500px quietly reduced free account uploads from 20 to 7 per week

Dec 11, 2017

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500px quietly reduced free account uploads from 20 to 7 per week

Dec 11, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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If you use the popular photo sharing website 500px, there’s a big change some of you might not have noticed. Free accounts used to be allowed to upload 20 photos per week. As it appears, this number has been reduced to 7 uploads per week, and if you want to upload more, you’ll have to pay.

When you go to the “Fair Storage Policy” section of 500px Terms of Service, you’ll notice that it reads: “Free accounts are limited to a maximum of 7 new photographs/images per week and 2,000 photographs/images in total (approximately 60Gb of storage, and 1Gb of data transfer from profile and portfolios per month).”

As PetaPixel reports, this section was changed about six months ago. According to them, at the end of June, it still read that free users were entitled to 20 uploads per week. At the beginning of July, the terms were changed from 20 to 7 new photos per week.

In addition to the new rules, 500px has also updated the Help page to justify the change:

We’ve heard from our many users the desire to see an even higher level of quality of photos on our platform. At 500px, we constantly strive to showcase the very best photos from our community. We have always encouraged our users to share their very best and to focus on quality over quantity. With that said, we’ve decided to take the extra step of lowering our upload limit for free users from 20 to 7 per week. Based on our analysis, this should impact a small minority of users and benefit the entire community.

This page also reads that the users will be notified with a message of the number of uploads they have left for the week: “You have “X” photos left this week. Upgrade to Awesome, Pro or Pro+ for unlimited uploads!”

I have a free 500px account and I use it once in a blue moon. So, I didn’t even notice the change. After reading the new terms, I uploaded a new photo, and indeed, there’s a message notifying me how many uploads I have left:

Some of the users were unhappy with the change, and have posted about it on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/_OneTap/status/938093252263272450

As far as I’m concerned, I don’t think it’s a problem that 500px reduced the number of uploads in order to focus on quality over quantity. Although, just because someone pays for the Pro membership, it doesn’t mean they’ll upload more good photos. But that’s another story.

What I see as a problem is that they didn’t notify their users. Their own Terms of Service read: “Basically, if these terms change, we will notify you.” So I wonder why they made such a big change without any prior warning.

As I mentioned, I haven’t even noticed this change. What about you? And how are you going to deal with it?

[via PetaPixel]

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15 responses to “500px quietly reduced free account uploads from 20 to 7 per week”

  1. Batman Avatar
    Batman

    So what ? They been some duma$$ place lately…back in the days it was “photographers place”, it took me years to brave up so I can upload an image in there. Now a days they be cell phone pics, snapshots and whatnot … Plus 100000% they regulate the visibility of the free accounts, so they can make you want to upgrade …. ain’t gon happen with me .. nope … sorryz. There are plenty of other good sites, if 500px starts to suck some more, I might leave it …

    1. IAM_THE_KGB Avatar
      IAM_THE_KGB

      You mean “free sites” for you.

  2. Joe De Diego Avatar
    Joe De Diego

    500px free service has always been limited to a point of being nearly useless. I’ve moved on.

    1. Redowan Nafi Avatar
      Redowan Nafi

      Onto what? :)

    2. Chris Stivala Avatar
      Chris Stivala

      Huh? nearly useless? How? If you’re a pro you probably aren’t looking for free solution for hosting or at least understand the biz triangle, you only can offer 2 of these 3, quality, quantity or price. If you’re a hobbyist and have more then 1 picture a day worth sharing, you are too good for a photo sharing site anyway. Imo I belive this is just a matter of their biz model needing to change due to the change in users. Let’s be real, if you want free you don’t want good, I for 1 have enjoyed the advancements made since they launched. If you like them and want them to stay, then pay. You don’t work for free, why should they?

    3. IAM_THE_KGB Avatar
      IAM_THE_KGB

      So you think everything should be free or you won’t use them?
      I think maybe Instagram is for you.

  3. JP Danko Avatar
    JP Danko

    It all make sense now! I use IFTTT to automate my social media posts https://www.diyphotography.net/automate-creative-life-ifttt-actions/ and everything was humming along great until mid-summer when all of a sudden random 500px posts stopped working. I spent hours trying to figure out what was wrong – never did and eventually gave up. Now I know why.

  4. Tj Ó Seamállaigh Avatar
    Tj Ó Seamállaigh

    I think it’s time to get back to Flickr maybe?
    I used to have an account there and in some other “social” photo-sharing websites, but seriously, it’s a waste of time. One should focus more on his or her work with the camera rather than spending extra time just doing connections on various media platforms. I closed my 500px and some others (and for some time, I was thinking of shutting my Instagram as well). Now, my Flickr is my archive kinda thing. It helps me dig through my history so I can look up the images on my external HDs sometimes, or simply sharing an album. One thing about Flickr annoys me though after their re-design (that was when 500px was on the rise), is that their website seems slow and sluggish however your connection speed is.
    I keep asking myself, what’s the use of so much media websites like 500px and others? 500px, as far as I remember, added some options to enable users to sell their artwork. This is good, and I’m not sure about the revenue there. But if one is so serious about selling images, probably should dedicate more attention to the stock websites rather than 500px and such websites.

  5. Chris Stivala Avatar
    Chris Stivala

    I think this really only affects new users and they probably don’t know what once was.

  6. Raymond Jackson Avatar
    Raymond Jackson

    They did it a while ago. I haven’t been there since.

  7. Bruno Paci Avatar
    Bruno Paci

    The aim of 500px is not to be another online gallery to put your private images on. Since the very beginning of this site they always pretend to be a high quality pictures site and then it’s perfectly logical to limit the amount of images in a week… As an amateur you probably don’t create 10 masterpieces in a week. And if you’re a professional you are expected to subscribe to a professional account that is not limited.
    Personnally I totally agree with this policy.

  8. Nath Bala Avatar
    Nath Bala

    Less is better, more quality images less quantity is working for me.

    In more than 5 years I put only 153 photos on my 500px.

  9. Alexandar Scekic Avatar
    Alexandar Scekic

    They use to be one of the best and most prestigious websites for photographers back in the day to the point where you’ve been ashamed to put anything but your best work. Now… they r not burning 1% of that old flame. Ever since one major site redesign they’ve droped drastically. 20 to 7 is just few last trys to stay alive. Giant like that should easily go to quality without needing those extra 13 slots per person. In a way with such a weak statement they revealed themselves to be desparate and out of moves. Dont think they’ll be relevant ever again.

  10. IAM_THE_KGB Avatar
    IAM_THE_KGB

    Just a way to “force” people into having to upgrade to a paid account.
    I follow the logic, but they really need to be upfront about it instead of trying to get away without letting people know.
    Now, I’ve had a paid account for years, they have a great site, but, silence is never a good marketing tool.

  11. Tomas Ramoska Avatar
    Tomas Ramoska

    Good people will be more selective with work they post..