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« on: January 21, 2015, 19:53 »
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What is 500px. They have 50,000,000 pictures, they say, and the ones I saw were really good, maybe not altogether  stock images, but good. They aren't listed here. Can anyone tell me?



« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2015, 20:07 »
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I just dumped them. They can keep my $17.  Upload was impossible and no watermarks on big images.  There are threads in her on 500px. Do a search and you might find more details.

Good luck.


« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2015, 12:37 »
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Hey nitrus,

500px is a photo community for discovering, sharing, selling, and buying amazing photography (full disclosure - I work there). Our community's photos are available for licensing at prime.500px.com. You're right - it's not your typical stock photography marketplace.

The link KnowYourOnions posted is a bit out of date now, a lot has changed over the past year :) We now offer one of the highest royalty rates in the industry - 70% net for every license sold.

Mantis, I'm sorry to hear you had trouble with uploading. If you like, shoot me an email at adri@500px.com and hopefully I can help address some of your concerns.

Already closed my account.

« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2015, 18:46 »
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Hey nitrus,

500px is a photo community for discovering, sharing, selling, and buying amazing photography (full disclosure - I work there). Our community's photos are available for licensing at prime.500px.com. You're right - it's not your typical stock photography marketplace.

The link KnowYourOnions posted is a bit out of date now, a lot has changed over the past year :) We now offer one of the highest royalty rates in the industry - 70% net for every license sold.

Mantis, I'm sorry to hear you had trouble with uploading. If you like, shoot me an email at adri@500px.com and hopefully I can help address some of your concerns.

Already closed my account.

i go in to looksee the site. i was discouraged because their photographers look more the same bunch at flickr, all looking for thumbs up and likes. the commission and big sale potential are nice but
they don't look like they want to sell anythiing for us, just gain traffic like flickr, fb,social media boredom.

« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2015, 22:31 »
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Hey nitrus,

500px is a photo community for discovering, sharing, selling, and buying amazing photography (full disclosure - I work there). Our community's photos are available for licensing at prime.500px.com. You're right - it's not your typical stock photography marketplace.

The link KnowYourOnions posted is a bit out of date now, a lot has changed over the past year :) We now offer one of the highest royalty rates in the industry - 70% net for every license sold.

Mantis, I'm sorry to hear you had trouble with uploading. If you like, shoot me an email at adri@500px.com and hopefully I can help address some of your concerns.

Already closed my account.

i go in to looksee the site. i was discouraged because their photographers look more the same bunch at flickr, all looking for thumbs up and likes. the commission and big sale potential are nice but
they don't look like they want to sell anythiing for us, just gain traffic like flickr, fb,social media boredom.

Agreed. I was hoping cor another outlet to place my images but they just arent for me.

« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2015, 16:19 »
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Reviving this thread to add my first true 500px Prime experience: I just had a $245 sale. That's a personal record. Even on Alamy I've never received more than $150 on a single sale before.

Semmick Photo

« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2015, 17:01 »
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I thought their licence was 250$ so you get 175$?

« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2015, 17:36 »
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I thought their licence was 250$ so you get 175$?

That's been my experience. I've sold three there since summer. Not a lot, but at $175 a pop, it's not so bad. I only have 60 or so images up. The sales potential is there. They have a new $50 web license, but I'm not sure what that does.

« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2015, 20:15 »
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Before I waste a lot of time on this - could someone give me a quick bottom line on 500px?  Is it another exclusive club that accepts a chosen few, or can anyone come in?  Do all photos get exposure or is it another crazy 'curating' game like Crated?  What's the 'catch'?  Every new site has one :-)



ShadySue

« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2015, 20:29 »
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  What's the 'catch'?  Every new site has one :-)
As do all the old ones.

« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2015, 20:44 »
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  What's the 'catch'?  Every new site has one :-)
As do all the old ones.

Yes and I've already wasted way too much time on them.  :-)    Now I'm a lot more skeptical.   

« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2015, 21:07 »
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Before I waste a lot of time on this - could someone give me a quick bottom line on 500px?  Is it another exclusive club that accepts a chosen few, or can anyone come in?  Do all photos get exposure or is it another crazy 'curating' game like Crated?  What's the 'catch'?  Every new site has one :-)

There is some free option but generally you have to pay for the sweets  ;)

« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2015, 21:25 »
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Before I waste a lot of time on this - could someone give me a quick bottom line on 500px?  Is it another exclusive club that accepts a chosen few, or can anyone come in?  Do all photos get exposure or is it another crazy 'curating' game like Crated?  What's the 'catch'?  Every new site has one :-)

There is some free option but generally you have to pay for the sweets  ;)

Oh, so it's Pay To Play.  I think I remember that now.   Oh well.


Semmick Photo

« Reply #15 on: February 16, 2015, 02:12 »
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Same as faa. Made my money back on faa 100 fold. Made my money back on 500px 15 fold in the first year. Great catch

« Reply #16 on: February 16, 2015, 02:49 »
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There is some free option but generally you have to pay for the sweets  ;)

But you don't have to pay to sell images and earn money :) If you need some extra "sweets" than yes, pay some $ for this.
If you have free account you upload up to 19 images weekly. My first sale came around 30-50 images in port.
You can sell some images exclusively for higher money but you chave a choice still.

Now the bad news - they don't give watermark on images that can be easy shared, so you have to do double work: prepare and upload small size with your watermark, and then upload oryginal size to shop so you could sell it. I don't understand their policy in that thing. It's not so complicated to set up system to do this work for us...
« Last Edit: February 16, 2015, 02:57 by Ariene »

« Reply #17 on: February 16, 2015, 03:14 »
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Not sure when this started but they have a deal with Adobe now where you get PSCC subscription along with your premium membership for $13.75 per month. So the 500.px membership is really only costing you 3.75 per month.

Get a sale and it covers your membership for a long time.

Personally, I don't have a CC subscription but am thinking pretty hard about getting one, seems like a good deal.

https://500px.com/upgrade

« Reply #18 on: February 16, 2015, 04:18 »
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My run-down of 500px is simple:

1. I joined them before there was a (true) sales function, because at the time I was looking for an alternative to Flickr, which was more and more looking like Yahoo had finally run it into the ground. I like online photo pages with social interaction features (the "likes" everybody around here hates so much) and I had over the years made very positive experiences with sales through them (people messaging me because of a photo on Flickr and me ending up making a direct sale).

2. It turned out they were different from Flickr in a couple of ways. Mostly, their much sleeker design and inherent focus on quality rather than quantity in your portfolio attracts a very different crowd. Many "fine arts" folk and less of a "gear enthusiast" community like Flickr tends to attract. Not judging here, I am more of a gear enthusiast myself, but I like looking at fine art, so I like both.

3. I never paid a cent to them. I have a free account, and at the moment I don't think I see the need to upgrade. Maybe for their portfolio function, but I shall decide that later.

4. Today, they are a site were I put my most "artsy" photos, the ones I myself like best. I then link to it when I want to show someone what I can do. So they are a portfolio. However, they also have their market, and while this was my first real sale, it is a very nice one.

5. Yes, I ended up *getting* $245. I don't know how, it must have been some license that is not shown among the standard stuff. Contributors get 70% (gasp!), so the sale must have been for $350.
« Last Edit: February 16, 2015, 12:38 by MarcvsTvllivs »

« Reply #19 on: February 16, 2015, 04:42 »
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Maybe this image was exclusive here?

And of course congrats on your sale! ;)

« Reply #20 on: February 16, 2015, 04:54 »
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Maybe this image was exclusive here?

And of course congrats on your sale! ;)

No. I don't have exclusive images on 500px.

Milleflore

  • Australia
« Reply #21 on: February 16, 2015, 05:52 »
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Hey nitrus,

500px is a photo community for discovering, sharing, selling, and buying amazing photography (full disclosure - I work there). Our community's photos are available for licensing at prime.500px.com. You're right - it's not your typical stock photography marketplace.

The link KnowYourOnions posted is a bit out of date now, a lot has changed over the past year :) We now offer one of the highest royalty rates in the industry - 70% net for every license sold.

Mantis, I'm sorry to hear you had trouble with uploading. If you like, shoot me an email at adri@500px.com and hopefully I can help address some of your concerns.


Hi Adriana

Is there a possibility of having watermarks in the future? If it wasn't for this problem, I would join 500px in a flash. As it is now, I just don't have the time to do all this extra work.

Annie

« Reply #22 on: February 16, 2015, 10:28 »
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Hey nitrus,

500px is a photo community for discovering, sharing, selling, and buying amazing photography (full disclosure - I work there). Our community's photos are available for licensing at prime.500px.com. You're right - it's not your typical stock photography marketplace.

The link KnowYourOnions posted is a bit out of date now, a lot has changed over the past year :) We now offer one of the highest royalty rates in the industry - 70% net for every license sold.

Mantis, I'm sorry to hear you had trouble with uploading. If you like, shoot me an email at adri@500px.com and hopefully I can help address some of your concerns.


Hi Adriana

Is there a possibility of having watermarks in the future? If it wasn't for this problem, I would join 500px in a flash. As it is now, I just don't have the time to do all this extra work.

Annie

No watermark?

« Reply #23 on: February 16, 2015, 11:29 »
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Same as faa. Made my money back on faa 100 fold. Made my money back on 500px 15 fold in the first year. Great catch

I sell now and then on FAA so maybe 500px is worth a try.   You're talking about print sales on 500px, right? They're a POD?

Semmick Photo

« Reply #24 on: February 16, 2015, 11:32 »
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They are not POD but licences, IIRC

« Reply #25 on: February 16, 2015, 11:37 »
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I just took a brief look and I'm totally confused.  On at least one photo I saw what appeared to be a print option.  I tried to find a 'contributor' or 'seller' section that laid out the terms and options, but failed after wandering around their too-cute site for a while.  For example, it says you get 70%.  But of what? Do you set your prices or do they?  Do they read IPTC? 

I freely admit I just don't have the patience for this stuff anymore... especially sites that are all over you to "Sign Up" before you can even read their terms.

UPDATE: found a FAQ of sorts, and this statement:

"Please note: We will close the 500px Art market as of late 2015. To continue selling photos on 500px, submit them to 500px Prime. To continue purchasing printed art from 500px, visit 500px Prime, where you can purchase full resolution digital images for printing through an online provider, such as Gallery Direct."

So now I'm even more confused.  No way am I selling anyone a full size image.
« Last Edit: February 16, 2015, 11:51 by stockastic »

« Reply #26 on: February 16, 2015, 12:35 »
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Same as faa. Made my money back on faa 100 fold. Made my money back on 500px 15 fold in the first year. Great catch

I sell now and then on FAA so maybe 500px is worth a try.   You're talking about print sales on 500px, right? They're a POD?

They are not POD but licences, IIRC

For now they sell both POD and licenses. You as a contributor get to choose whether to allow one or the other or both per image.

I just took a brief look and I'm totally confused.  On at least one photo I saw what appeared to be a print option.  I tried to find a 'contributor' or 'seller' section that laid out the terms and options, but failed after wandering around their too-cute site for a while.  For example, it says you get 70%.  But of what? Do you set your prices or do they?  Do they read IPTC? 

I freely admit I just don't have the patience for this stuff anymore... especially sites that are all over you to "Sign Up" before you can even read their terms.

UPDATE: found a FAQ of sorts, and this statement:

"Please note: We will close the 500px Art market as of late 2015. To continue selling photos on 500px, submit them to 500px Prime. To continue purchasing printed art from 500px, visit 500px Prime, where you can purchase full resolution digital images for printing through an online provider, such as Gallery Direct."

So now I'm even more confused.  No way am I selling anyone a full size image.

Your confusion is understandable. Part of this is that 500px and 500px Prime are being kept apart quite thoroughly, with 500px being the photography community and Prime being the marketplace. As a contributor, you contribute by enabling your 500px (i.e. community) photos to be sold on 500px Prime (i.e. the marketplace).

Prime is relatively new and before it existed, there was already an option for selling POD and -- as you describe -- direct downloads for private use. That part, the art market, wasn't separated from 500px and is now closing. In fact, the direct downloads for private use option is already gone.

The licensing model is RF. They take editorial and commercial. As for royalties, they pay out 70% of the gross sale, so *a lot* more than anybody else. The shown prices in Prime are $50 for web/social, $250 for a regular RF, and $750 for "products for resale", i.e. an EL. As I already remarked, math says my recent sale must have been for $350, so there must be other (irregular) options as well.
« Last Edit: February 16, 2015, 13:07 by MarcvsTvllivs »

« Reply #27 on: February 16, 2015, 14:58 »
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For now they sell both POD and licenses. You as a contributor get to choose whether to allow one or the other or both per image.

Not really. Lately my friend registered here to sell her paintings and she can't. She's been told there's no more that option for new comers...

« Reply #28 on: February 16, 2015, 15:14 »
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For now they sell both POD and licenses. You as a contributor get to choose whether to allow one or the other or both per image.

Not really. Lately my friend registered here to sell her paintings and she can't. She's been told there's no more that option for new comers...

Ah. Okay. Well, I never sold anything in their POD anyway. The licensing seems way more interesting, because of the curated approach and the high prices.

« Reply #29 on: February 16, 2015, 16:07 »
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Thanks MarcvsTvllus.   I'm only interested in POD so I guess I'll forget about 500px. 

« Reply #30 on: February 16, 2015, 16:52 »
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Before I waste a lot of time on this - could someone give me a quick bottom line on 500px?  Is it another exclusive club that accepts a chosen few, or can anyone come in?  Do all photos get exposure or is it another crazy 'curating' game like Crated?  What's the 'catch'?  Every new site has one :-)

There is some free option but generally you have to pay for the sweets  ;)

Oh, so it's Pay To Play.  I think I remember that now.   Oh well.

I don't pay. Still get sales. More than on FAA.

« Reply #31 on: February 16, 2015, 18:39 »
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Before I waste a lot of time on this - could someone give me a quick bottom line on 500px?  Is it another exclusive club that accepts a chosen few, or can anyone come in?  Do all photos get exposure or is it another crazy 'curating' game like Crated?  What's the 'catch'?  Every new site has one :-)

There is some free option but generally you have to pay for the sweets  ;)

Oh, so it's Pay To Play.  I think I remember that now.   Oh well.

I don't pay. Still get sales. More than on FAA.

+1, although I have nothing bad to say about FAA either

« Reply #32 on: February 17, 2015, 22:47 »
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Before I waste a lot of time on this - could someone give me a quick bottom line on 500px?  Is it another exclusive club that accepts a chosen few, or can anyone come in?  Do all photos get exposure or is it another crazy 'curating' game like Crated?  What's the 'catch'?  Every new site has one :-)

There is some free option but generally you have to pay for the sweets  ;)

Oh, so it's Pay To Play.  I think I remember that now.   Oh well.

I don't pay. Still get sales. More than on FAA.

+1, although I have nothing bad to say about FAA either

I also made more off those three sales with 60 images online than I have at Veer over 2 years with 1,000 images online.

Uncle Pete

« Reply #33 on: March 03, 2015, 15:12 »
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Where is 500PX on the poll on the right side here? I don't even see them? What's with that?

« Reply #34 on: March 03, 2015, 15:37 »
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Ha! That's a good question as they sell licenses better (more $ income) than many low earners!

Microstock Man

  • microstockman.com

« Reply #35 on: March 03, 2015, 17:12 »
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Are people actually earning enough each month there for it to be on the poll? I would genuinely be interested to know.

I was considering trying it, but no watermarks was a big concern.

« Reply #36 on: March 04, 2015, 03:48 »
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Are people actually earning enough each month there for it to be on the poll? I would genuinely be interested to know.

I am pretty sure people aren't. Just as I am pretty sure people aren't earning enough to justify putting Veer, MostPhotos, Canva, Yay etc. etc. etc. there...

« Reply #37 on: March 04, 2015, 04:08 »
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I have account there but because of size and watermark stoppers i didn't take this seriously.  Didn't upload images which could go there if they provide proper watermarking at least.

« Reply #38 on: March 04, 2015, 05:00 »
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I have account there but because of size and watermark stoppers i didn't take this seriously.  Didn't upload images which could go there if they provide proper watermarking at least.

I have 7.5K images on sale there and I have regular sales. Yes, it's complicated process to upload in 500px, but it worth. Just make all low resolution images watermarked thru photoshop, than upload watermarked in 500px and high resolution in prime.500px.com

« Reply #39 on: March 04, 2015, 05:17 »
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Thank you Deyan.
I created account on Prime. Then to find time for other steps...

« Reply #40 on: March 04, 2015, 05:38 »
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I have 7.5K images on sale there and I have regular sales. Yes, it's complicated process to upload in 500px, but it worth. Just make all low resolution images watermarked thru photoshop, than upload watermarked in 500px and high resolution in prime.500px.com

Are you actually selling "normal" stock images there? Or do you have such a large "fine art" portfolio?

« Reply #41 on: March 04, 2015, 06:22 »
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I have 7.5K images on sale there and I have regular sales. Yes, it's complicated process to upload in 500px, but it worth. Just make all low resolution images watermarked thru photoshop, than upload watermarked in 500px and high resolution in prime.500px.com

Are you actually selling "normal" stock images there? Or do you have such a large "fine art" portfolio?

Did someone damage your Google search?  :P

Deyan, you must admit it's hard to understand why in these days 500px can't offer watermark and resizing and makes us to do it handly, wasting time for something which is normal everywhere? It's annoying to prepare and upload images twice, do you hear that 500px!?!

« Reply #42 on: March 04, 2015, 06:53 »
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I have 7.5K images on sale there and I have regular sales. Yes, it's complicated process to upload in 500px, but it worth. Just make all low resolution images watermarked thru photoshop, than upload watermarked in 500px and high resolution in prime.500px.com

Are you actually selling "normal" stock images there? Or do you have such a large "fine art" portfolio?

Did someone damage your Google search?  :P

Deyan, you must admit it's hard to understand why in these days 500px can't offer watermark and resizing and makes us to do it handly, wasting time for something which is normal everywhere? It's annoying to prepare and upload images twice, do you hear that 500px!?!

My target is not the people who search free images and try to clean the small watermark from Prime in order to use the image. My target is the real clients who pay and use legal images. I'm not worried about stolen usage, just don't care :)


Are you actually selling "normal" stock images there? Or do you have such a large "fine art" portfolio?

No, a big part of my images there are typical microstock(but not white isolated or some kind of simple microstock) and the other part are premium not exclusive macro content.

« Reply #43 on: March 04, 2015, 07:32 »
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Deyan, to clear the case above - my question about search in Google was to amabu, as he asks you what you sell - you're not hiding so whatta problem serach for your name to see what images you offer in gallery, right?

« Reply #44 on: March 04, 2015, 07:54 »
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In google is easy to find my portfolio :)
https://prime.500px.com/deyan_georgiev

« Reply #45 on: March 04, 2015, 08:10 »
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That's what I said... twice...


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Edit
By accident I've found weird thing - my image is on Prime but I didn't add this for sale, I didn't choose "submit for licensing" button in this case, I only uploaded to gallery. Can anyone else check if there's bigger problem or is it only me? I have some RM images in my gallery and wouldn't like to see them RF in 500px shop...  :-\
« Last Edit: March 04, 2015, 09:18 by Ariene »

« Reply #46 on: March 04, 2015, 09:00 »
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I paid the $17 fee and signed up with 500PX last August or thereabouts.

I closed my account a month later primarily because:

I could not upload more than 10-20 images at a time without my meta data not accompanying my images. I had 3,000 images to upload. They kept telling me it was me. Then others started complaining and I don't know if they ever fixed it.

I did not like at all the response to watermarks where it was recommended that I watermark my own and upload them to 500PX then upload another separate batch to Prime. This was getting ridiculous.

I closed my account and gave up my $17, although they did offer a refund. I would consider going back but only if these issues are addressed.

« Reply #47 on: March 04, 2015, 09:30 »
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Hey nitrus,

500px is a photo community for discovering, sharing, selling, and buying amazing photography (full disclosure - I work there). Our community's photos are available for licensing at prime.500px.com. You're right - it's not your typical stock photography marketplace.

The link KnowYourOnions posted is a bit out of date now, a lot has changed over the past year :) We now offer one of the highest royalty rates in the industry - 70% net for every license sold.

Mantis, I'm sorry to hear you had trouble with uploading. If you like, shoot me an email at adri@500px.com and hopefully I can help address some of your concerns.


Hi Adriana

Is there a possibility of having watermarks in the future? If it wasn't for this problem, I would join 500px in a flash. As it is now, I just don't have the time to do all this extra work.

Annie

Hi Annie,

Watermarking is coming to 500px, yes :) It's going to be great. Can't give you an exact timeline just yet, but it'll be this year, and hopefully sooner rather than later.

Adriana

« Reply #48 on: March 07, 2015, 13:40 »
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Hi,

I have a couple of questions/requests.

MarcvsTvllivs - Any chance you would link your port on 500px and/or the photo that sold?

Semmick Photo - Do you sell the same port on FAA and 500px? Do you also sell these same photos on Micros? I remember back in the day selling the same stuff on micros and higher paying markets was a big faux-pas but that seems to have be less so now.

thanks!
Damien

« Reply #49 on: March 08, 2015, 17:01 »
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Hi,

I have a couple of questions/requests.

MarcvsTvllivs - Any chance you would link your port on 500px and/or the photo that sold?

Semmick Photo - Do you sell the same port on FAA and 500px? Do you also sell these same photos on Micros? I remember back in the day selling the same stuff on micros and higher paying markets was a big faux-pas but that seems to have be less so now.

thanks!
Damien

Sorry, I try to maintain plausible deniability when it comes to my identity here. I want to be able to candidly speak my mind and not fear agency retribution (this isn't particular to 500px btw, I am using my real name on all agencies).

To describe it (even though I suppose that would make me identifiable to a 500px insider, but oh well...): it is a photo of a locker-lined hallway. Nothing too special in terms of artistic value, but not "standard" stock either.

« Reply #50 on: March 10, 2015, 05:08 »
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I'm on 500pix and have sold two images when I had about 150 in my portfolio. I want to upload a lot more but I can't seem to find if you can upload directly to prime. I always upload via 500pix and submit then to license to sell. Is it possible to upload directly to 500prime? Does anyone know?


Semmick Photo

« Reply #52 on: March 11, 2015, 10:02 »
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Hey hofhoek,

There's no way to upload directly to Prime right now - for the moment, you upload your images through your 500px account, then enable them in your store and submit them to Prime. If you're running into your 20 uploads per week limit, I'd be happy to upgrade you to a Plus account (unlimited uploads)  :) Just shoot me an email at adri [at] 500px [dot] com with your 500px user name.

Congrats on your sales btw - hopefully you have many more to come!
I had to pay for a plus account. Can i get my money back? I want a freebee too

« Reply #53 on: March 11, 2015, 10:23 »
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Hey hofhoek,

There's no way to upload directly to Prime right now - for the moment, you upload your images through your 500px account, then enable them in your store and submit them to Prime. If you're running into your 20 uploads per week limit, I'd be happy to upgrade you to a Plus account (unlimited uploads)  :) Just shoot me an email at adri [at] 500px [dot] com with your 500px user name.

Congrats on your sales btw - hopefully you have many more to come!
I had to pay for a plus account. Can i get my money back? I want a freebee too

Yea give Semminick my $17 account since i closed mine right away due to inability to upload large batches over 20.

« Reply #54 on: March 12, 2015, 03:31 »
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Thanks, but I already upgraded to a Plus account (and paid for it :P, no freebee here)

« Last Edit: March 12, 2015, 03:33 by hofhoek »


 

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