What is 1x?
1x is the world’s biggest curated photography website. A team of professional curators select which photos to display in our gallery. On your profile page however, you have complete control over which images to show and you can upload in HD-quality to create a stunning full-screen HD-portfolio. 1x is the closest you can get to a real photo gallery, just hit the play button in the toolbar to get a full-screen photo gallery experience. Even if you are not a photographer, you can sign up for free, add photos to favorites by hitting the yellow star right in the toolbar and play your new slideshow for your friends the next time you get together.
If you are a photographer you can sell all photos uploaded to 1x even with a free account. We have a unique partnership with Eurographics, the biggest prints provider in Europe, active in more than 60 countries, and if they select one of your photos for their catalogues you will sell in great numbers. Art directors, advertising agencies, magazines and big software companies contact us everyday with requests for buying images. Many of our photographers are now represented in art galleries, having been discovered on 1x.
We want to inspire everyone, not only photographers, but anyone who just wants to enjoy a daily “art moment” spending some time to wind down after work, relaxing, viewing the latest photos in our gallery. We believe that art is a basic human need and our vision is to make photo art easily available to everyone.
If you want to develop as photographer, we have a unique critique forum, with espcially appointed senior critics providing expert critique. Use our tutorials to be inspired and find out how stunning images are made. We believe that everyone has a huge inner potential, just waiting to be unlocked.
What are the benefits of being a member?
Sign up to 1x to get your own free beautiful HD-portfolio today! Members can add photos to favorites using the star below each photo and collect any photos in different playlists. You can also enjoy the featured playlists with different themes and follow interesting playlists made by other members and easily follow your favorite photographers. As a member you can upload photos and sell them as prints on your profile. Free member can upload 10 photos each week and to the curators for consideration in the gallery.
What are the benefits of being a paying member?
Paying members can upload an unlimited number of photos in HD-quality to their profile and send a lot more photos for consideration to the curators than free members. If your photo is sent to the curators and published in the gallery which means it will receive a lot more attention and you will have a much greater chance of selling prints. The plus membership is just about the same monthly price as a cup of coffee and you will get a lot of value out of it.
What are playlists and how do they work?
On 1x you can collect photos you like in playlists and play them in stunning full screen slideshows. Open a photo you want to add to a playlist and click the playlist menu in the toolbar below. Click “create playlist” to create a new playlist or “Add photo” to add it to an existing playlist. Click the play button to start a slideshow.
You can follow interesting playlists by clicking on someone’s profile and then their “Playlist” tab. Click on a playlist and then “follow” to stay updated with your favorite playlists.
In “Explore” → “Playlists” you can enjoy playlists especially featured by 1x and see the playlists you follow.
How do I add photos to favorites?
Use the star in the toolbar to add a photo to favorites. It will automatically be added to your favorites playlist.
How do I follow favorite photographers?
Log in to 1x go to someone’s profile and click “Follow” to follow them. You will see all the latest photos by photographers you follow under “Explore” → “New photos” → “Following”. Photographers you follow are listed in “Explore” → “Members” → “Followed”.
How do I buy prints?
All photos available as prints are listed under “Prints” in the “Buy”-menu. You can also find photos available as prints from specific photographers on their profiles. Click the buy-button in the toolbar below a photo you are interested in to preview it on a wall and to order it. Normal processing and shipping time is 1-3 weeks depending on where you live. Medium format sized prints, typically 50x75 cm or 20x30”, are 149€ / $149 for EU / non-EU customers. Large size prints are typically 70x100 cm or 28x40”, are 199€ / $199. Free worldwide shipping is included. For customers outside of the EU and US, extra custom duties may apply. We print on highest quality possible real photographic paper, which will last for a lifetime. Our 24 hours support is always ready to help.
How do I upload photos?
Go to your “Account”-menu (the menu with your name on it) and then “Upload photos”. You can drag and drop photos to the button or click it and select files. Free members can upload 10 photos per week and paying members an unlimited number of photos. Make sure to save them in jpg-format. You can upload photos in any size to your profile.
What are you size recommendations for uploading photos?
1x supports displaying your photos in stunning HD-quality, up to 2500x1800 pixels. You can upload photos in any size and they will be downsized to this maximum resolution if they are bigger. Photos sent to the curators should have a width or height of at least 1000 pixels. The higher resolution you upload in, the more impressive your photos will be to the viewers. Paying members can enable automatic watermarks for protection.
How do I send photos to the curators for consideration in the gallery?
Click the settings menu below a photo (the cog wheel icon in the toolbar) to send a photo to the curators for review. If it’s published in the gallery it will get a lot of extra exposure. Free members can send 1 photo to the curators each week, Plus members 5 photos and Pro members a maximum of 10 photos. The photo will be published in the gallery within 2 weeks if it’s selected.
How does curation work?
Free members can send 1 photo to the curators for consideration in the gallery each week, plus members 5 photos and pro members 10 photos. The curators decide which photos to publish in the gallery depending on its idea, mood and technical quality. The curators mainly look for originalty and variety in the gallery. If a photo is not selected, it’s often because a similar photo has been published before.
How do I gain feedback on my photos?
Unfortunately the curators don’t have the time to write comments on photos because there are only a few curators and hundreds of photos considered for the gallery every day. The best way to gain feedback is to post your photos in our critique forum.
How does the critique forum work?
Gain feedback on your images in the critique forum and have the chance to receive expert critique by one of our especially appointed senior critics. Critique is give and take, so to gain critique on one of your photos, you first have to provide critique on three other photos. Even the opinions of non-experts can be very helpful, since most of the people viewing photos are not experts. The important thing is to always carefully explain, why you have a certain opinion.
How does print sales work?
All photos on 1x can be sold as prints. Go to “Account settings” (in the menu with your name on it) check the checkbox “enable sales of prints and downloads” and hit save. We currently do not offer sales of downloads, but we are working on it. Click “select photos to sell” to select which photos to offer for sale. A green check mark will indicate which photos you have made available for sale. Remember to click save when you are done. Go to “select photos to sell” to make new photos available for sale after you have uploaded them. We recommend uploading all photos you make available for prints in HD right away. If an order is placed on one of your photos not uploaded in HD, you will be notified and you have one week to upload a HD-file. The profit for each print sold is roughly split 50/50 between you and 1x.
How do I get paid for sold prints?
Remember to enter a paypal email address in your account settings, or otherwise it will not be possible for us to transfer any money to you. Payouts will be made at the end of the next calendar quarter when you have reached the minimum amount.
How do I edit information about photos?
In the settings menu (the cog wheel in the toolbar) you can edit the information about your photos. You can also upload your photos in new versions. We highly recommend that you upload any previously uploaded photos in HD to make them much more impressive and give the viewers the best possible experience.
How do I delete pictures?
You can delete photos on your profile which have not been sent to the curators, critique, tutorials or weekly theme. Use the settings menu (the cog wheel icon in the toolbar below each photo) to delete a certain photo.
How do I delete my account?
If you no longer wish to be a member of 1x, go to “Account settings” in your “Account menu” (the menu with your name) and click delete account. It will be hidden from the public immeditaly and deleted within one month if you don’t log in again, to give you the chance to change your mind.
Do you allow copyright text in photos?
All photos uploaded to 1x are protected by an automatically attached copyright banner below the photo. You are not allowed to add your own watermarks on photos sent to the curators. This is because we want all the photos in the gallery to have a uniform style. However, plus and pro members can activate automatic watermark protection for all of their images, which will embed watermarks with copyright notices in the image files.
Do you allow borders in photos?
Photos sent to the curators for consideration in the gallery should not contain any borders because we want to keep a uniform style in the gallery. On your profile, your are allowed to add borders to your photos.
Do you allow using stock photos from other photographers in my photos?
All parts of photos sent to the curators should consist of photos taken by you. You are not allowed to use stock photos in montages. For photos only uploaded to your profile, make sure you have sufficient rights to display them, you are responsible for any copyright infringes.
What are the rules for writing comments on 1x?
Remember to always use a friendly polite language when writing on 1x. Offensive comments might lead to a ban or deletion of your account.
How do I show or hide nude content?
Enable or disable the nude filter in your account settings.
How do I contact 1x?
1x Innovations AB
S-753 23 Uppsala
Phone: +46 (0) 73 946 84 37. Please send an email before contacting us on the phone.
1x was founded in 2007 by Jacob Jovelou and Ralf Stelander in Uppsala, Sweden.
How do I contact a photographer?
To contact a photographer log in to 1x and leave a message in their guestbook.
How do I contact support?
Before contacting support read this FAQ carefully to make sure that your question has not already been answered. The email to support is: firstname.lastname@example.org