Photo Stories

Vlada Viele is a photographer who is constantly pushing boundaries and exploring different creative concepts. Vlada’s photos are centered around conveying a feeling through unusual elements, light, and color stories. Q: What are the main sources of inspiration you draw from to create your images? A: Instagram, and other photographers who are more experienced than
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In the last year, we’ve seen several fashion trends take over the world of commercial photography—from bold colors and minimalist styling to classic poses and monochrome color palettes. Whether working with a team or on their own, photographers have found fresh and creative ways to make marketable photos on a budget; in the process, they’ve
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The global digital photography market is expected to reach $149.98 billion by 2026, growing from $79.12 in 2017. Cameras are getting better, and editing software is getting smarter. The technology is more accessible than it’s ever been, and interest in the medium—and the profession—is on the rise. According to a 2018 survey by PDN, the
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Keep up with key trends in Licensing with 500px’s Sr. Art Director, Karen Biilmann, as she analyzes common threads and current themes throughout our Contributors’ photography submissions. From washing your hands to the environmental impact of self-isolating, here’s what’s trending in the 500px Licensing Collection. It’s not rocket science — a handwashing movement has taken
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Adobe Lightroom is an all-rounder photo editing and management software that empowers users to organize and manipulate photos in large quantities—without spending all their time stuck behind a desk. For some, it’s best used in conjunction with Photoshop, where they can fine-tune their images with more complex edits, but for many, it’s a creative playground
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The last few years have seen a revolution in design and architecture—from smart home technology and the rise of “tiny houses” to green urban planning and the use of recycled materials. As our living and workspaces have changed, the field of architecture photography—established by legendary artists like Lucien Hervé and Julius Schulman in the 19th
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A few years ago, the social media agency Laundry Service took a look at the growing use of organic, “Instagram-style” photos in advertising. According to their data, unposed, social media-inspired photos performed even better than traditional studio shots in the commercial sphere. Whereas regular advertising photos had a 2.35% click-through rate, that number increased to
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From “portrait mode” to “slofies” (slow-motion selfies), the technological developments of the past few years have taught us that portrait photography is for everyone, whether you have a DSLR or a camera phone. On social media, a quick scroll through trending hashtags like #PostMorePortraits, #Portrait_Perfection, and #AGameofPortraits confirms that the art of portraiture is alive
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Cinematic teal and orange. Muted pastels. Digital photos that look like old film stocks. These trends have dominated the photography world in recent years, as more photographers push the boundaries in post-processing. In 2020, a unique editing style is more than just a way to stand out. It’s also a creative signature, and more photographers
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Happy International Women’s Day! We have so many reasons to celebrate the women around us today, especially here at 500px. All over the world, we see the throughline of strength, creativity, and spirit from women regardless of age, race, or abilities. We are always excited to celebrate our photographers, and we especially recognize the difficulties
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In recent years, several stock photo agencies have listed “mobile photography” among their top trends; many have even created new features to highlight mobile-only images. Other major trends like vertical image orientations and candid, #nofilter photos have their roots in cell phone photography—over time, the mobile-first aesthetic has filtered into the mainstream. Today, more and
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Estevan Trujillo is a photographer from New Mexico who explores the relationships between landscape and portraiture. His photographic style opens a window to an inhospitable region, showing us the warmth of its communities, the beauty of its landscapes, and the connections between its inhabitants. Q: Your first photo was uploaded to 500px in September of
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Keep up with key trends in Licensing with 500px’s Senior Art Director, Karen Biilmann, as she analyzes common threads and current themes throughout our Contributors’ photography submissions. From generating interactive and collaborative experiences through tech to the influence tech has on our daily lives, here’s what’s trending in the 500px Licensing Collection. The year 2020
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Call for Photography! Interested in having your work exhibited in the largest photography festival in the world? 500px is now accepting submissions from photographers to exhibit their work in the 500px “Broken Reality” exhibit as part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival this May. For our third annual CONTACT exhibition, interested photographers can submit their
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500px Ambassador, Dariane Sanche, challenged the 500px community to push their limits and create a fantasy-esque theatrical portrait. Read on to learn about Dariane’s selection process and see the winners of this Quest. The Selection Process “I really enjoyed judging this Quest and discovering awesome photographers from around the world who have so much amazing
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Are you ready for fashion week? While fashion shows used to be a chance for buyers at boutiques and department stores to view clothing crafted by designers on the catwalk, they have now become a star-studded social event. At the most exclusive shows, celebrities and socialites alike vie for a chance to sit in the
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In the last few years, companies ranging from supermarket chains to real estate developers have come under fire after featuring copyrighted material—and other protected properties—in their print ads and television commercials. In today’s climate, brands around the world are increasingly aware of how they use images—and what kinds of photos could potentially pose problems down
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The most romantic day of the year is almost here, and we want you to be ready for it. In a world filled with over-commercialized ideals of love, photographers have the tough job of creating something unique. There are many obvious ways you can pump out Valentine’s day content. You could try using red hearts
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