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Seven tips for shooting great landscapes for Licensing

Last year, researchers at the University of Vermont found that, during the pandemic, people reported significant increases in outdoor activities, including watching wildlife, gardening, relaxing, and walking. 54% of survey respondents reported taking photos or creating other art in nature, and 29% said they spent more time outdoors to appreciate nature’s...

How to create ethereal photos on misty mornings

Photographers have been chasing fog for generations. In 1904, for instance, Edward Steichen captured the Flatiron building in New York City, veiled in mist. As he discovered all those years ago, fog turns ordinary streets into scenes from a dream, softening the hard edges of real life and transforming them into something hazy and unfamiliar. At the...

Take Photos with Pride

This Pride month and year-round, 500px celebrates a vibrant community of people. At 500px we believe everyone deserves respect, and equality is part of our mission. Many people consider Pride a celebration, welcoming anyone and everyone regardless of politics or employment. For others, pride is a movement and a protest against the structures that have...

Eight tips for improving your street photography at night

It’s been almost a century since the photographer Gyula Halász, known as Brassaï, arrived in Paris, where he would spend years documenting local nightlife. Drawn to the mysteries of life after dark, he wandered the streets and clubs, encountering prominent socialites, overlooked outcasts, and his friends, including the likes of Pablo Picasso and Salvador...

500px Spotlight with Priscilla Ong

At 500px amazing photography is at our core, but these photos would not be possible without the talented people behind the lens. The 500px Spotlight series highlights the global and diverse photographers that are part of the 500px Community. This week we are excited to introduce you to conceptual still life photographer Priscilla Ong who captures things...

Capturing the side-hustle in commercial photography

A recent survey from Zapier and The Harris Poll found that 34% of Americans have a side-hustle, with 30% having started one in 2020 and 24% (61.1 million people!) planning to start one in 2021. The top reasons for people starting a side-hustle included the prospect of earning passive income (46%), doing something they enjoy (38%), and creating income...

Life’s a beach: 17 photos that capture the spirit of summer

This spring, research from Tripadvisor revealed that more than two-thirds of Americans plan to travel for summer vacation, with beach getaways topping this year’s wish lists and resorts in sunny Florida and Mexico in high demand. Beach vacations have always been a favorite subject for photographers ranging from Martin Parr to Richard Misrach to Massimo...

Changing the visual of physical wellness in commercial photography

This spring, to coincide with Women’s History Month, sportswear giant Adidas launched the Watch Us Move campaign, a celebration of women in fitness. The all-star cast featured athletes and trainers across sports—“from deadlifting to dance”—representing different shapes, sizes, and walks of life. Meanwhile, as part of their Move With Us series, Adidas...

Product photography 101: Seven tips for getting started

In the last year, professionals around the globe dipped their toes into the world of product photography. Some set up a kitchen or garage studio, had clients ship their products, and styled their own shoots. Others worked remotely with a team on Zoom, sharing photos with clients in real-time. Amid unprecedented circumstances, pivoting to product photography...

11 tips for magical seascape photos

From marine pollution to rising sea levels, our oceans are under threat. Overfishing and reef decline has pushed many species to the brink of extinction, with ocean wildlife disappearing even faster than creatures who live on land. Rising sea temperatures have resulted in coral bleaching, while eight million tons of plastic waste enters the ocean from...

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