The wait is over: 500px for the iPad

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: October 19, 2011

Category: General

A few days ago saw the long awaited release of the 500px iPad App…

500px for those of you who don’t know is undoubtedly the place to share your favourite and best images online; you only have to browse around for a few minutes to see the quality and the incredible talent out there which in some ways can be quite daunting but if I’m honest it’s also one heck of a positive…

You see certainly for me, it’s made me scrutinise exactly which images I’ll upload and include in a portfolio, treating it very differently to say Flickr which I’m now using as more of a ‘Community’ site for uploading the occasional image and using for things such as the recent Scott Kelby World Wide Photo Walk [Link]

Anyway, let’s just have a quick look at the App itself…

The first thing you’ll see is that the makers have taken their time with this release for good reason; the App is great to look at and as we’ve quickly come to expect from 500px, images look sharp and with great colour…

Navigation is simple with the ‘one click’ menu appearing on the left side of the display regardless of what orientation you use:

Time literally flies by when you treat the App as a “Coffee Table Book” and start browsing through some of the images that have been uploaded by other users too:

So, now we have a website and an App that is simply fantastic for viewing yours and others’ images, but…

Do you/Would you use 500px as a means of showing your Portfolio to potential clients?
At first I wouldn’t have hesitated in saying yes, but having given it a little thought there are a few things to consider such as there being no way (at present) to re-order your images and view images ‘offline’. Putting that aside though and let’s say that you can do all those things…would you still use 500px to show your portfolio to potential clients? Maybe you would if you were handing them your iPad but what about the 500px website where your potential clients would inevitably be exposed to the work of other Photographers? Maybe the ability to create a ‘closed’ portfolio where you could direct clients to an area of the site where they would only see your work would be the solution? But then maybe all this is of no concern to you?

As always if you have any questions or comments, or maybe a different way that you show your portfolio that you can share, then please feel free to make use of the comments section below, but in the mean time,
Enjoy 🙂

*The 500px iPad App is available FREE from iTunes [Link]

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1 Comment

  1. Magistus

    This app is really cool and very nice and handy to use. I have expected that the nude art pictures are hidden but the are working as well. Really well done 500px.


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