Why Flickr? It is not an ideal solution, (and also their pro membership leaves something to be desired). The big drawback is that there is no way I can save my photo’s metadata locally after my membership expires. Good: you can download full size, group photos and make comments and allow user comments. Also, a client application makes the upload process very easy. Also, you can create favorites, save friends, create profiles and transfer your images to your blog. The beta membership fee $41 is not good, but the alternative was either to use zope’s secondrate photo management products or use a php photogallery application or create my own html galleries.
So I have decided to pay $41 for the convenience of not having to install my own photo application on one of my websites. Sounds like a fair deal.