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500px redesigns online photo portfolios

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500px will roll out a variety of new portfolio themes, including a new horizontal theme as shown above, beginning in May.

500px has redesigned its online photo portfolio feature, offering photographers more customization over the look of their site and advanced options for interacting with followers and customers.

The new portfolio UX is expected to roll out by May and will allow for store integration so visitors can purchase photos directly from a portfolio, and blog integration and even full CSS customization.

The changes are part of 500px's ongoing push to stay on top of the online photo sharing game, with Google+ and a slowly resurfacing Flickr offering significant competition. In recent months 500px have pushed out significant app updates to make 500px more mobile and promised the launch of "Infinite Pixels," a cloud-based service that will help you discover which of your images will prove most profitable.

500px has also announced increased storage limits for account holders: free account users will now be able to upload 20 photos per week, while "Plus" and "Awesome" users can now upload files as large as 100Mb per file and have unlimited storage.

Users will see a price increase along with the new offerings: Plus accounts jump slightly to $25 per year (up from $19.95) while Awesome accounts will be priced at $75 per year (up from $49.95). However, you can avoid the increase now by purchasing or renewing your account membership before May 1, 2013.

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Total comments: 42
MPA1

I have toyed with both 500 PX and Flickr but I am afraid the point of either escapes me.

I really don't understand this modern fad for sharing and following. I'm only 45 but it really is beyond me.

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (Apr 22, 2013)

Sharing images isn't a modern fad. Remember when you were a kid visiting grandma and grandpa or uncle Dave and aunt Helen and the first item on the agenda was the slide show or busting out the photo album of their most recent vaction or the family? Now it can be done online so you don't have to wait for a visit or send prints in the mail or files via email. The easiest way for people to see and download/print images is to put them online. Send a link and everyone you want to show your pictures to can see them any time. It just so happens that the same applies to people who want everyone and anyone to see their photography, whether useless random crap or professionals that want to get ttheir name out there.

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vFunct

Yah i don't get it either.. what's the point of a photo if it wasn't meant to be seen?

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pixelized

I joined 500px in Nov 2011. I was impressed with the quality of the work then and found good photographers to follow. What I have not seen mentioned in this forum is one of the main reasons many that I followed left the site - the dislike button. It is abused and manipulated in vindictive fashion. I don't know the original intent for it, but it has ruined the experience for many and taken the quality on the site down.

As has been mentioned, a downside to 500px is that it is a numbers game, a vote for a vote. The copy and paste comments practice has elevated some awful snapshots to insane amounts of votes while great work goes unnoticed. True dialog is rare and that is a shame.

The member fees. I am still on a free account for two reasons. The owners do not listen to members opinions and I don't see real value for the fees. The sales model they created is silly. Does anyone want to sell their file for $3? Do many people want to buy $300 canvas prints?

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ngollan

"Dislike" buttons are hard. Stackexchange did theirs in a way that actually consumes user "score", so if you vote something down you actually pay for it. Same goes for upvotes, but much less so.

If love or hate are unlimited resources, they will always be abused.

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ZAnton

I joined 500px 2 years ago, as it was the whole new level. Many really talented authors uploaded their images there.
I have never seen photos of that level in that concentration ever before.
But now 500px slowly becomes a trash can of crowds. People upload their garbage, family photos, "look I finally got DSLR"-photos etc. It is impossible to dig hundreds and thousands of ugly photos in "upcoming" and "fresh". It is increasingly difficult to find a new author worth seeing.
I think they must limit photo upload to 1 photo a week from all newcomers and 2-3 photos a week for those with impact 10000 and more. And that is it. No one on earth makes masterpieses faster than that.

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Light Pilgrim

just to be clear, I am not advertising anything....I do not know whether you are aware of 1x.com, but I suggest you go and check. Let me know later:-)

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TheChefs

I couldn't agree more, I'm not renewing my membership and I'm going to 1x.com. The photos that get voted up are not that great either, it's all a buddy system. You vote for my photo and I will vote for yours. Just look at how retarded the comments are and it's impossible to have any discussion.

1x.com on the other hand the photos that go up are really good. I don't forget them after clicking on the next photo.

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MarcMedios

Who has time for 2 sites?

More and more I see secondary and tertiary sites die well-deserved deaths. If you don't have a killer app, why would anyone have 2 sites, especially when one is so weak. The 500PX site is very lame, offers nothing new in terms of audience or feedback.

I've narrowed it down to my five:

1. Facebook
2. LinkedIn
3. Instagram (because it is so much fun)
4. Flickr
5. Twitter

In that order.

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Normanccc

if it goes to specific photo storage and management, i will stay away social network

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monkeybrain

2 sites is too much for you yet you list 3 websites for photosharing that you use. Many on 500px and 1x are pros and these sites provide ways for them to increase exposure to an audience that is likely to buy their work. No photographer is going to have their portfolio on Facebook or Instagram.

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Rbrt

Not sure I'd trust Facebook with my intellectual property.

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Normanccc

You can try Phootime. it most focus on photos and user experience rather than social network, and also provides uploading raw files.

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D Sharp

They need to get rid of the pinterest button or at least give users an opt out. Putting the "please steal my images" button on the site was a bad move.

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John De Bord Photography

Why? pinterest is here to say and if you didn't see the Bing announcement here you go http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/bing-adds-pinterest-integration-letting-you-pin-images-directly-from-search-results-updates/ So, your only workaround? Get off the internet and post nothing.

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tkbslc

I thought it was a "please show other people my stuff" button. I guess it depends if you take pictures with the intent to have them viewed.

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ngollan

I'm pretty much returning to Flickr after having used 500px for a short time. 500px appears to be a rather gimmicky site without a real "killer feature" or a pleasant userbase. Most comments I got were essentially cries for attention ("I'm so lonely and I want more people to click my images, I upvoted your so please upvote mine!"), the fixed resolution is very limited by today's standards, metadata is frequently parsed wrong…

Maybe I'm getting too old to see the appeal of those pseudo-social sites, but all in all I'm not really a fan of the experience there.

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powP0Wpow

I totally agree. The problem though is that Flickr has not kept up with it is huge and growing user base. I hate looking at photos on that site, which is exactly why I tired 500px. At least 500px is updating things and trying new ideas.

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biancmb

on Flickr you have all sort of profiles. Many are *very* good photographers. 500px.............. helloooo......anybody there?????

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Kendall Helmstetter Gelner

I agree, I tried it for a bit but for some reason the site just does not grab me. I'm hoping the re-deisgn is more appealing. Until then, I still like Flickr quite a bit although I don't like just browsing Flickr as much. But the Flickr mobile app makes browsing pleasant.

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Light Pilgrim

Just wondering what 500px users think of 1x.com services? Would be interested to see comment and know the experience of people.

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ZealusMedia

Largest groups consists of 189 members? What is this, MySpace?

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Light Pilgrim

Check pictures. Group are discussion groups....It is a completely different idea. I do not even check group because when it comes to photography, the most important thing for me is the PHOTOGRAPH and they are top class, better than anything I have seen:-)

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jorgelume

I think the site was very helpful for me because I increased my motivation to shoot and with that I evolved in many ways. I was able to compare results and also admire some works of fine professional photographers. In 1x.com (he changed now) felt it was very tight and a site where I could never have the same experience.

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Light Pilgrim

jorgelume, what do you mean by your last sentence?

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jorgelume

In 1X.com earlier, my experience was also excellent: the site had a high level of demand and the pictures I saw were of great inspiration. But I would have liked my few photos have been evaluated or criticized, ie, I needed feedback to evolve. I remain still on the site but now I feel it closer, we'll see how it goes ...

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Digitall

The quality of 500px keeps some regularly, which I have observed is an increase of much lower quality images and taken to the extreme with repetitions of themes or subjects, many people dump photos to there, and nothing more. The 500px is becoming increasingly as image bank, than a gallery of authors. I am one of the members who paid the service, but this one expires this month and I'm not thinking about renewing it. Excuse me for going against the tide. This is my experience too.

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CameraLabTester

"Users will see a price increase along with the new offerings:"

That's the whole article right there in that sentence.

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dpfan32

I don't like 500px coz of the very low resolution on the pics shown on the monitor....

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galone

is any better on Flickr ?

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AlexBakerPhotoz

I use and like 500px, I also have a site on Smugmug which I like very much, but 500PX is looking like a more and more competitive. Smugmug is still easier to manage though, at least for now.

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Erin Lodi

Thanks for sharing your experience!

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Benarm

I love 500px. Very professionally designed, clean interface, beautiful look, and most importantly the photo sharing is focused on quality rather than quantity (I'm looking at you, Flickr!).

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ngollan

Have you ever gone through the "fresh" stream? There's little focus on quality really. It's as much a deluge of mediocrity, just as every other place out there.

Sure, the streams get better on the way up (with more votes), and the editorial picks tend to be great, but that's not so much of a site feature.

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monkeybrain

Not sure why this news is on Connect and not the main site. 500px has mobile apps, sure, but they seem to be actively discouraging the uploading of photos from them. This is in keeping with their premise that you should only upload your best work; they are no doubt fearful that allowing mobile uploading would encourage the uploading of snapshots etc. So what's the connection with Connect?

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Erin Lodi

Since the story is relevant to any photography enthusiast, you'll see it's actually on both sites. Connect is, of course, part of Dpreview.

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monkeybrain

Of course I know Connect is part of Dpreview. But why not have the entire story on Dpreview and put the headline with link on Connect? My original point was that 500px is far more tailored to traditional (i.e. not using a mobile phone) photography and the story is therefore more suitable for being featured in its entirety on Dpreview than Connect. Thus I was wondering your rationale behind doing it the way you have.

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Digitall

@monkeybrain, 500px will start with the business of images acquired by mobile devices such as cell phones. The announcement here, is already a step in that direction. Wait a little longer, and you will see.

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h2k

I had the same initial thought as monkeybrain - this news item belongs to the DPR domain, not Connect.DPR. It doesn't matter if 500px hosts mobile photos or not - you can edit mobile photos with Photoshop, still you'd report on Photoshop not on the Connect site.

Then again, it is not the most urgent issue right now.

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redhed17

I was considering getting an Awesome account after Christmas to try out for a year, but some unexpected bills came up. I won't be doing it now, not with a 50% increase. Yes, I could buy it now and beat the rise, but I'd still be stung for the 50% increase if I then renewed. And for what they offer, I don't think a 50% increase is in any way justified. :-(

I've already seen a dilution of the number of great images as it has got more popular, and uploads from mobile phones will tend not to make the quality better overall imho.

Still some nice images to see there. ATM. ;-)

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koorelle

The 50% increase is just too much for me.
Also I agree with redhed17 and many others concerning the quality of uploaded photo's lately.

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Atiqur Sumon

Its really good to hear that finally 500px site has been redesigned with new features. There should be more option of editing the uploaded photos according to me.

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