Popular online photography community 500px launched a new global photographer directory that allows consumer and business clients to search for photographers of all disciplines and locations around the world to fulfill their custom imagery needs. Already 50,000 strong, the service is open to any photographer and allows for listings under multiple genres of photography.
Built as an extension of the company's on-demand service for corporate clients such as Lonely Planet, Directory will now be the starting point of any 500px on-demand business search as well as searches by consumers for photographers local to them that can fill their needs from event coverage to personal headshots. Joining the photography service requires any 500px account – free or paid – and takes as long as it takes you to upload a few portfolio images and input your personal information.
For current 500px users that opt-in to the Directory, a new Services tab will appear under your profile, where your offered services, contact information, and services-specific portfolios will be displayed. Portfolios for individual types of services can be created. One of the smartest features is that you don't have to worry about your background image, as potential clients searching for wedding photographers will automatically be greeted by an image from your wedding photography portfolio when they pull you up. Another client searching for headshots will see an image from your headshots portfolio as your featured image.
500px also announced a partnership with Adobe that will see a highly curated selection of 100,000 of its images made available to millions more customers through Adobe Stock Premium.
Featured image courtesy of photographer John Wilhelm and 500px.