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500px Blog » 9 things every food photographer should know – Photography Article

“Food is good,” Food & Wine contributor Andrew Zimmern recently said. “Food with a story is better. Food with a story you’ve never heard of is best of all, and food with a story you’ve never heard of but that you can relate to is the holy grail.” For well over a century, these “food stories” have been told in photographs, from the technicolor spreads featured in McCall’s in the mid-1930s to the lush pages of Gourmet in the 1980s.…

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500px Blog » ‘Life After Likes’: Event Recap – Photography Article

At 500px we’re firm believers that photography is something you should do because you love it and that your success shouldn’t be measured by likes, comments, and algorithms. This vision inspired us to create ‘Life After Likes’. A panel series aimed at discussing how social media has changed today’s photography landscape. Life After Likes: Falling back in love with photography focused on stories, challenges, and inspiration to encourage photographers not to lose sight of what drives them, and focus on…

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500px Blog » 10 tips for working with models – Photography Article

500px Ambassador Julia Wimmerlin has lived and worked all over the world: Ukraine, France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the Philippines, Spain, Japan, and currently, Hong Kong. Along the way, she’s collaborated with countless models and created stunning portraits of people who inspire her. We asked Julia to share some of the wisdom she’s gathered over the years when it comes to approaching and photographing models. She let us in on some of the secrets behind contacting talent, getting the most…

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500px Blog » This week in Editors’ Choice: Architectural drama, candid shots from a distance, and natural hair – Photography Article

Each week, members of the 500px team curate eye-catching photography from our talented and diverse community in Editors’ Choice. This week’s curation highlights dramatic curves in architecture, candid shots from a distance, and natural hair. Check out this week’s roundup of some of the most intriguing photography on 500px, handpicked by our Editors. Check out which photos are catching our Editors’ eyes today in Editors’ Choice! Not on 500px yet? Sign up here to explore more impactful photography. Related ……

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500px Blog » Licensing Contributor Jelle Canipel talks landscape photography and exhibiting his work alongside Michiel Pieters and Joris Put – Photography Article

Licensing Contributor Jelle Canipel is a Belgian landscape and adventure photographer who connected with two other 500px Photographers—Michiel Pieters and Joris Put—to create an exhibition that combined elements of their heritage and photography, culminating in an interactive experience for their local community. Q: You have been on the platform for a number of years now, when did you first begin uploading your images and what inspired you to submit your first image to Licensing? A: In the beginning, as a…

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500px Blog » Ambassador Spotlight: Meet Andrew, Chun, Dina, Garrett, and Anthony – Photography Article

For part three of our Ambassador Spotlight series, we are getting to know Andrew Curry, Chun Chau, Dina Belenko, Garrett Roth and Anthony Rayburn. Why did you become a photographer?:“It allows me to express myself creatively like nothing else can.” How has photography changed your life?:“Photography has brought not only so many amazing experiences into my life, but also introduced me to so many exceptional people.” Why do you use 500px?“500px has a robust and supportive community of fellow photographers…

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500px Blog » The world needs more photos that challenge stereotypes – Photography Article

Want to know what kinds of photos sell? ‘Real’ ones. In the last year alone, Getty Images has noticed a spike in interest for pictures that defy tired clichés we’re used to seeing in advertising. Searches for “women leaders,” “real people,” “strong women,” and “diverse women” have more than doubled, with increases of 202%, 192%, 187%, and 168%, respectively. “Brands are finally being called out for their use of classic, overused tropes,” Paul Friesen, Director of Content at 500px, tells…

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500px Blog » This week in Editors’ Choice: Shadows, dramatic drone shots, and water in action – Photography Article

Each week, members of the 500px team curate eye-catching photography from our talented and diverse community in Editors’ Choice. This week’s curation highlights models in the shadow, dramatic drone shots, and water in action. Check out this week’s roundup of some of the most intriguing photography on 500px, handpicked by our Editors. Check out which photos are catching our Editors’ eyes today in Editors’ Choice! Not on 500px yet? Sign up here to explore more impactful photography. <h3… This is…

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500px Blog » Here’s why you need to tag your location in every photo you submit for Licensing – Photography Article

Licensing your photos is a great way to monetize your work—if you license through 500px, your photos will be available through Getty Images and VCG (Visual China Group). Once they’re uploaded, they have the potential to reach more than a million customers around the world, all of whom are looking for images for their next project. We usually associate the word “exposure” with followers, likes, and comments, but for Licensing Contributors, exposure comes down to hard dollars and cents. Companies…

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500px Blog » What’s trending in Licensing: Diversity and inclusion – Photography Article

Keep up with key trends in Licensing with 500px’s Art Director, Karen Biilmann, as she analyzes common threads and current themes throughout our Contributors’ photography submissions. From authentic family moments to intimate snapshots of couples, here’s what’s trending in the 500px Licensing Collection. Stock imagery is notorious for outdated, overplayed, and stiff representation of the nuclear family as defined in the earlier half of the 20th century. We see this on book covers, articles, ads, and billboards. As we modernize,…

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500px Blog » 12 business tips for commercial photographers – Photography Article

You might have the creative part down, but in order to launch and maintain a successful career as a commercial photographer, it’s just as important to focus on the business side of your workflow. It might not be as fun or glamorous as the actual shooting, but it’s what will keep you going in the long-term. A common misconception about photographers is that they spend most of their time behind a camera. But depending on their field, many devote a…

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500px Blog » 12 tips to help you start and grow your photography business – Photography Article

You might have the creative part down, but in order to launch and maintain a successful career as a professional photographer, it’s just as important to focus on the business side of your workflow. It might not be as fun or glamorous as the actual shooting, but it’s what will keep you going in the long-term. A common misconception about photographers is that they spend most of their time behind a camera. But depending on their field, many devote a…

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500px Blog » Ambassador Spotlight: Meet Hayden, Laura, Kalle, Julia, and Sam – Photography Article

For part two of our Ambassador Spotlight series, we’ll learn more about photographers Hayden Stinebaugh, Laura Ferreira, Kalle Lundholm, Julia Wimmerlin and, Sam Brockway and find out how photography has shaped their lives. Why did you become a photographer?:“I became a photographer because it’s truly something that I am passionate about. It changed the way I look at the world around me.” How has photography changed your life?:“Photography became my full-time job, it allowed me to buy a home, it’s…

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500px Blog » Why you should consider submitting your photos exclusively to 500px – Photography Article

Every month, thousands of photographers from all over the world sign up to license their photos through 500px. As Licensing Contributors, they can monetize their work and diversify their income by making their photos available to customers around the globe. 500px works with Getty Images and VCG (Visual China Group), two of the leading licensing platforms in the world, to provide stunning images for innovative, creative campaigns. Buyers pay to use the images, but the photographer always maintains the copyright…

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500px Blog » This week in Editors’ Choice: Warm tones, models dropping their gazes, and candid street photography – Photography Article

Each week, members of the 500px team curate eye-catching photography from our talented and diverse community in Editors’ Choice. This week’s curation highlights warm tones, models dropping their gazes, and candid street photography. Check out this week’s roundup of some of the most intriguing photography on 500px, handpicked by our Editors. Check out which photos are catching our Editors’ eyes today in Editors’ Choice! Not on 500px yet? Sign up here to… This is only a snippet of a Photography…

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500px Blog » Breaking the mold with Brandon Simmoneau – Photography Article

Exclusive Licensing Contributor Brandon Simmoneau, a hearing-impaired photographer based in Ozark, Missouri, uses photography as a creative outlet and a form of expression. His work provides a visual representation of masculinity and masculine identity, breaking the metaphorical line between masculinity and femininity. Brandon is currently judging a Quest on 500px. Submit to his Quest here. Q. Tell us a little bit about yourself. A. My intention is to share what I see in the world, the natural beauty of all…

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500px Blog » The best thing you can do for your Licensing portfolio? Submit more images. – Photography Article

500px is home to a community of more than 15 million photographers from around the world, and many of them are making the most of it by submitting their images for Licensing. 500px works with two leading stock media providers—Getty Images and VCG (Visual China Group) to get your work in front of image-buyers from around the globe. If your photos sell, you’ll earn up to 60%* of the net purchase. 500px currently has four million images available for Licensing,…

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500px Blog » Upcoming Webinar + Event! Life After Likes: Falling back in love with photography – Photography Article

Do you remember the first time you took a photo you were proud of? The excitement you felt to share that photo? A time when photography was something you did because you loved it, and your success wasn’t measured in likes, comments, and algorithms? We do. And we want to share our stories, challenges, and some inspiration to encourage photographers not to lose sight of what drives them, and focus on the reason they fell in love with photography in…

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500px Blog » This week in Editors’ Choice: Black and white photography, intimate moments, blue backgrounds – Photography Article

Each week, members of the 500px team curate eye-catching photography from our talented and diverse community in Editors’ Choice. This week’s curation highlights striking black and white photography, intimacy, and blue backgrounds subjects. Check out this week’s roundup of some of the most intriguing photography on 500px, handpicked by our Editors. Check out which photos are catching our Editors’ eyes today in Editors’ Choice! Not on 500px yet? Sign up here to explore more impactful photography. Related … This is…

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500px Blog » Ambassador Spotlight: Meet Ueli, Jovana, Anthony, Amanda and Ilya – Photography Article

Last week, we introduced you to the 500px Ambassadors. A group of 20 talented photographers who are eager and excited to share their knowledge and skills with the 500px community. In this first of four articles in our Ambassador Spotlight series, we’ll take a closer look at who our Ambassadors are and how photography has changed their lives. This week we’re featuring: Ueli Frischknecht, Jovana Rikalo, Anthony Sotomayor, Amanda Carlson and Ilya Blinov. Why did you become a photographer?:“I love…

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500px Blog » 8 easy ways to make your photos more marketable – Photography Article

The difference between a “good” photo and a “bad” photo is subjective, but a “marketable” image is easier to define. The market for stock images is growing rapidly, but while trends come and go, there are a few key ingredients that always make a photo stand out. For starters, all best-selling photos tell a story. They convey a clear and simple message, and they can be used for multiple purposes. Luckily, just a few simple changes can elevate a “good”…

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500px Blog » 15 tips for beautiful candid portraits that stand out – Photography Article

12 women, all wearing hats, hair blowing in the wind. 12 explorers venturing into the depths of an ice cave. 12 hands, each holding a maple leaf. These are just three of the collages you’ll find on Insta Repeat, an Instagram account run by an anonymous filmmaker. The premise is simple: the @insta_repeat feed includes screenshots of photos pulled from a huge variety of accounts. Once they’re organized in a grid, they serve to highlight the, sometimes, crushing homogeneity of…

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500px Blog » What 4 viral photos can teach us about creating marketable images – Photography Article

“There are no rules for good photographs,” the American landscape photographer Ansel Adams reportedly said. “There are only good photographs.” When it comes to creating a photo that resonates with people, there is no easy formula, but perhaps we can find some clues by analyzing the right images. We spoke with a handful of 500px Licensing Contributors about some of their most successful pictures to see if we could unlock the secret to making a viral photo. These photographers come…

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500px Blog » Breaking the Mold: Winners Announcement – Photography Article

Throughout the month of June, we saw a number of global companies create campaigns that celebrated and recognized that gender, love, self-expression, and identity know no bounds, uniting a community and creating inclusive spaces for a diverse group of people around the world. Companies such as Levi’s, who has a long-standing history of supporting the LGBTQ+ community, donated 100% of their proceeds from their 2019 PRIDE collection ‘Proud. Together.’ to OutRight Action International, encouraging self-love and self-expression. They have also…

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500px Blog » This week in Editors’ Choice: Bold colors, action shots, and one-eyed subjects – Photography Article

Each week, members of the 500px team curate eye-catching photography from our talented and diverse community in Editors’ Choice. This week’s curation highlights bold colors, action shots, and one-eyed subjects. Check out this week’s roundup of some of the most intriguing photography on 500px, handpicked by our Editors. Check out this week’s roundup of some of the most intriguing photography on 500px, handpicked by our Editors. Check out which photos are catching our Editors’… This is only a snippet of…

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500px Blog » How to produce your own creative shoot, plus, stellar photo shoot ideas – Photography Article

Bettina Bogar is a Toronto-based photographer and creative director from Europe. She began her career in Budapest, before moving to Canada to further her creative goals. She specializes in commercial photography and has shot for brands like Lululemon, Airbnb, and Tim Hortons. In this post, in collaboration with the 500px Blog, she shares her insights into producing your own photo shoot. Whether you’re just starting out or years into your career, creating new, original photos should always be a top…

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500px Blog » Meet the 500px Ambassadors – Photography Article

With a global community of over 15 million photographers, it’s safe to say there is never a shortage of talent at 500px When it comes to choosing our Ambassadors, we look for community members who have a strong passion for photography and are constantly pushing past their creative boundaries. They are creators who are driven, eager, and excited to share their knowledge and skills with the 500px community. So without further ado, meet your Ambassadors! Favorite gear: Canon 6D and…

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500px Blog » 10 mistakes to avoid when Licensing your images – Photography Article

To understand what makes an image marketable, we first need to know what doesn’t. That’s why we asked Dave Fitzsimmons, Asset and QA Supervisor at 500px, and Aedin Guyot, Search & Metadata Specialist, to tell us about some of the most common mistakes Licensing Contributors make when uploading their images. From technical mishaps to keywording faux pas, let’s take a look at ten of the top reasons a photo could be rejected—and how to solve them. Technically imperfect images Pay…

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500px Blog » Contributor Sergey Vinogradov on capturing a subject’s “inner world” – Photography Article

Exclusive Licensing Contributor Sergey Vinogradov is a Russian fashion and portraiture photographer who gravitates toward capturing the emotional man, humanizing him, and creating a narrative where masculinity and emotion can be synonymous. Browse his Licensing collection here. Q. Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started in photography? A. My name is Sergey Vinogradov and I live in the city of St. Petersburg, Russia. I find that it is always difficult to [talk] about myself, more…

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