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Marissa Mayer apologises for pro photographer blunder

The Yahoo CEO has apologised to Flickr users for her controversial comment that professional photographers no longer exist.

The Yahoo CEO has apologised to Flickr users for her controversial comment that professional photographers no longer exist.

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During the unveil of Flickr's new look earlier this week, Marissa Mayer made the following statement:

There's no such thing as Flickr Pro, because today, with cameras as pervasive as they are, there is no such thing really as professional photographers ... certainly, there is varying levels of skills, but we didn't want to have a Flickr Pro anymore; we wanted everyone to have professional-quality photos, space and sharing.

Mayer's comments earned the chagrin of plenty of Flickr faithfuls, adding to the already vocal discontent around the site's controversial redesign.

She has has since apologised for her comments relating to pro photographers, saying that it was a misstatement taken out of context. Mayer took to Twitter and responded to several users who asked for clarification of the statement.

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The statement was in relation to Flickr's new account option, which gives free users ad-supported access to 1TB of storage. Flickr Doublr costs US$499.99 per year, and provides users with 2TB of storage space for photos and videos.

According to Yahoo's calculations, that's space for around 1.07 million high-resolution photos. Interestingly enough, unlike many of its competitors in the social sharing space who automatically resize images to save space, Flickr maintains the photo in its original resolution. While this feature is important for amateur photographers looking to store their images in the cloud, it's arguably just as useful for professionals.

Mayer's comments also came after revealing that the Flickr Pro account title has been discontinued under the new site changes. Existing users with Flickr Pro accounts are able to retain their membership at the same price, as long as their account was active at the Pro level on 20 May 2013. A list of exclusions and eligibility requirements are on Flickr's help page.

Flickr is currently home to over 8 billion photos, and has 89 million user accounts.

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