As I was not willing to give images away for that price, I wasn’t allowed to access canvas sales on 500px. -Without keywords, nobody will find your work. They offer a service called 500px / prime, where you can set up different settings and options for each photograph you may want to license out. These 180+ accounts get a lot more action/views as they are pushed to users unlike the “regular” users on the rest of the site. Yet it is so rare to get any useful feedback. Photographs may disappear from your account immediately, but are still held in place on the server. All 500px membership levels … Is there any danger having my images hosted here? I started an account when I first started out in photography, and the initial response I got was really positive, until I realized most people who liked or Favorited my photos, only did so, so I would either follow, or in exchange like or favorite theirs. Unfortunately that kind of expectation of reciprocity is one I’ve found on a number of different networks, though 500px took it to a new level (V+F!!). I’ve seen quite a few complaints about that recently but that is one reason you’ll see mediocre or seemingly uninteresting photography become really popular. 500px is a site that only photographers go to and photographers are not going to buy other photographers work. Tap Log in. Royalty-free means a buyer pays a larger, one-time fee to use your photo multiple times on multiple types of media. Submitting Your Photos to 500px Prime As you’ve probably heard, 500px has launched a commercial licensing marketplace: 500px Prime offers a simple full­featured license that is competitive in the industry while providing one of the highest royalty rates ­ 70% ­ to our photographers. Now, I don’t think I’ll be using 500px. Many of the best images on 500px are available for royalty-free licensing. I had heard so many great things about 500px that I was minutes away from pulling the trigger until I found this. I would point out that while making money can be a ways off for some people, supporting services and practices (working for free for example) that decrease the likelihood of making money in the future is not a beneficial tactic either. it’s really a terrible business model, with everything. I’d be interested in selling in the near future so will keep Photoshelter in mind, even if there’s more cost involved-if it makes life easier I think it’s the way to go in this instance! I use Photoshelter along with web host Dreamhost (40% off) for this photography site. This is not the case, unfortunately. I was not allowed to delete anything, 200 photos or any of my information. We had a back and forth about exactly what they required, and I gave them a quote of around $400 USD for a Rights Managed License. Should I bail? They had linked my photo from 500px without my knowledge or permission. Exclusivity has many different advantages. Trends are constantly changing, and buyers are always looking for fresh content. Have these things changed since this blog was written? Let's take a look at 500px together. But there is a sameness to so much of the subject matter and look. What the hell is going on? I feel your pain, but in a slightly different way (I never signed up for a paid account there). How to make money with photography is a common question we get within our community. Again, it does depend on what someone wants out of their photo sharing platform though. You'll meet inspirational photographers, and discover how they capture the images that blow your mind every day. Great article. So I guess it depends on what someone is looking for in a platform to share their photography. A paid membership is currently not an option for me, and I would prefer something that doesn’t require a lot of time. Maybe, since it’s so hard to distinguish between price points, the market will stabilise with different stock agencies taking care of different price points and quality levels. I’m not a professional, so managing to get a photo on print is reward enough for me , Move from 500px to Photoshelter. I like to know What are the other websites for Photo Contributors to earn money? As for SEO on PS, things have certainly picked up there for me since moving to a Beam template back in April. I joined 500px to share and explore. I pursue a lot of copyright infringement of my images. That way, they can use it in multiple campaigns without coming back and re-licensing it every single time. -Make your keywords relevant—irrelevant keywords will dilute your image. Along with the privately posted, but not publicly private, photos of their kids in the bath etc. The social media popularity stakes are getting very dull. If you really want to go to the next level I would host your own website with your own domain name. I currently use Photoshelter (which I highly recommend) as the service behind my Image Library where people can view the photos, or buy them directly. We are moving to Africa next year and setting up our own business and we only hope to get people to make a safari photography with us so i ( dalida) guess that social network with our pictures can drive people to our website!! These were usually $2.99 and provided a limited license to use the image for personal digital wallpaper. I’ve dabbled in programming (js,php/mysql), and I decided after my last failed gallery attempt I wasn’t going to spend 6 months to get it right, I’d sign up and give Photoshelter a shot instead. Someone just recommended 500px so I did some research and came across this blog. I may not be the best in the world. This may be close to industry standard rates but I reserve the right to be disappointed by it. On G+ (and Twitter/Facebook) each image I post has a link to where that photo was posted on my Blog or in my Image Library. . Interresting article, thx for sharing. I managed to get a photo in the Lonley Planet’s toilet book as a result of one of their quest. I wish you luck in seeking your refund. I’ve read through some of your comments here where you mention that it’s best to get people to visit one’s own site, but I’m not sure I’m at that level yet. However, I did expect that once I deleted my images from 500px (due to item 7 above) they would no longer be available for hotlinking. Likewise, when you see similarly weak images that have thousands of likes, ya gotta question the value of a like! This belief didn’t follow through with my commercial endeavours though. I realize that it is asking for too much I suppose. As a 500px member, you can sell your photos through their stock photo marketplace. 500px declined half the photos for the generic reason of them thinking it wasn’t commercially viable. 500px may have an offering of stock that is usually good quality – but will buyers head there to look for it? Great write up. These initially look like cute photos showing a glimpse into the daily lives of these birds. I began my photography career believing all I needed was a talent. Thanks for this article. Searching briefly on 500px they do seem to have comparable subjects in their catalogue to the likes of iStock but, at a glance, I think the photos 500px have for sale are better. All rights reserved. In cases like mine, what sites would you recommend? I was not interested in opting into the print store (500px Art) due to the sizes and pricing offered, and 500px wouldn’t communicate where these prints were being produced. I fired Alamy earlier this year due to their pricing and other shenanigans and now just sell through my website only. I started to be active again on 500px .Didn’t been active since 2 years ago i think…Does anyone ever had an income from there? Over the last couple of years, I have been questioning where social media photo sharing will lead us. Well that might depend on what you want to get out of a platform. If they really do, they are vegan. There are many. Personally, I open up new things in tabs all the time, and if a site blocks that I’m likely to simply leave. Since then I have uploaded about 75 high quality images for licensing and used the 500px logo for what I thought would be a little extra security. Like my post here might suggest, I was tired of being continually disappointed with 500px so I stopped uploading in late 2013. So, in the two months, I’ve been putting a few photos on 500px that sell, which grossed me (after the 500px commission) $1,602.50 for photos that I already had (I had a few sales … I think you have helped me make the choice to pull my work from that site, usually when I post a photo I think is well done, it receives such a low score, I get discouraged that I am doing something wrong. 11 Replies 4301 Views May 30, 2017, 06:48 by PaulieWalnuts: 500px keep selling your photos after you remove them from their site. The reason this is an issue for me concerning the 500px platform is that these images have been directly rewarded by staff in the form of editors choice picks and promotion on twitter. Shutterstock. I already feel like I am spread so thin and take so much time on social media already between Facebook, G+, twitter, my website, blog, flickr, etc and wasn’t sure what worth joining 500px would bring. As for danger (beyond the China issue outlined above), any “cloud storage” relies on that service staying afloat. Sell your photos and get paid up to 60% royalties Once your photos are approved for our collection, you can earn up to 60% royalties on your photos that are licensed exclusively through 500px. Your needs may be different than mine though, and I don’t really have experience with other sites so I can’t really recommend anything else. I got neither of these from this website. Some of the newest photos uploaded to 500px. Not long after getting home I unpacked my tablet and checked out a few pages, one of which was my 500 px page. I’ll just say that since I left 500px I don’t miss comments simply consisting of “V+F” or the emails I had saying that they would vote for my images only if I would vote for theirs first. On with the list! Your dog dies, you announce it and the only option you have is like…says it all. Analyze how these images are used and how they are composed. This was not the reason I signed up. There are a few stock agencies I would probably work with (Tandem Stock for one) but I am not yet interested in giving them exclusive rights to sell my work as I prefer to do that via my website as well. Building a whole site (and getting a domain name (I use Namecheap) and web hosting(Dreamhost)) is feasible, but I’ve found managing image galleries with WordPress and other CMS products to be cumbersome. Even so, I received few views to the website. Anyway, i don’t find any insights about, if people do actually sell there. I also intend to write longer and better descriptions for images going forward, as most relevant text on the page can only help the SEO there. With its ‘Market’ section, 500px can also help you sell your photography as prints, thereby providing you with the opportunity to sell your work with very little fuss. I’ll add that it also just did not fit into my marketing plan and I’m so short on time that if I don’t see business value in it, I probably won’t do it. EDIT #2: (December 28, 2015). 500px will sell your photos if it can keep most of the cash. When you submit a photo to 500px for Licensing, make sure you’re submitting a photo that is at least 3000px on the longest side and does not have any watermarks or logos. Hi. Do you have to give up a lot of photo rights for those quests? What I’m very curious about is that some of my photos have a red banner at the top that says “Secure this photo. Not on 500px yet? This is mostly because this kind of thing took place in forums or social media where the audience was also only in the “this is great +1!! I’ve done tests to see what kinds of images capture attention. While on my social media I would share clients wedding photos. The trouble is, to be honest, that there seems to be a pro photographer’s blog about “why I’m no longer using X” about pretty much every stock photo agency. Gain exposure and get paid for your work with 500px Licensing. And recognizing that the real motivation of any site like 500px is to make money, they are broadening their reach to attract more people who, good photographers or not, will pay fees to be seen and appreciated. Some images on 500px, despite not being part of their 500px Prime RF licensing site, show this display below the photographs: Sometimes these request to license boxes appear below an image, sometimes they do not. I’m a programmer by trade now, but it would be nice to earn some money from the photography I do as a hobby. Many thanks for writing such an interesting piece. What does diversity mean to you? It features high-quality photos in a range of different disciplines. Put everything into it for a couple of years and got insanely popular. Or quite likely it might just not fit into the niche of what those voting/faving there are used to. However, their next statement was this: “We are giving you, the photographer, 30% for every one of your images that we license. All of the social media aspects, as well as the scoring has always been a mystery to me. What’s really surprising is they thought a cat picture was more commercially viable than a food picture. so I’d start there. Frankly, the only reason I don’t use it is because the photography there is usually so attractive to me that I’m just too intimidated to place mine alongside!! You can search my blog posts for information or my Image Library for photographs with the search boxes below: Copyright ©2003-2020 Michael Russell Photography. Keeping an eye out on our trend related blog posts and staying on top of different articles that are shared in our Contributor Newsletter is key. The subject of 500px comes up often enough in online conversation I thought it would be beneficial to write down some of the issues I’ve had over the years and communicate why I no longer participate in sharing, voting, or viewing there. I have not opted into the 500px Prime licensing site, and yet sometimes these have appeared below my own images. As for right click blocking, I don’t think it does much (if anything) to prevent image theft. I do quite well on G+, but I’ve also been on there since it was in Beta (4+ years ago) and have quite a few (by my standards anyway) followers already. Also, I didn’t find any of my photos on the Chinese mirror site, nor am I able to sign in there. Still, nothing to write home about! My reason was that the portal could be a valuable backup site to my Aphotofolio site, and second it has a good category setup. What places online do you share your photography and is it a community that celebrates a variety of styles and methods? My focus is portrait shots so I will have many different client galleries. As for the Chinese site – I don’t think they finished transferring all the images before users discovered it earlier this week. #500px has a bunch of aspects I don’t like, and you’ve hit on most of them. I agree on your point about online platforms and that 500px does a great job at displaying photographs. Thanks Naushad! I reread the 500px Terms of Service, and it looks like they have permission to do so! While I find their stance on this distasteful, and one that is puzzling for a site that claims to want to sell licenses, it is not illegal, a cybercrime, or anything like that. It was then that I realized that I had 620+ followers – how could this be? I have seen others with your same complaint about the perplexing acceptance decisions of 500px, however. Thanks. If you haven’t already I’d suggest you also read Sarah Marino’s post on that point which I linked to in #1. I saw one photographer with over a 1000 followers and his photos were really just holiday snaps. You may be able to reverse the charge that way as well. 30% = Dignity? Consider the moments you encounter in your day-to-day. I can not say for sure this was due to the way my image was displayed on 500px, but it illustrated a big potential problem for me with sharing images on their service. Do you think they care about animals? One of the drawbacks of 500px is that subtle work, or that which might take a few seconds to savor and enjoy is often ignored there. My biggest complaint was their promoting one style rather than a diversity of landscape art with no apparent room for anything else that deviated from the ‘norm’. When 500px’s licensing site 500px Prime was launched two statements were made that really angered many photographers. Flickr or 500px: Selling work. A professional website with all the features you need. Do you know of any reliable way to find one’s photos “out there” that are being used and linked without the artist’s permission? Hi Michael I just joined for fun , wondering how this all works , fun so far 1 week in.however I just wanted to know why I cannot upload photos that come from my goggle cloud? How does decreasing the reward for use on the Bing homepage to $0 work as a first step towards exposure to eventually make money? The only reason I’ve stuck with it, despite not using any of their sales aspects, which I really don’t like, and the friggin’ ranking numbers game, which I hate, is that its still a decent quality platform for simply sharing work for the sake of having it seen. And for what! So these are some of the reasons that I no longer supporting the 500px website. That isn’t really much of an answer, but regardless of platform what are you hoping to get out of it? Sarah’s post nicely sums up the issues with voting, goals of popularity, and the resulting conformity better than I did, so you should just go read her post. We are trying to find another platform that is little bit more serious about wildlife photography!! This may very well have been covered by the 500px main site’s Terms of Service but it still left a bad taste in my mouth. Last year I had a potential client ask me a few questions about licensing. Would you say 500px could still do a great job for them? Joined solely for the purpose of seeing good images from photographers around the world and sharing my images. Well, not really. My account with 500px expires next week and with the loss of the actual print orders, there’s just no reason to stay. It's totally free to contribute your photos to 500px Licensing, and you earn 60% of net sales on images you've submitted exclusively for licensing. If you want to create a portfolio besides flickr, join us at 500px.com First of wall i want to tell Michael, you have a great portfolio!love it! Keywording is a theme that usually comes up when advising photographers on how to improve the discoverability of images for buyers. I then compared the 2 lists and located the additional followers. I have not yet done this but it is probably time that I did. Today I wish I could do it all over again and continue enjoying my photography for myself. I wrote this section a few months ago. While I was not interested in selling RF licenses (I only offer my work as Rights Managed) at least the prices weren’t in microstock range. I’ve not authorized any image sales, but have a message on my page to contact us directly for print sales, and we have and continue to sell work from 500px without their intervention. Understandable but obviously dumbing down the offering. I have signed on for two reasons and am curious what your opinion is on my decision. Disappointing. From what I see your images at 500px, although at a lower resolution, are available to download for $250. If you don’t feel like building a website a service like PS (or Smugmug, though I’ve not used them) would be a good place to start. Customers may be demanding low prices and there may be many photographers willing to cater to that market – but I don’t think it’s sustainable at the prices for the broad rights available. The 500px website is both a photography community and a platform from which to sell photos. Our Content Team at 500px is always advising Licensing Contributors to do their research and keep up with advertising trends and what’s selling on Getty Images. It really doesn’t help! The move comes amid big changes for 500px, a site with more than 90 million often high-quality and eye-catching photos. In the end, none of the sites available for us to share are perfect I suppose. Exclusive photos are now at a royalty rate of 60%. My assumption is that if you read the Terms of Service you’ll find something in there allowing them to do this. Hi Michael, would you have any recommendations for people like me who are just starting out? I've managed to sell one photo on the site as well, so the utility for me isn't what it might be for others. If you sell photos through 500px, try to find your photos on Fotolia listed with “500px” as the author— there are currently 18,582 of them. 500px is a photo sharing website, meant to compete with flickr. I understand they are trying to stay in business, but not sure if this the most appropriate and ethic way for supporting the hole industry of photography. I am not sure if Flickr has changed their stance on links to websites in captions etc, but I wish they would. We feature the unique, crazy, and beautiful stories behind the photos you see on 500px. Selling Photos (500PX) Jul 26, 2014 Hello everyone, Not sure if this is the right forum. I removed all of my work at this point. Discover great photographs before anyone else - and help vote the best photos to the top! But is there any hosting website that you recommend? You’ll see in the comments on that blog post that many were not happy with the 30% rate. Well covered, I never was payed subscriber to 500px – the only useful thing this photo sites can do is provide photographers with good backlinks. I’ve had the same issues as Robert Mckinstry (comment above), problems logging-in and uploading to my account. We understand that photographers want to test the waters with a couple of images before they submit more content to Licensing, but this may not be the right approach, as the more images you have on your portfolio, the more chances you have to make a sale. I understand the frustration if it not being a level playing field in terms of exposure. They seem to love their wedding photos online. It’ll be very interesting to see how things settle – at the moment there doesn’t seem to be enough financial incentive to contribute really good photographs to most stock agencies, which probably explains why most of the photographs on them are really quite mediocre. They still have my photos on their server (though not in my account), and they are watermarked with their website. Of those in your list only Alamy comes close to decent pricing (though still too low for me). Alamy offers over 122 million images, videos, and vector art, with prices starting at $19.99 … Nice Post man, seems a lot more people are starting to share my opinion of 500px. Sadly, 500px has become an equal-opportunity display of lower quality work occasionally interrupted by a few great, albeit similar, images. As a result, I have been considerably less active and even deleted many accounts and images with accounts I still hold. But 500 px seems more like a competition between photographers to be on the top of the first page! But I do have a talent. The wait is quite long before payment can be requested. Excellent post, Michael. (Not possible to edit?). Flickr or 500px: Feedback. Just for the sake of sharing 500px was fine for me for a long while too. Is there enough variety to keep them coming back? 500px has amazing images and artists which I still enjoy, but the site just seems overran with falseness. VERY good information hear just not an answer to my question. Thanks for sharing the information Mike. . How much does it cost to sell photos through 500px and your distribution partners? Good posting, I had been thinking about doing more with 500px, but not now, I am very glad I found your posting about China. What happens next? Access Stats, Priority Directory listing and more! This was at a time of crossroads for analogue and digital photography. Prints (New Era) Print on Demand business that 500px used to operate, selling art decor, wall art, etc.. 500px Marketplace. That said, they clearly do make some sales, so success there is at least possible. Started by PaulieWalnuts General Stock Discussion. Put a hyped, Technicolor sunset in and thousands respond — with extra points if the sun was shot with a 500mm lens and is the size of a basketball in the frame! So 500px themselves are doing the “recommending” you mention. Access Stats, Priority Directory listing and more! Photoshelter does have a free trial though so you can test it out before you decide, which may be helpful. My photos all are the explanation I need to gain work locally. I really appreciate your article on 500px. I haven’t figured out why these are not constant, but being there at all is the reason this bothers me. they only have one persons answering to help@500px.com, and that person will mark a ticket as ‘solved’ without even answering, at all. This helps buyers find the photo they are looking for and makes it clear what destination or place is in the photo. When 500px launched their 500px Market option that allowed users to opt into limited canvas sales and digital downloads I was interested. I do think the site wide right click blocking does far more to impede the normal actions of desirable users than it does image thieves. I had left a handful of images in my profile on 500px until today where I deleted them all. The quality of your images is … Then it all went social. I really didn’t want the overhead of maintaining my own site, but that’s the route I’ve decided to take. I am not interested in Squarespace either. Sometimes it can be tempting to have a foothold on every social media/photo sharing platform out there. Unfortunately Norbert I have no idea, I don’t use 500px anymore nor do I use Google cloud. I believe the hotlinking they allow to be the reason they won’t (after 2 years) delete my image files from their servers – they have people still loading them on other sites, or don’t want to close off access to them in that way. I’ll have to find another site to post my snapshots! As for the rest of the 500px service, I don’t know many who continue to use the site, and many started abandoning the place back around 2013 when I left for good and the evidence was ample that photographers were not something 500px seemed to respect. The Terms of Service you agreed to when you signed up no doubt cover this – I’ll bet if you give them a read ou’ll see all the things you’ve agreed to. I am not sure I would consider 500px a stock photography site just yet, at least not in the same vein as agencies such as Alamy, Corbis, Getty etc. Upgrade now. All have their drawbacks. No problems encountered with either after many years. Latest in 500px 500px reveals 2018 breach that exposed user data 02.13.19 View. In the still life below, for example, Iordache Laurentiu has used a shallow depth of field to blur the background, all while keeping the lemon (and ice cream cone) in focus. -Include details about any people in the photo, including age, gender, ethnicity, etc. While I never submitted to 500px for selling anything (even back when they did prints) I also removed my photos from all stock agencies back in 2014. Thank you for the post, I was just wondering about the best site for sharing photos to start as a very beginner in photography. The logic here makes no sense to me anyway. I’m not sure what you mean about the right clicking though – do you mean in terms of theft prevention? However, in many cases, the photographer has taken the babies from the nest, propped them up on a branch and waited for mom or dad to come by and feed them. 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