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Philipp K

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Getting Views...or not

Published November 26th, 2011

Am I the only one who is wondering why some photos get much views within the first few minutes after uploading, while others don't? (I'm not talking of "Likes" here, just the number of views).

To a certain degree, it might depend on the quality of the photo, but I don't think this is the main reason.

I guess it heavily depends on the time when it's uploaded: If there are only few active users, it of course can't get that many views. If there are too many active users, there are lots of photos uploaded simultaneously, and it might disappear from the "Fresh" page too quickly (even though 500px seems to update this page batch-wise).

I don't know what to to against this problem (apart from carefully choosing the time to upload new photos). It is, however, a bit disappointing to upload a photo and to only get 3 views after 12 or more hours.

Supplement:

I just watched the "Fresh" page for some time and reloaded it frequently. The same photos stayed on the first page for some minutes, but ...

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EXIF data

Published June 25th, 2011

500px sometimes seems to show "strange" values for focal length and shutter speed, e.g. "136/10 mm" or "10/16000 sec." (see here: http://500px.com/photo/974294?from=fresh_today)

Is this a bug or do I just not understand the meaning of these values?

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Found a Bug?

Published June 23rd, 2011

I think I just found a bug with uploading photos here at 500px: It seems that the actual upload time is considered for determining the order in which photos appear on the "Fresh" page.

So if you upload a photo and do not immediately publish it (e.g. because you first edit the description and tags), it seems that it never appears on the first page of the "Fresh" photos.

Or am I mistaken?

EDIT: I just tried it out again, it seems I was mistaken.

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Square previews

Published June 10th, 2011

I always liked 500px' idea of using square previews (though it can be difficult to select a meaningful area).

Lately, I had the idea to 'abuse' the previews to display one large image, splitted into separate square tiles.

You can see the results of this experiment below or on my photos page (but I will probably remove these photos in the near future).

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