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Discussion in 'World Mobile Photography News' started by Mansi Bhatia, 5 August 2011.

  1. Mansi Bhatia

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    I keep seeing this "migration" to 500px, even though it's in small numbers, people seem to be extolling the site's virtues. But I still haven't found one good reason to forsake my pro account on Flickr and start a new "upgraded" portfolio on 500px. Curious what MobiToggers think...pros and cons of 500px vs. Flickr as a portfolio showcaser?
     
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    Heard this too, Mansi. I think 500px is attracting the semi-pro and high-end crowd with a view to photo sales. Flickr is still way good enough for me, especially with its huge range of specialist groups. I'll be keeping an eye on 500px, though.
     
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    Never heard of it, will have to investigate :)
    It's getting to be a bit of a mare keeping pace with all the sites and apps. Or could just be me slowing down with age :D
     
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    IMHO it started as another "follow Dan" herd mentality (yes, I'm there too). Members at 500px are more critical of pieces than on flick, and the expectation is of a more traditional photog style. Some iphers are doing well there - tabiwallah just hit the first page of their "popular" page with one of his images, and Robert Paul is frequently in the "popular" section.
     
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    Hmmm... so what I'm hearing so far is keep a foot in to feel the temperature, but don't go swimming just yet...
     
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    Or jump in but tread water until you get a feel for the pool. :D
     
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    I've been there a couple of months and haven't felt the need to pony up for the "awesome" (as they call it) package.

    I agree with the hang-and-see 'tude.
     
  8. Mansi Bhatia

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    Cool. Thanks for that advice. I'm in, just not in! :)
     
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    I am on 500px now. Have been for a week or two. I went as fellow photographers said it was good. I had a look at the first 5 or 6 pages of new images on it a few days ago and could only find one image that was not standard derivative stuff. The production values are very high (ie the images are well composed, captured and processed) but more often than not they are the same thing you've seen a million times. I count some of my own stuff as derivative as well so perhaps I shouldn't be so critical ;)

    I do like the fact that you don't get alot of the snapshot, personal shots on there and that it is more pro and amateur stuff. I'll keep using it I think and see how it goes....but I am also finding it hard to keep up with all these sites...

    http://500px.com/Inologist
     
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    My blunt American opinion on 500px. I got it not very impressed. Why would I pay $50 a year for an upgrade ? When I can pay for 2 years on Flickr for a PRO account. First off the UI is not very friendly, I can't even put a profile picture up !!! Some of the PROs are ok nothing to write home about. I'm guessing sone of them went the 500px route because they weren't getting enough attention on Flickr. Plus define PRO high end shooting, I've seen some high end photos come out of people's iPhones than some of the DSLR shots. Just because you have a DSLR, Photoshop/Lightroom, plug-ins fancy lenses & gear, doesn't make you a PRO !!!

    Give it time Inologist the snap shots will show up on 500px, just like Flickr & any other photo sharing site. I've seen high end crap...

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    I'm neither friend nor foe to 500px but they do deserve a correction to Ash's statement, "I can't even put a profile picture up !!!" Ash, travel on over to your profile page, click on settings and have a look-see on the right hand side. Nice big spot for your image. No "awesome"-level account required.

    500px has a unique feature to retard the accumulation of snaps: the "dislike" voting button (found handily enough next to the "like" button). Images that accumulate "dislikes" drop in their score/rating, discouraging the posting of images not to the community's liking.
     
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    I don't know about you, but to me that sounds a bit elitist. Photography is very subjective, so let's say you don't like a photo. And it happens to be the wrong person you dislike, what if him/her & their buddies gang up on you. Then they dislike you out of the system. So again...it sounds like a bunch of bitter people who can't be popular on one site moving onto the next site. Sometimes a simple snap can convey more than what a PRO can shoot.

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    My point is addressing your blanket supposition that it too will become the home of snaps. To set themselves apart from flickr-esque destinations, they appear to have elected to put a system in place with the goal of deterring the posting these images, essentially pursuing a niche market. If you don't find it to your liking, don't make use of it.
     
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    I would argue that Facebook has become the home of the happy snappy, hopefully lifting some of that burden off Flickr. My hope is that 500px will siphon off the high-end, elitist photographers leaving Flickr as a middle ground where those who genuinely enjoy their photography as a hobby or pastime can gather.
     
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    Again...it's sounds elitist !!! I'm going to give you a good example of a an awesome photographer & fellow Instagramer. Check out Mansi photos...are you going to knock her because she not a real photographer ? Never took classes or real training for it, she just learns as she goes & picking up on anything she can get her hands on.

    I've have all the fancy camera gear, took the classes & have the software. Two things I've learn about photography.

    1. If you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say it. I really dislike people who put others down to make themselves feel better. That usually tells me they are threaten or not as great as they thought.

    2. Flickr taught me more on digital than any Photoshop class ever did. Why ? Because real people are actually doing the work, show you how they do the work & the discussions are a great platform.

    It doesn't matter what photo site you go to "snappy happy" will make their way into the sites. The mediocre photographer will always get the big jobs, because the focus on selling themselves. The really great photographer focus on their skills & art.

    500px will turn into a "snappy happy" place, like all the other sites. Why ? Because they want people's money & they will do anything for a buck...that's the reality of it.

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    For me personally, the happiest I've been on any iphoneography web sharing platform (flickr, google+, facebook, instagram etc.) has been in the last couple of weeks on Mobitog. I'm personally not interested in developing a career in iphoneography or art, for me it is about sharing and real interactions with people from around the world (the global community). I'd lie if I said getting my iphoneography selected for things didn't give me a thrill, but sharing experiences and knowledge is much more sustaining. From what I've heard 500px is more for the aspirational photographer/iphoneographer and there is nothing wrong with that. I'm just glad I found the place that suits me. Yay for Mobitog. :thumbs:
     
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    What a wonderful example of how much we iphoneographers love exchanging ideas and are fearless when it comes to examining new avenues. Thanks all for your input, disagreements, amiable agreements, bickering, and insights. Also, thanks Tina for your kind words about my iphoneography. I agree with Aaron that MobiTog by far is the most congenial, helpful community followed closely by Instagram. All of us have the opportunity to become better at this craft--be it for personal entertainment or professional benefit. It's up to us what we do on these platforms and how we translate these online exchanges into real relationships.
     
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    Thank you so much you guys... :inlove:

    You really cannot appreciate how much such encouraging and inspiring comments mean to Matt and me, it makes the whole enterprise worthwhile, and also brings a little lump to my swallowy bit... :oops:

    We are trying very hard to spread the word and help make your community even better than it already is... :)

    Matt and me are committed to continuing so to do, all the while we know we have a thriving, enterprising and self-generating iPhoneography Community with an awesome membership that fulfils our aspirations... :cool:

    We will have ups and downs along the way, we will have disagreements and occasional rants, and just occasionally we may lose a valued contributor who will chuck their toys out of the pram at the slightest excuse, their loss I am afraid and we are determined we will keep growing and getting better for you all, in spite of such minor set backs... :sneaky:

    But... we will not tolerate rude and abusive and other anti-social or non-community enhancing behaviour, as we see it, we will not hesitate to keep it clean and enjoyable, as we know you would all prefer to see it!

    Now, let's go spread the word far and wide and get this party really started... :D

    Oops... soapbox rant over, soz... :zip:
     
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    Just a note to add to Rog's post....

    You mobimembers have been simply superb - you have exceeded our every expectation, supported the community and posted some quite staggering work!

    Thank you from both of us - your kind words, actions and community spirit means a great deal to us.
     
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    Hi all,

    Firstly to echo Aaron and Mansi; MobiTog is the happiest place in iphoneography terms for me, by some margin.

    I have been reading the comments and discussion on perceived elitism and a more egalitarian approach to iphonoegraphy. I guess my take is that there is plenty of room for both. I can see both sides of the argument (a first for me!). While it is great to encourage people to take as many photographs as they can and to share these with us, I can see how those who do wish to make a career out of it, or even take is as a very serious hobby may get a tad fed up of the holiday snaps types photos.
    These separations exist in all art forms, so it's just normal that we see it in iphoneography too.

    Here endeth my essay.
     
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    Totally agree with your comment.
     
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