500px has introduced some changes to its web and mobile platforms. According to the company, it should increase the exposure for photographers, but judging from the comments – the photographers don’t seem to be happy with the redesign.
Remember that a month ago image sharing platform 500px announced that they will shut their marketplace down? A closer look at the announcement by Redditor Ricky_Lee_Hasselhoff reveals that 500px are also killing their Creative Commons licensing option.
If you are unfamiliar with Creative Commons, you can read about it here, but in a nutshell, it’s a licensing scheme that allows others to use your photos without monetary compensation. Here is the nice thing about creative commons: it allows putting restrictions on usage. Things like an obligation to credit the artist or restricting from commercial use. Basically Creative Commons is a licensing platform that encourages sharing.
Getty Images has announced an exclusive distribution partnership with 500px. Starting from late June 2018, 500px Marketplace will quit direct sales and e-commerce. Instead, Getty Images customers will be able to access royalty-free content from 500px, along with over 300 million images already available on Getty.
Years ago I had a Flickr account – I didn’t use it much and it languished in oblivion until at some point Flickr deleted it.
I didn’t really give it a second though – I kind of thought of Flickr as a place newbies post snapshots of flowers and sunsets. All the cool photographers used 500px. Flickr is a dead social media platform anyway right?
However, I recently needed a platform where I could keep track of all my published photography, so I opened a new Flickr account – and hello, I discovered that Flickr is actually an amazing tool for your photography business (if you treat it like a tool, not a social media platform).
Here is why I think you should still post your photos to Flickr…
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.
Search capabilities have come on leaps and bounds over the last few years. As processing power increases, so does the speed at which software can run. This means more complex calculations can be performed in a much shorter amount of time. Which brings us to this. 500px’s new search feature which lets you search simply by scribbling down a quick sketch.
While it doesn’t quite offer the artistic freedom of Photoshop, it actually seems to work really well. If you hadn’t noticed by the image above, I have virtually zero drawing skill. This is why I use a camera. But, it was smart enough to figure out what I was trying to draw. It presented me with a bunch of results that weren’t too far off what I wanted.
Photo sharing site 500px started a Chinese sister site and the service users were not happy. What started as a small snowball has evolved into a full avalanche, with many users taking their profiles off (or at least threatening to do so if action is not taken).
500px tried several steps to remedy this PR nightmare, with the last one being removing the Chinese beta altogether. But it took some time….
Users of the (recently rebranded) photo sharing site 500px, are gathering to protest that Chinese now have access to all of their photos on 500px in seems to be a 500px sister site.
500px user Anne Sorbes came out with an angry post titled “Publication without authorisation” to the community forums stating that she is extremely unhappy with her 500px photos published on Visual China Group‘s (VCG) site:
Here is how 500px describes the service:
As one of the first external Chromecast photography partners, 500px integration will bring our community into 20 million+ Chromecast users’ homes today, giving them the ability to display a curated collection of featured 500px photos on their high-definition TVs, and discover the photographers who took them through the attribution links.
However, there are two sides to this story.
On one hand, HD TVs are essentially just another digital screen (does anyone still actually watch “TV” on a TV?), so extending the 500px collection to TV screens is a powerful extension of the reach of the 500px community – from computer screens, to mobile devices to tablets to TVs.
On the other hand, Google is selling Chromecast hardware for $45 a pop and streaming copyrighted creative content to their users – with no monetary compensation for content creators.
To better explain the arrangement and what it means for photographers and 500px users, DIYPhotography.net presents the following exclusive interview with Nuno Silva the Director of Content and Marketplace at 500px: