500px; a fantastic photography community

Friday 5th December 2014

by Lloyd Sutton

Being an avid photographer I am always on the look out for great ways to get my photos out to the masses. With the increase in popularity of image apps and websites I am constantly asking myself, “where is the best place to upload my photos?” Facebook? Instagram? Flickr? or the one I’ve just fallen in love with 500px.

Launched only 5 years ago (2009), 500px describes itself as a photo community for discovering, sharing, buying and selling inspiring photography powered by creative people worldwide. Where 500px sets itself apart is through its “pulse” feature. The pulse feature sets each photo with a score out of 100 to show how popular your photo is. Using a unique algorithm designed to promote exposure of new photographs; the more views, likes, favourites and comments a photo gets the higher its pulse and the more exposed the image becomes on users photo feed, known as ‘flow’.

This great initiative by 500px increases user engagement and creates a community of talented photographers reviewing each other work. Having only added my first photo 3 days ago I have already received 1207 views, 160 likes, 43 favorites and 9 (positive) comments, something that I couldn’t even dream of with my closed social media sites like Facebook and Instagram. The other benefit is that the feedback is from photography community and not from my best friend; who would ‘like’ a completely overexposed image.

If you’re an avid photographer I would definitely suggest setting yourself up with a free 500px page to show off your collection and see how your images compared to that of the photography community. 

Ohh and while your there why not check out my portfolio

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