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Meet the team: Diana

Published by Diana Tula · May 2nd 2013

Hi! For you to get to know us better, to find out who are the folks behind 500px and what it is that we actually do, we started a new ongoing feature on the blog titled “Meet the team”. Last time we shared our favorite tunes of 2012. Now you are about to meet one of the team members — me, Diana Tula.

What’s your 500px story?

It was luck, chance and my desire to help out that got me working for 500px. In short...

  1. Winter 2009 I met both Evgeny and Oleg through mutual friends
  2. Halloween 2009 went live
  3. Spring/Summer 2010 I organized a Models VS Photographers event for 500px
  4. 2011 Started volunteering for 500px, answering customer support questions
  5. Fall 2011 hired by 500px to work on customer support
  6. July 2012 took over blog & social media because of a vacancy. Shorty after, officially hired to do the same

What do you do at 500px?

I blog and do a few more things. I look at 1,000s of photos daily, promote photographers and photos on our social pages (twitter, G+ and Facebook), suggest photos for Editors’ Choice, report NSF photos, write-up new stories, plan and schedule posts for weeks and months to come, check email, when asked I test for bugs, provide feedback and co-chair some interviews. What I no longer do is order lunches for the office and for that I am eternally grateful.

Do you photograph?

I do! I have a Nikon D90, D70, an old Kiev film camera and iPhone 4. All are second hand cameras and all I love. My favorite lens is a Nikon 50mm 1.8. It is awesome and I use it 90% of the time. Lately I’ve been eyeing a wide angle and a macro lens for my iPhone.

Tell us 5 random things about you.

  1. 1. When I was little I lived for LEGO, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Transformers.
  2. 2. Canada is the 5th country I am living in. I moved to Toronto in 2002.
  3. 3. I’ve been in and out of art schools since I was 8.
  4. 4. My current read is Robert Rankin’s “The Educated Ape & Other Wonders Of The Worlds”.
  5. 5. My grandfather is a hobbyist photographer. He has won a few awards in his time.

Thanks for reading :) If you'd like to add Diana to friends visit her 500px page, for Instagram and other social media her handle is @detula.

If there is a question you'd like to ask our team or an idea for "Meet the team" feature please leave a comment below. We'd love to hear your feedback and answer your questions.


Toronto is Home

Published by Diana Tula · May 1st 2013

Did you know that 500px team is from Toronto, Canada? This epic video was filmed by proletariat class and shows Toronto not only from dusk till dawn but also from summer to winter and onwards. Giving you a peek into the city's life from an aerial view. If you watch closely enough you can spot the flooded streets of the city during Nuit Blanche — an annual event when people go out to the streets from 7PM to 7AM to experience art.

Enjoy and let us know which was your favourite moment.

proletariat class is a great roof topper photographer, so remember to check out his work later. For more videos browse the blog and let us know if you’d like to be featured, email Last time we shared “The Collodion Process”, a video that takes you on a journey of a traveling collodion studio.


Pinhole Love

Published by Diana Tula · April 30th 2013

Hey! It was Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day this Sunday, April 28th. To celebrate and share our love for this tricky and fun medium we’ve gathered photos from 500px taken with pinhole cameras. Check out awesome photos that have been photographed with tins, chips containers, matchstick boxes and old cameras.

What’s Pinhole? Pinhole camera is a simple camera without a lens that you can DIY in about 10 minutes. Pinhole camera can be made out of any container, which is light-proof and has a small hole in one side. Light passes through this small hole and projects an inverted image on the opposite side of the box. The image is then recorded on film or photo paper, that was placed inside the container prior to exposure.


Ivan Kislov

Published by Diana Tula · April 30th 2013

Today we would like to introduce you to Ivan Kislov and his lovable photos of foxes, wolves and rabbits. It was a great revelation to find out that Ivan is a hobbyist photographer. Just imagine, these are photos taken as something to do when one has time to spare...

For Ivan Kislov’s full portfolio visit his 500px page, there you can add Ivan to friends, follow his future work, and say hello.

Our blog is a place to promote 500px photographers and their brilliant photos. Every week we publish a brief photographer profile introducing you to a photographer from 500px community and his/her body of work. This could be you, email us and let us know about yourself and your work.


Weekly Monday Contest

Published by Diana Tula · April 29th 2013

Want to get featured on our blog? Every Monday a theme is announced and you have until Sunday to submit your entry. You may already have a photo that suits or you can see it as a weekly photo challenge. For announced theme, deadline and how to enter continue reading.

I love Earth

Last week we announced “I love Earth” theme and got over 1,000 entries. Thank you for your talent and ideas! We’ve selected twelve photos to share with you today, these are thumbnails so make sure to click on each for a full size photograph. Take a look at all the contestants & pick your favourite.

New theme: Liquid

1. Select photo that fits this theme. Upload image to your 500px profile or pick an existing photo.
2. Add a tag "liquid500px".
3. You are done. To track all entries click here.

Theme is open to your interpretation and creativity, so get snapping and tagging. Deadline is May 5th at 12pm (EST). To make your efforts worthwhile there’s a random draw giveaway for all who enter for a chance to win 2 months of Awesome membership. Lucky draw winner is Kristine Potapovica.

Good luck this week!


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