500px Redesigns Photo Page, Integrates a ‘Stunning Full Screen Experience’


It wasn’t long ago that Flickr rolled out its massive redesign — met by both boos and cheers — that entirely changed the way you experience the photos sharing site. Now it’s 500px turn. The premium photo sharing platform just announced its own redesign, focused around larger photos and a Focus Viewer feature that offers a “stunning full screen experience.”

Rolling out to everyone today, the redesigned photo page makes sure that your photography is as large and “pixel-perfect” as possible, while making it easier to like, favorite, and share. This is helped along by a simplified header that puts the photographer’s information in the top left, and share and like buttons in the top right.

Here are before-and-after comparison screenshots of this photo by Scott Bourne, sent to us by 500px:



The redesign also extends beneath the photo, where interested viewers can find camera, lens and EXIF info, and photographers can read their comments and see a visual list of the people who have liked or favorited their photo.

The most significant change, however, comes with the addition of “Focus View,” an immersive new way to experience 500px entirely in full screen. Focus View allows users to browse through photos using the arrow keys, while taking advantage of keyboard shortcuts to Like (press L) or Favorite (press F) the best of them.


You’ll have to check it out for yourself to get a real feel for the new page (be sure to click on a photo or press “H” to enter Focus View, and then “M” to see the photo in all its maximized glory), but 500px brass is excited about the change.

“Our new photo page raises the bar in the industry and features photos that are up to six times bigger than before,” says founder and COO Evgeny Tchebotarev. “By continuing to push the boundaries of our platform, we’re offering photographers a more visually appealing way to showcase and share their work online than ever before and improving the aesthetic experience for people who just want to view the photos.”

  • Wolfgang_Zimmerman

    Flickr, eat your heart out.

  • Crazy Ivory

    The new 500px Page reminded me a slightly bit of Flickr how it used to be, just a lot lot lot better. But the way things are organized, Image, Comments, Exif strongly resemble the old Flickr. But the one thing they did better is to leave the photo unobstructed by sets and collections on the side of it. 500px puts all of this under the image, where it belongs. This looks really beautiful.

    Only thing I don’t understand is that when you choose fullscreen, and you click right to the next image, it ends the fullscreen mode. But they will certainly take care of that.

  • Adamski

    It’s going to take some getting used to for me, I found the metadata structure of the previous way a little better. One thing I don’t understand is how one can say that the new full screen feature is “stunning”. The stunning part for me is that it actually makes the photo smaller and that to activate FS you can click directly on the image, however clicking the image again does not take you out of FS as it did in the past, it fact it does nothing which is kind of weird.

  • Doris

    Big deal – the problem with 500px is not the design of the site but the awful gaming of the popularity system and the endless sh**ty comments ‘V+F’ left on your photos.

  • ramanauskas

    The “focus view” has the same flaw as the new Flickr photo page–it let’s the browser continuously resize the photo as the window resizes, which it will generally do badly. On a photo with a lot of detail, you can watch the artifacts ripple across the image as you resize.

    Looks nice otherwise. I noticed immediately that they don’t have a stupid fixed-position menu bar like Yahoo does to eat up screen real estate.