500px.com is a new (to me) website and is similar in some respects to Flickr.com but at the moment it has none of the issues that Flickr has. Recently it has been receiving lots of good press and the standard of the majority of the photos is excellent.
There are two levels of membership ‘Free’ and ‘Awesome’. The free membership allows you to upload a maximum of 20 photos in a rolling 7 day period and allows you to have one portfolio of your images. The Awesome membership, which costs $50 per annum, allows unlimited uploading of photos and also a portfolio of images orgainsed by type and much more. Both allow a free blog and a free domain for people to view your images. The site allows ‘Nude Content’ to be uploaded but it is up to the individual user whether they see this content or not.
The site is intended to be a showcase for your best photographs. Most members stick to this, but of course not everyone’s assessment is the same. Rather like the social media websites it allows you to have friends and followers of your photos and it allows comments and voting on any of the photos that you upload.
The Photos section of the site is split in to Popular, Editors Choice, Upcoming, Favourites and Fresh. Popular are those photos that are receiving a lot of votes from members. Editors Choice are photographs selected by the sites owners that they particularly like. Upcoming are photographs that have received a lot of recent votes but haven’t yet made it into Popular. Favourites are the photographs that users have selected to make a favourite of theirs. Finally Fresh is where all the newly uploaded photographs are displayed, needless to say this page on the site changes very frequently.
Even if you don’t want to post any of your own images to the site it is still worth a visit to look at some of the excellent inspiring images.