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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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According to a recent survey, 45% of diners specifically look for photos of food while browsing a restaurant’s website and deciding where to eat. That percentage increases when we look specifically at younger diners, especially among Gen Z and Millennials. When it comes to advertising in this day and age, brands understand that food photography
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If Italy is the country of love, Florence (Firenze) is the keeper of its romantic history. From its beautiful architecture to delicious food, the city is heralded by tourists as a must-visit destination. You will never be short on locations and subjects to photograph in Florence. As the first home of Italian Fashion and a
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500px Ambassador, Julia Wimmerlin, challenged the 500px community to capture photos of animals expressing human emotions or showing human-like behavior. The end results were amazing, and let’s be honest, super cute. Read on to learn more about Julia’s selection process and see the winners of this Quest. The Selection Process “I absolutely loved judging this
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One of the biggest misconceptions about commercial photography is that you have to have a big budget—and an unlimited amount of time—to make profitable images. The truth is that while some stock photographers do set aside specific dates to shoot for their commercial portfolios, many simply incorporate Licensing into the shoots they already have planned—no
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This year is going to be all about breaking photography rules. We’re going to see the rise and fall of some key trends in 2020 and even a few comebacks. Photography trends have defined generations of hobbyists and professionals for years, and the recycling of trends isn’t new. For example, the resurgence of luxury and
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Keep up with key trends in Licensing as 500px’s Art Director, Karen Biilmann, analyzes common threads and current themes throughout our Exclusive Contributor photography submissions. From GenZ travel to trains, here’s what’s trending in the 500px Licensing Collection. Disconnecting and getting off the grid were the most popular 2019 travel themes. We also saw people
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Marcia is a Brazilia lifestyle photographer who has mastered the micro moment that we see gaining traction in commercial photography. She captures the small details that happen throughout the day, helping to translate a universal narrative of authentic lifestyle visuals. Q: As a commercial photographer based in Brazil, are there any challenges you face when
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Want to capture someone’s attention? Use the color red. Cultures around the world revere red as either an auspicious omen or a sign of terror. Since it is considered to be one of the most visible colors, it has also been used to signal caution (think fire trucks and red lights). In East Asian stock
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Over 65.2 million people visited New York City in 2019 (according to NYC & Co). This legendary city is heralded as a must-visit destination for tourism photography—whether enjoying a play on Broadway or immersing yourself in the sites of Times Square, photographers have the chance to embrace the arts and culture of the city that
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Last year, when The New York Times digitized millions of their archival photographs, their editors recognized a recurring theme: dogs were everywhere. They appeared in the style pages, but they also cropped up in more unexpected places—like the sports sections and weather reports. For decades, animals—and their relationships with humans—have been a fixture of mainstream
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From underwater portrait sessions to floral crowns and flowy fabric, recent trends have reinvigorated the field of maternity photos. If once the genre was considered radical (think: Demi Moore on the cover of Vanity Fair), it’s now entered the mainstream (think: Beyonce’s 2017 pregnancy photoshoot with twins). These days, maternity photos are equally at home
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Walker Evans influenced Robert Frank. Eugène Atget inspired Berenice Abbott. Alfred Stieglitz mentored Paul Strand. Invented in the 19th century, photography is a relatively young medium, but its brief history has been shaped—at least in part—-by the relationships that form between artists and generations. Up-and-coming photographers stand on the shoulders of their predecessors; they borrow
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The global commercial stock image industry is big business, and it’s expected to grow significantly in the next four years, generating revenues of more than $4 billion by 2023. With the increasing demand for online visuals and the accessibility of top-notch cameras, it’s no wonder more photographers than ever are Licensing their images and bringing
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In the last three decades, the stock photography industry has undergone radical shifts. In the 1960s, advertisers and designers generally classed stock images as generic and artificial—but as today’s creatives will tell you, the field has experienced an about-face. In the 1960s and 70s, Graphic Design USA rejected stock photo ads—however, according to their 33rd
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In the last few decades, photography contests have had a hand in shaping the industry, promoting emerging voices, and predicting new trends. In 2020, camera brands, independent publishers, universities, and non-profit organizations alike will launch new competitions for photographers, with awards varying from cash prizes to international exhibition opportunities and more. In anticipation of the
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If one thing has defined commercial stock photography in the last five years, it’s been a shift to more natural, realistic images in advertising. While stock photography agencies might once have provided images of canned smiles and isolated white backgrounds, they now offer candid moments, genuine emotions, and beautiful light. Today’s lifestyle photographers work in
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For the last century, photographers ranging from Dorothea Lange to Robert Frank, Edward Weston to Gary Winogrand, and W. Eugene Smith to Cindy Sherman, have helped to define our culture—often with a little help from grants from agencies and organizations like the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the MacArthur Fellows program.
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