500px launches groups to allow for discussions and focus on community

500px has been a popular website for photographers to post your images for awhile, they have always focused on high resolution images and there are tons of excellent images posted to the site daily from some very talented photographers. If you want a quick glance at some of the quality photography you will find on the site check out our article “Some amazing work on 500px” and “Amazing photos at 500px”.

500px has now launched a new groups feature that lets you join themed groups like Black and White, Landscapes, Portraits, etc… In the future you will be able to create your own groups but for now that feature is locked for most users. Each groups have specific discussions inside. These discussions start with a post that includes a title, description and a gallery of photos that everyone can have a discussion around. Some are generic like the discussion below on “why I like to shoot film” and others are specific to a discussion around a specific image (see the 2nd image below).

500 px new discussions feature

500 px image discussions

One interesting thing with discussions is that you can vote up or down discussions. This can help to surface the best discussions. The threaded comments are text only and my major feedback after trying it out for awhile is that it would be helpful to add photos inside the discussion comments.

500px new groups

There are a good amount of groups created now and in the future they will open up creating new groups to everyone. Right now you just have to scroll down on the main groups page to view all and it would be nice if they had a search feature to find a specific group.

500px new groups feature

I’ll be diving into these new features into a lot more detail soon after I have more time to spend on the site and collect more insights, so if it’s something you are interested in stay tuned for more info! I have to admit this is one site that I haven’t been active on at all and have a tiny galley with a few portfolio images, but will give it another shot now and maybe start posting more. If you want to check me out on 500px head on over to http://500px.com/stagi

If you have any questions let me know in the comments below.

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Author: Mark

Mark is a fine art wedding and portrait photographer from Northern California. He has been passionate about photography since childhood and started his studio 12 years ago to bring a fresh style of photography to the wedding and portrait world.

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