pay with their data or with their time. We would rather the arrangement be transparent.”

Users currently on the free plan will have until January 8th to download their photos or choose to upgrade to the Pro plan.

“Free members with more than 1,000 photos uploaded to Flickr will have until Tuesday, January 8, 2019, to upgrade to Pro or download photos over the 1,000 limit. After January 8, members over the limit will no longer be able to upload new photos to Flickr.”

Flickr Pro includes unlimited storage of photos and videos and here are the new updates:

• Ad-free browsing

• Advanced stats

• Premier product support

• New 5K photo size

• Increased video playback

• More partner discounts

Flickr Pro is priced at $50/year and the company is offering 30% off for Flickr users who upgrade from a free account before November 30.