The popular photo storage, sharing, and marketing website 500px has discretely lowered the upload limit. Users subscribing to the free, entry-level account once were allowed to upload 20 images per week. Now the limit is 7 photos weekly.
While the company released no formal announcement of the change, PetaPixel noticed that the official language of the “Fair Storage Policy” lowered the limit. The total limit of 2,000 images remains the same—but with the weekly limit change it will take more than five years to take full advantage of the storage.
The company paints the change as a method of emphasizing quality over quantity. They posted the following on their photo upload help page: “We’ve heard from our many users the desire to see an even higher level of quality of photos on our platform…With that said, we’ve decided to take the extra step of lowering our upload limit for free users from 20 to 7 per week.”
At DPG we are all about quality over quantity of photos. But the change seems more like an effort to encourage users to upgrade to a paid account. 500px has separated itself from the “image sharing pack” by allowing members to make money through photo licensing. Having to upgrade to a paid account will slightly eat into your profits.
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