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    How to know when your photo requires a property release

    Within the last year alone, there have been several high-profile cases involving the use of intellectual property in commercial photography. From influencers posing in front of street art to promote branded products, without the artist’s permission, to a court battle between a luxury car brand...
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    Everything a beginner needs to know about astrophotography [Guide & tips]

    Want to master astrophotography? Want to learn the art of capturing an awesome meteor shower, or the next supermoon, or the Milky Way galaxy across the night sky? This monster guide with just about everything you’ll want to know about the wonderful world of astrophotography should help! We’ve...
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    Essential tips for achieving natural color and tone in Photoshop

    From bold neons to vintage polaroid-inspired hues, the last few years have brought with them tons of creative approaches to post-processing and color correction. On 500px and around the web, you can find something for everyone; on one end of the spectrum, you have faded, nostalgic tones and, on...
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    How to use Luminar to speed up your photography workflow

    This post is sponsored by Luminar, AI-based, award-winning photo editing software. We’ve also partnered to bring you a Quest! We want to see your best edits. Enter here. Luminar is a very handy tool to improve your photo editing workflow and help you speed up photo edits that would normally...
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    Where’s the best place to buy a camera?

    If you thought brick-and-mortar camera stores were a thing of the past, think again; from Chelsea, NYC, to Boulevard Beaumarchais, Paris, to Shinjuku, Tokyo, traditional camera shops are thriving. Many have been around for decades and are steeped in history; others cater to newer, up-and-coming...
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    Candid family portraits (and tips for shooting at home)

    This tutorial is part of the “No Place Like Home” Campaign. We’ve partnered with some of our Licensing Contributors to create these “conscious living” tutorials and Quests to encourage you to pick up your camera, maybe learn a new skill, and continue to do what you love despite these difficult...
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    Dogs photography tips | How to photograph your dog

    This tutorial is part of the “No Place Like Home” Campaign. We’ve partnered with some of our Licensing contributors to create these “conscious living” tutorials and Quests to encourage you to pick up your camera, maybe learn a new skill, and continue to do what you love despite these difficult...
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    What is ISO (and how to use it) in photography

    In recent weeks, we’ve covered two of the three basic elements of creating a proper exposure in-camera—aperture and shutter speed—so let’s take a closer look at the third and final corner of the “exposure triangle,” known as ISO. While your aperture and shutter speed settings will determine how...
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    7 tips for improving your cat photography skills at home

    This tutorial is part of the “No Place Like Home” Campaign. We’ve partnered with some of our Licensing contributors to create these “conscious living” tutorials and Quests to encourage you to pick up your camera, maybe learn a new skill, and continue to do what you love despite these difficult...
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    Retouching: Best practices to keep in mind for commercial Licensing

    For commercial photographers, post-processing is an indispensable part of the creative process, and it’s often the step that takes the most time. Fortunately, however, editing software is getting smarter and simpler. With brands like Skylum Software, Topaz Labs, ACD Systems, and Adobe developing...
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    5 easy and actionable ways to find new photography ideas

    This post is written by Dina Belenko, a 500px Ambassador who specializes in still life photography. People always ask me where I find ideas for my work, and I usually respond by recommending that they read a wonderful essay by Neil Gaiman titled Where do you get your ideas from?, because each...
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    Creative self-portraits at home

    This tutorial is part of the “No Place Like Home” Campaign. We’ve partnered with some of our Licensing contributors to create these “conscious living” tutorials and Quests to encourage you to pick up your camera, maybe learn a new skill, and continue to do what you love despite these difficult...
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    How to work with grain in your photos while preserving a natural look that works for Licensing

    Kodak Ektachrome is back, and so is T-MAX P3200. Last year, FujiFilm rolled out a new monochrome film, Neopan 100 Acros II, to satisfy demand from millennial and GenZ consumers. Some call it a “comeback,” and others call it a “renaissance,” but one thing is clear: the “film aesthetic” has...
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    Shutter speed | The essential guide for photographers

    The difference between an underexposed (too dark), overexposed (too bright), and perfectly exposed photo comes down to three factors: ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. ISO refers to your sensor or film’s sensitivity to light, and as we covered in a previous article, aperture refers to the size...
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    Capturing real-life situations and genuine moments with lifestyle photographer Tatiana Avdjiev

    Tatiana Avdjiev is a lifestyle photographer based in Chicago who has developed an eye for capturing everyday situations and genuine moments. Tatiana is also drawn to capturing movement in dance and sports, demonstrating a wide set of photographic skills. Her talent has secured her features in...
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    Aperture in photography | The essential guide for beginners

    The secret to capturing perfectly exposed images lies in understanding what’s known as the “exposure triangle.” When it comes to getting photos that are too light, too dark, or just right, everything boils down to just three settings: ISO, shutter speed, and aperture. Each setting is important...
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    Looking to the future: Sustainability in commercial photography

    An estimated eight-to-twelve million tons of plastic waste enters our oceans every year; if this trend continues, experts say that by the year 2050, there could be more plastic in the sea than there are fish. More than 800 marine species have been affected by the contamination of their...
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    21 poses to try when photographing men

    While photos of male models were once limited to underwear ads with six-pack abs, the field is changing—for the better. With major brands turning to street-casting and alternative modeling agencies, photographers now have more freedom to experiment with how they portray male individuality and...
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    A look into the whimsical world of Licensing Contributor Hardi Saputra

    Hardi Saputra has been a 500px Contributor for a number of years, licensing his intricate still life images since 2016. Over the years, he has developed a recognizable aesthetic, addressing everyday concepts such as communication and travel within his whimsical miniature sets. His work...
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    16 classic and unique poses for photographing women

    From the “flamingo” to the “bambi,” the last year has brought us a wide array of “trendy” poses adopted by celebrities and influencers. Some stuck around for a few months, and others have left a lasting impression. At the same time, today’s photographers continue to look to history, employing...
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