Tag: 500px

Smashed my 500px lens.

Three image HDR in Photomatix Pro with the *Natural* preset. Removed many sensor spots. Applied the Kodak Gold 100 Warm preset from VSCO Film 00 but set grain to zero.

Then leveled the horizon and removed several lamp poles that I didn’t feel added value to the image.

NIKON D5100 + Tokina 12-24mm f/4 @ 12mm, 6s at ƒ/8, ISO 100

500px Now 100% Owned by Visual China Group (Michael Russell Photography Photoblog)

So what now?

No matter what networks you share your work to – having your own website and making it the center of your activity is a good idea. It is only on your own website that you can truly control your content. Buy a domain name if you don’t already have one. I host mine with Dreamhost.com, though there are a lot of other great hosts out there. Research them before you sign up – and get the level of hosting you require. I also host my Image Library on a site called Photoshelter. If you just have a few photos online at this point you could start with a some basic WordPress galleries and get some experience with that platform.

Good luck!

[exif id=”34928″] I deleted my account and sent a request to 500px to delete my images from all servers under their control. Fingers crossed. Keeping my images on my website may be the only way I can keep some control of my copyrighted content. Now what about Instagram?

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Photographic Binge Eating

FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 55 mm, f/4.0 , ISO 200

You know that type of photo: amazing locations, wonderful light, colorful sunsets, starry skies, waterfalls, ocean waves, tropical beaches, brilliant colors. Most of them revealed a mastery of technique, accurate choice of location, delightful composition, masterful post-processing. Each one of those photos could have won a contest, get printed on a calendar or poster, graced…

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