There are currently many options available for an online cloud storage service and several are easy to obtain. Some people just want a service that is focused on backing up their photos for cloud storage. However, 500px Not only focuses on backup, but goes in the direction of sharing photos – for aspiring amateurs as well as professionals. In case you are wondering, this service is pronounced “Five Hundred px”.
500px was launched over a decade ago in 2009. It acts as a photo sharing site where photographers can discover photos and also share them. There are also photo competitions and even photo licensing opportunities. The company is based in Ontario, Canada, has a global presence and has millions of users.
Plans and Pricing
500px offers a choice of tiered plans for users to use its service. We appreciate the free tier at which users can try the service and of course upgrade if their needs change.
The free tier limits uploads to seven per week, limiting this level to lower volume users. Users can still license their work, create a directory listing, create galleries, and share. Support can be accessed, but the paid levels are given a higher priority. Users can still submit quests and join groups.
The low paying tier is referred to as brilliantand adds a number of useful functions. For example, it becomes ad-free and support is now a priority. Users can also create slide shows for galleries, get a profile badge, and access their stats. Perhaps the most valuable benefit is that upload restrictions are removed and users can take advantage of unlimited uploads to keep their portfolio in stock. There is also an offline viewing available on Android. The cost for this tier is $ 4.99 (£ 4) per month with an annual subscription and is currently on sale for $ 3.99 (£ 3) per month, which is a significant discount or higher monthly price of $ 6.49 ( £ 5) with no one year commitment offering membership.
The rise to the higher paid tier is professionalthat contains all of the functions and features of the free and awesome levels. Additional features include the ability to create a portfolio website, add resources to the resource hub, customize your profile, and list a priority directory list. The cost of this top package is $ 7.99 (£ 6) per month with an annual subscription or $ 12.99 (£ 9) per month without a contract. When we first signed in to 500px and created our account, we were given a two-week limited-time trial of the Pro level. This is a great way to test out any upgraded services.
Even at the higher levels, there are no editing options at all in these subscriptions, which is a miss. There is an editing package, however, an additional option known as Luminar 4which costs an additional $ 69 (£ 50) annually.
500px encourages its users to be on the lookout for the perfect photo. Since some photographers do their best job when they get a job, 500px has a “Quests” feature. This way the user can upload an entry organized around a topic. Entries will be judged and the winner will receive not only some serious bragging rights, but also a cash prize, which is currently between $ 150 and $ 500 for the winner. The competitions usually last about a month. Current quests include “Rainy Refresh”, “In Honor of Mothers” and “Earthly Delights”. Users should be aware that the quality of submissions is usually quite high, which gives them the opportunity to hone their skills, but it also means that a quick smartphone snapshot is unlikely to win any of them.
An important aspect of 500px is the ability to upload an image. While the image can be up to 200 megapixels in size, the format is only limited to JPG. If you want to license the image, it must be at least 3 megapixels in size, free from watermarks, logos, or frames, and free from NSFW content.
Uploading the picture was a simple process and there is an option to delete the picture if you change your mind. Users have the choice of whether the picture should be public and available everywhere, including the profile, not listed and available everywhere but the profile, or with restricted access, which means that it is only available to the user (if it is not available for Gallery has been added). The location of the picture is automatically added in the form of an address.
500px also automatically adds keywords with the ability to add more by the user or remove wrong ones. The keywords added were better than expected, although the most obvious, Duck, had to be entered manually. The user must also select a title for the image and a brief description, as well as a category, with the choice being between Abstract, Fine Art and Landscape (we selected animals for our image).
Images can also be labeled NSFW, and there is an option to add a 500-pixel watermark to protect the image. Finally, there is the option of adding the image to a gallery.
Once the picture is uploaded, it is a nice feature to be able to view the statistics for your pictures. This includes information about the picture for the past 7 days, including the number of photo views, likes, and new followers.
500px is a professional photo sharing service that is more than just storing images in the cloud. The pluses include the level selection, the cash prizes quests, and the ease of use. Mistakes include the better features being reserved for the paid tiers, the add-on that is required for basic photo editing, and the significant upload restriction for the free tier. Overall, 500px is worth a look as it is a niche product aimed at professional (and aspiring amateurs) who want to share their pictures.
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