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The Quality of Photos on 500px is Amazing

The website 500px is a photo sharing site thats picking up a lot of steam, and one thing that amazes me every time I check in is the sheer quality of photos submitted by the members.

500px has fine art photographers directly in their crosshairs. They encourage members to upload only their best work and the mission statement starts off with Being an artist has never been easy… In an interview with Michael Dziera, founder Oleg Gutsol had this to say:

I believe everybody is an artist. Everybody sees the world differently and that vision is unique. Everybody can pick up a camera and take a photo. Our site is for people interested in photography, people who want to share their artistic vision with the world.

Photographers are responding, because the quality of work showing up on the site is impressive. When I look at the fresh and upcoming photo lists, I see many interesting photos on every page.

If youre browsing the web from work, be aware that artistic nudes are common on 500px.

500px only arrived at its current version within the past year. Its been having success overseas as is evidenced by a large number of Russian and Eastern European members. Now it looks like theyre gaining traction in the U.S. with a lot of popular American Flickr members trying it out over the past few weeks.

The site might be called 500px but the photos are big! Thumbnails are 280x280 and shown 3 or 4 across. The detail page for each upload shows the image at 900 pixels on the longest side.

This is a page straight from the SmugMug playbook, and its a good one. Photos have a lot more impact when you see them big, and the uptrend in display sizes and average screen resolutions makes doing so much more feasible than it might have been a few years ago.

This is a page straight from the SmugMug playbook, and its a good one. Photos have a lot more impact when you see them big, and the uptrend in display sizes and average screen resolutions makes doing so much more feasible than it might have been a few years ago.

All the basic features such as photostreams, favorites, and comments are present. Members can add each others as contacts and see recent uploads from everyone in their list. Popular and Editors Choice sections highlight interesting work, and members can create portfolios with custom branding, hooked up to Google Analytics.

As with any site, the details will be need to be fine tuned over time as more people use the site and submit feedback.