1X is a social network focused on photography. The network offers a higher level of quality compared to most. Rather than accepting all images a user uploads, 1X has professional curators who view each image and decide which ones can appear on the site. Photos found on the site cover a diverse collection of categories, including architecture, macro, landscape, fine art, street, portrait, creative edit, humor, fine art nude and many more. The site also maintains a forum where users can talk about images and photography. Photos can also be viewed by artist. The site offers a list of tutorials to help users improve their skills and creative horizons. A critique forum is also available for users who want honest feedback on their work. Additional features include photo awards, a photo book store and print purchasing service.Show more screenshots »
1X was founded in February of 2007 by Ralf Stelander and Jacob Jovelou. The company, based in Uppsala, Sweden, has created a social network that focuses on high quality photography. The site currently states that only one in approximately 20 photo submissions are accepted and displayed in the galleries. The site currently sees a great deal of traffic as well as an active forum that lets users share personal insights and feedback.
There are many website that allow users to upload and share images. 1X offers something totally different because the site maintains a very high threshold for quality. The site monitors all images that are uploaded and only permits the best examples to show up on the website. It is much more difficult to get a photo added to the 1X collection, which is a good thing for professionals and serious photographers.
1X maintains a very modest design that favors black and white. Despite the simple color scheme and lack of graphic visual elements, the site looks very appealing. The layout and color scheme adds a sophisticated atmosphere that is complemented by the high quality photographs displayed on the site. Navigation is very simple and anyone can quickly find their way around. Having an image accepted and added to the site is not easy, but this has nothing to do with the site’s appearance.
A new user can join the 1X community by clicking the “Join” link in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. The registration form appears on the next page and asks the user to provide a first and last name, email address, username and password. After checking the white terms of service agreement box below the form, the user can submit it and visit their email inbox for an activation email.
Anyone can join the 1X community for free. There are no subscription fees and the user is not required to purchase any photos or books. The site does offer a handful of photo-related products for sale. A books area lists yearly photo books while the “Buy Prints” link lets user purchase copies of images they like. The amount spent on the site relies entirely on the user’s shopping habits.
1X is an excellent resource for serious photographers as well as professionals. Users can showcase their best work, if they are approved and added. Others can enjoy the creativity and skill of others by viewing the numerous galleries listed on 1X. Users can also sell their work and purchase prints or attractive photo books. The website has created a diverse community of individuals who share a passion for photography and art.