I’ve been using the Flickr app for iPhone since it was revamped, and occasionally dumping a batch of photos onto my user profile. But until recently, I’ve been waiting to see what comes next with Yahoo’s social photo platform. And as I branch out my own small business out to include professional photography, I wanted to pay close attention.
With its recent update to Flickr, Yahoo went out of its way to completely overhaul Flickr’s design. It’s exactly what I was waiting for. Does it have what it takes to compete with other offerings like 500px? Read on for my thoughts.
Photos are for memories, moments you cannot bear to ever forget. They can also be a way that people express themselves: through composition and careful artistic thought. Sometimes the best photographs are just a mistake. Other times, the photographer happens to be in the right place just when the beautiful fill moon begins to rise behind clouds of rain and storms that are headed elsewhere. Whatever the case is, what’s the point of capturing a scene if no one sees it? That’s why I joined 500px just over a year ago.
There’s not a community like it, nor will you find images equal to that of its contributors. You could call it the Dribbble of photography. In fact, even if the site were rundown, as Flickr now is, the photos would still keep it up at the top. But that’s not the case. In fact, Flickr has some major competition over at 500px. The question is, how much better is it? (more…)
Over the past several years, there was an avalanche of photo sharing and showcasing web apps. Interestingly, though, most of these have been aimed at letting you quickly share simple pictures, rather than being designed around professional photography like Flickr. Facebook usage exploded and it turned into the World’s largest photo sharing site, while services like Instagram and Twitpic picked up where Twitter dropped the ball on photo sharing. Flickr and Photobucket stayed around, but there’s been much less innovation on professional photo sharing.
500px is a great photo community with a rating system, editorial selections, and professional portfolios. With a great selection of beautiful photographs, and the tools to make your work shine, it seems much more like a Flickr competitor than many of the newer sites aimed at quickly sharing photos. But is it awesome enough to take on established players, each with their own breed of loyal followers? Let us go find out.