Inspired by the Follow Friday hashtag movement on twitter we started a new weekly feature on our blog. With Follow Friday posts you can discover new, popular and up-and-coming photographers from 500px to follow and add to friends.
We hope you enjoyed our roundup! This is the first Follow Friday post in this genre of photography and we can’t wait to share more features with you. Come back next Friday for incredible photographers to follow and get inspired by. Visit last post Follow Friday: Street Photographers and discover great talents in this genre.
Who is your favourite Food photographer at 500px? Let us know in the comments below (you can also nominate yourself).
In October we’ve teamed up with Blurb to bring you discount codes matching the value of 500px upgrade price, since then every Plus user gets $25 and Awesome user $50 to spend when creating a Blurb Book. Alexander Dragunov, IT architect by trade and professional photographer at heart, used this promotion and printed Tunnelbana book. Tunnelbana is a visual marvel displaying different views of the world's longest art gallery — Stockholm’s metro. Welcome Alexander Dragunov as he shares the story behind creating Tunnelbana with Blurb Books.
Thanks to Alexander for sharing this story and thank you for reading! If you’d like to see more of Alexander Dragunov’s work visit his 500px page and to preview or purchase his book click here.
After a twitter shutout by @500px in search of awesome Blurb books Alexander got in touch & now his story is on our blog. If you’d like to share your story, experience or photos with us get in touch, email email@example.com. We are always looking for interesting content to feature on the blog and would love to hear from you :)
Today, we are excited to announce the launch of the 500px experience on a new platform, Google Chrome. Our latest project is a new 500px Chrome Web Store app that can be downloaded from the Google Chrome store for Windows, Mac, and Chromebook computers, including the new touch-enabled Google Chromebook Pixel laptop.
500px Chrome app features include:
To see it for yourself install app from here!
Hey everyone! Our site just got updated with minor nips and tucks to refine and enhance your experience. The major changes are streamlined Profile, Photo and landing pages and emphasized User Tab functionality. What’s changed:
See all the changes first hand with the screen shots that we’ve prepared for you. If you have any questions or feedback about the updates let us know in the comments below, we love to hear your feedback.
Infinite scrolling. Ditch browser plugins and spend minutes or hours looking at photos on user Profiles with infinite scrolling. Visit Mark Bridger’s profile and experience the joy of infinite scrolling for yourself :)
Statistics. Browse conveniently between photos and Statistics in one place — your Profile. Remember, Statistics page remains private “for your eyes only", it cannot be viewed by others and is a feature available to paid accounts only.
User Tab. If you want to go to your Profile page or manage any of the settings just click or hover over the User Tab. User Tab is literally a tab with your avatar and full name located in the right hand upper corner of the site. Click on all the different links in your User Tab and see where they’ll take you. PS If you can’t see the User Tab you are not logged in.
Landing page. We've optimized the landing page, gathering Flow, Following and Activity in one place, now you can track your friends' and your own activity side by side. To visit the landing page sign in to 500px.com or click on 500px logo.
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There are many fun photos of commercially inspired splash images on 500px and we wanted to share the secrets behind this technique with you. Patric Bergkvist was generous to volunteer and talk about his personal experience with splash photography. In this article Patric reveals the step-by-step process behind “Coffee with milk” photo giving away his home studio tricks.
I placed a tripod in the middle of the pool and bolted the wineglass onto the tripod — now tripod served as the stand for the wineglass. Next I started setting up the flashes (one external flash on a tripod and one with a softbox and a grid). Then I taped up the background with backdrop paper. Turned on the remote switch for the the camera and took out my iPad. I bought an Eye-fi card to send JPEG images to the iPad while I shoot, this way I don’t need to run back to camera to see if photos turned out OK, checking for brightness, sharpness, etc. The background paper that I taped-up was very wrinkled but that was the only paper available that was wide enough so I had to use it. To combat the wrinkles I decided to use the widest aperture possible to blur the background and hence smooth out the wrinkles (with a zoom lens zooming all the way in would achieve a similar affect). Going for wide aperture I had to balance it out since I wanted to avoid a shallow of a depth of field as I needed for the splashes to look and be sharp on camera. Hence I needed to run test shots to see which aperture worked best. Not wanting to waste liquids and get the place messy without a need, I used a box of sparklers as a point of sharpness measure (also it served as a great focusing point). So I put a pack of sparklers on top of the wine glass and ran some tests.
As you can see above the background became blurred and the folds were less visible at aperture F/8, and there was sufficient clarity on the sparkler packaging.
Thank you for reading & thanks to Patric Bergkvist for sharing this tutorial! If you'd like more advice from Patric or to follow his future updates like his Facebook Page. For more tutorials visit "Paint with fire", previously featured post that will introduce you to Light Painting.
Do you have photos taken using this technique? Upload them to 500px and share links in the comments below, we'd love to see your results. If you have any questions or details that you’d like to know from Patric about this tutorial feel free to ask away.
Let’s share your skills and educate those new to photography. If you have a tutorial you’d like to share, be it in shooting, post production or tips for getting your work out there please get in touch, email firstname.lastname@example.org.