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500px shares RAW, a new way to shoot, edit, and sell your photos on the fly

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Online photo marketplace 500px is most known for its impressive community of photographers and their respective collections of work — much of which is available to purchase as stock photography.

Every once in a while, though, 500px releases a fun little surprise in the form of a smartphone app. Its latest present is a little project called RAW, a new way to shoot, edit, share, and sell your photos all from your phone.

In an effort to minimize the overhead of sharing photos to the 500px Marketplace, 500px has created a simple smartphone editing app that not only gives you creative control over your photos, but also lets you sell your images.


“With RAW, we set out to create a great capture and edit experience that photographers could have fun and be familiar with,” says Adam Shutsa, vice president of design at 500px, “something that feels like it should be part of our everyday photography workflow on mobile.”

As the name alludes to, the app makes use of iOS 10’s RAW photo capabilities to capture every bit of detail possible from your smartphone’s sensor. Once the image is captured using the minimalistic interface, you can use a collection of post-production tools to tweak the photos to your liking.

To help keep it consistent, 500px has included a custom filter option, which lets you create reusable adjustments every time with the tap of a button or two. If you’d rather try out someone else’s style, you can do that as well through the community filter collection.

If you plan on selling any of your images on the 500px Marketplace, it’s important to have all the bases covered. 500px has baked this functionality in with an included model release section that makes it easy to obtain written permission to sell a photo of a person.

Although not implemented yet, one of the most interesting upcoming features is a push notification system that will automatically notify you when buyers and brands are looking for certain types of photos.

Considering the app is free to use, there’s no harm in taking it for a spin, so head on over to the iOS App Store and download it.

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