Why I’m leaving Flickr for 500px
Posted by Lyn May
In a word, quality.
And since 500px’s introduction of an “in between membership” of only $20/year, the choice has become pretty clear. Bundle all that up with Flickr’s prudish attitude towards nudity and man, home run for 500px.
Take a look at Flickr’s page.
Now compare that to 500px’s.
There’s no comparison. Your images are displayed nicely. Flickr gives you an abundant amount of “white” space, surrounded by LOTS of ugly links. 500px fills that empty space with more photos. And when you click on a photo to view it, Flickr gives you just a slightly larger version than what was on the homepage. 500px, in contrast, displays your images at their full size. You’re not forced to click the “+” button to magnify it.
Flickr came on the scene in 2004 and has remained virtually unchanged in the years since. What began as a resourceful repository for a professional’s work has quickly turned into a hodge-podge of mediocrity. There are still some fine photographers on Flickr, sure, but just as the filmmakers have left YouTube for Vimeo. Pro photographers are leaving Flickr for 500px.
So what about you? What are you looking for in an image hosting site? Let’s hear your rants. Should you stay or should you go?