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Podcast 295 : An Introduction to 500px

Last week, I started to use the photo sharing web site that everyone's talking about, 500px. Initially it was the incredible quality of work that drew me to the site, but I was unsure as to whether or not to get involved, because I don't make enough time for social...

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Martin Bailey is a nature and wildlife photographer and educator based in Tokyo. He's a pioneering Podcaster and blogger, and an X-Rite Coloratti member.
  • Chris Blank
    Posted at 23:24h, 26 August Reply

    I have been on 500px for about a month now. Still trying to get some momentum rolling. http://500px.com/ohiohiker

  • Walter Lustig
    Posted at 23:25h, 26 August Reply

    Hi Martin, Great that you joined 500px and gave it such a thorough review.

    There was also an interview recently on the TWiP podcast with one of the founders of 500px revealing some of their background info and future plans:

    TWiP #208 – An Interview with 500px.com
    On this special interview edition of TWiP, Frederick Van Johnson talks about the past, present, and future of 500px with Creative Director and Co-Founder Evgeny Tchebotarev.

    I think 500px is incredible although I still feel intimidated by its quality of work but take it the goal and benchmark I am working towards.

    The only thing I miss – but perhaps it’s there and I haven’t discovered it yet – is a feature Flickr has which sends you an e-mail update on new photos submitted by your contacts.

    Thanks Martin for the review.

  • Brian Scott
    Posted at 23:53h, 26 August Reply

    I too discovered 500px about a month ago and have been spreading the word. For me the most powerful thing is that the quality of work on there does make you think twice about what you load up there. I have already deleted some pics that I thougt were marginal and guess what the, 500px community agreed and the rating stayed low.

    Here’s hoping the quality stays high and it doesn’t turn into a next generation flickr



  • Stuart Coates
    Posted at 11:44h, 27 August Reply

    Just finished the podcast on 500px. Thanks, I’m glad I could have someone explain it all to me in such a cohesive manner. I started my adventures in photo sharing with my own website, but I felt like it wasn’t going to be seen by many without a whole lot of self promotion which is not a strong point of mine. I got a 500px account because of the quality. Everything from the photos being uploaded to the overall look and feel of the site itself. The photography that’s uploaded is amazing and inspirational. I can only hope that it stays that way.

    In conclusion, it’s a great place to give feedback, receive feedback and to push one’s photography skills to a higher standard.

    Stuart Coates

    ps: I love feedback. http://500px.com/StuartCoates

  • carl parow
    Posted at 11:32h, 30 August Reply


    Thank you for alerting me to 500px with your informative podcast. I have been looking for a good site to display my photography for a few years now, but to no avail. 500px seems to be ideal. I have just opened a free account and will soon move to a paid one to get access to multiple portfolios.

    If anyone would like to see my efforts so far, please visit:



    Carl Parow.

  • Armand Dijcks
    Posted at 03:39h, 31 August Reply

    I’ve been giving 500px a try over the past few months and have to say I quite like it. It feels more like an actual community of like-minded people, similar to what Vimeo does for filmmakers. I’ve gotten some nice feedback on my photos so far, something that rarely happens on Flickr.


  • Edwin van Nuil
    Posted at 15:06h, 31 August Reply

    Another great podcast. I’ve been on 500px for a few months now and get a lot of inspiration there because of the high quality of the photos there. But still get more feedback on Flickr so I mostly post there.


  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 17:35h, 31 August Reply

    Sorry I’m late replying here. For some reason I’m no longer getting email when a comment is posted. I need to look into that.


    Chris, yes, I’d found you over there. Great work! Thanks for posting a link.

    Walter, I just caught up with that episode of TWIP. Interesting listen.

    I’ve not seen a way to get 500px to mail when friends post. Would be nice though, I agree.

    Brian, it does make you think. It should always be a goal to edit your work down, but with other sites, you can let your standards slip depending on how you use the site. Not on 500px! 🙂

    Stuart, I see now that we had also already caught up on 500px. You also have some great work up there. Let’s stay in touch, and thanks for the link!

    Carl, more great work there! I love that Emu portrait! It’s probably the best I’ve seen. Excellent! Thanks for the link!

    Armand, your work is spectacular! The lady surfer is a classic! Thanks for sharing your link.

    Erwin, thanks for your link too. That shot of the park in the morning light and the swan shot, with the signets are wonderful, as it the rest of your work.

    Folks, it was great to see your work up on 500px. I’ve friended you all and will continue to follow your work. Thanks!

  • Lorne Bergstrom
    Posted at 08:57h, 01 September Reply

    Browsing 500px is a visual feast. I find the work on display truly inspiring.


  • Morton Goldberg
    Posted at 12:45h, 01 September Reply

    Martin, totally surprised — almost shocked — not to see a flowerscape section in your 500px portfolio. Why not? Moving away from flowerscapes? Or have you just not got around to adding a flowerscape section.

  • Dieter Henkel
    Posted at 06:13h, 03 September Reply

    Your podcast finally succeeded in pushing me to 500px. I have been contemplating joining it for some time but now I took the plunge.

    Keeping up to the quality of the work presented there will be challenging. The interface is indeed very nice and neat.


  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 10:58h, 20 September Reply

    Hi Morton,

    It was just a time thing. I actually selected a batch for upload last week, but the uploader at 500px was really slow, and failing all the time, so I put it off for a while. Having just read your comment, I figured it was time to revisit the venture.

    My Flowerscapes selection is now here: http://www.martinbaileyportfolios.com/flowerscapes

  • Lori
    Posted at 00:55h, 28 September Reply

    Very helpful post. I just now joined 500px and was looking for info/advice on how best to use it before I upload shots and have to rearrange things because there was a better way than my first attempt.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 17:03h, 28 September Reply

      Thanks Lori! I’m pleased this helped.

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