500px before and after

I joined 500px, I’m not sure what to do with it but I’m building a small portfolio and see what happens.  I posted this pic today:

After processing

Skye Lunar AFTERL


Before processing

Skye Lunar BEFORE

In order to have a chance of being noticed you have to have an image which attracts immediate attention.  This seems to encourage overcooked images.  SO!! to join in the game I dug back into my archives and found a pretty flat image from a trip to Skye waiting to get the treatment.

The Trotterish ridge in Skye is a wonderfully evocative place, stunning geology and glorious light. And I caught none of it here!

So I overlaid another sky from the same trip,  souped up the light using overlay blend mode in Photoshop, and added a flare from Knoll Light Factory and ended up with the image ready for posting to 500px

What is 500px about?

They have  “likes” and “favourites” to encourage member’s intereaction with photo uploads, and a ranking system based on these and other factors (the algorithm is secret). You can see who is faving and liking and the effect on the rank of the picture in realtime.  The object of the excercise to to get you pic noticed and if possible into Popular which is to 500px what Explore is to Flickr.

All uploads initially land in an area called Fresh, and that is your opportunity to be noticed and gain votes. There are so many upoads that the screen refreshes quickly and it possible to miss being noticed at all so that you image quickly sinks into oblivion for ever.

You seem to have maybe 30 mins to get enough points : 70 to get in the junior showcase area called Upcoming, this gives you more exposure and more time to get points. Maybe an hour here before your time is up.

Anway today’s exercise was an barefaced attempt to get into 500px Popular and it made it there after 30 mins.  Things change quickly and now after 2 hours its being virtually ignored. Hey Ho!

Here it is on 500px   Skye Sci-Fi  on 500px

Thanks for reading!


About peterchad

I am an experienced amature photographer in Cheshire, England. I started the Open College of Art photography course "Gesture and Meaning" in October 2014.
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3 Responses to 500px before and after

  1. Very sci fi. I can see you selling this one easily. Best of luck 🙂

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