Well, it has been about 24 hours since I signed-up here on 500px (for the free account). Like many many photographers online today, I have been using flickr.com as my primary vehicle for publishing photographs to the world at large. As I have gotten more serious about my photography, I have also been researching methods and tools for creating an online presence and portfolio. The purpose of "said" portfolio would be to showcase and sell (prints and online licensing) of some of my best (or favorite, or commercially viable, or...) images.
24 hours ago, I was settling into using the following sites (and the main reasons for each):
flickr.com - http://www.flickr.com/photos/joe-azure
- Showing photos to a "community" of like-minded photographers
- Following other peoples work for inspiration and learning (this is a big one)
- Receiving feedback on my images
- Possible licensing through Getty (exposure)
blogger.com - http://blog.jazurephotography.com
- For periodic blog entries such as this one
photoshelter - http://www.jazurephotography.com
- Online "portfolio"
- Printed product sales through vendors who can handle all the fulfillment
facebook - https://www.facebook.com/jazurephotography
- Online "community"
- Post images for exposure
- Status updates for "Fans"
Needless to say, there is some overlap with all of these, and it takes some effort and diligence to keep all of these sites consistent and up-to-date with each other.
Now that I have been exposed to 500px, I am seriously considering moving my business to a single site. Well, not exactly a "single" site, because let's be honest - Facebook is here to stay, and you almost "have" to keep a presence there. Facebook also makes it easy to keep the people in my "other life" informed about what I am doing in the Photography world. 500px looks like it has the potential to be "That Service" for me, and I will be exploring it in more depth in the coming days. I know that I already have begun a list of specific features and functionality that I will want (or maybe even Need!) And in keeping with the spirit, I will write about them here :)
I am sure I am not the only one who is thinking along these lines. What are your thoughts and ideas on this topic?