My buddy Scott Kelby says that Flickr is where you go for a hug. Don’t get me wrong, everyone needs a good hug now and then but where do you go when you want to take your photos to the next level? The answer is 500px.com, a new photo sharing site that started off as a live journal community where photographers could upload images for review (they had to be 500 pixels in size, hence the name) but has recently grown into something much more.
500px isn’t about sharing your family photos, it’s for your serious, high-quality images. But it’s not just about getting feedback from other photographers. When the site was created, the goal was to create a site that could also offer tools to photographers to showcase their images in a more elegant fashion.
It’s also into the social scene with some good integration to your favorite social network sites. That means that you can have your images “Liked” on Facebook, Tweeted to the Twitterverse, track activity on your images, even create a personal blog right there on the site.
I took the liberty of uploading some recent images from a trip to Death Valley. The process was quick and very easy to do and similar to other photosharing sites.
When I was all done, my photos were ready and waiting for some photographer reviews, and a love love if I was lucky.
After upload, I headed to the portfolio section to build a quick landscape portfolio using one of the free templates.
One of the great things about the portfolios is that they are built in html-5, which means that they display great on an iPhone or iPad. Here’s a link to the little mini-portfolio I created.
If you want to take things to the next level, you can opt for the premium account, which will run you $50 a year. For that, you get unlimited uploads and collections, custom domain names, exclusive portfolio designs, Google analytics, and more.
If you just want to find some great photography or check out whether or not you might want to create an account (it’s free after all) head to 500px.com for all the details.
Also, you can read an interview with one of the co-founders of the site, Oleg Gutsol over at PetaPixel.