Photo Stories

Keywording has been a fundamental part of licensing stock photography since 1945 when the preeminent historian Charles Gibbs-Smith first developed a system for indexing and organizing images. Now, 75 years later, the keywording process is more important than ever. If your photos aren’t keyworded, they simply won’t show up in image searches. They’ll just get
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The last few years have seen a revolution in design and architecture—from smart home technology and the rise of “tiny houses” to green urban planning and the use of recycled materials. As our living and workspaces have changed, the field of architecture photography—established by legendary artists like Lucien Hervé and Julius Schulman in the 19th
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When film photographer Oleg Oprisco agreed to take an exclusive photo for 500px ISO, we were over the moon. If you don’t recognize his name, you will definitely recognize this Ukraine-based photographer’s photos. Oprisco is an inspiring photographer who brings an ethereal, fairytale quality to his photos that make them iconic. His photos have inspired so
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From the 500px family to yours, we want to wish those of you celebrating today a very Merry Christmas. In many homes the world over presents are being ripped apart with gusto as the token family photographer (probably you) annoys everybody else with the incessant clicks of the shutter as they capture this morning for
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When Ansel Adams released his early photographs of Yosemite, he stunned the world with his sharp-as-a-tack focus. To the surprise of audience members, the faraway mountains in his pictures were just as crisp as the rocks at his feet. Back in the 1930s, he’d done something as radical as it was simple: he used a
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Ambassador Taya Iv is well known for creating beautiful self-portraits that elicit strong emotions from viewers. She recently challenged the community to take on the art of self-portraiture by looking beyond the ‘selfie’ and focus on a more traditional approach to photography. The Selection Process “Going through so many of your amazing submissions was exciting
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Keep up with key trends in Licensing as 500px’s Art Director, Karen Biilmann, analyzes common threads and current themes throughout our Exclusive Contributor photography submissions. From brands taking a stand on climate change to those moving toward a sustainable future, here’s what’s trending in the 500px Licensing Collection. Taking a stand on global issues and
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According to recent surveys, 90% of millennial travelers post photos during their vacations. In the UK, 40% think about whether or not a destination is photogenic before even booking a trip. “Vacation” is mentioned more on social media than Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and other mega-celebrities. Photos play a critical role in determining where we
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Take a peek at the best-selling images from leading stock agencies worldwide, and you’ll notice a few common themes: businesspeople in offices, families having fun, couples on romantic walks, and people with natural, authentic smiles. While stock photography can cover any genre and subject, Licensing clients always need inspiring pictures of people. After all, the
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