YouPic.com is a new website designed for photographers with the goal of providing a place where they can share their work, find new and different inspirations, and "dramatically improve" their photography.
How Does It Work?
Using your email address, your Facebook account, or other social networking account, you can create your own portfolio of photographic work and begin searching through those offered by other members.
This company believes that offering a place for photography enthusiasts to share and discuss their work, and the stories and details behind their photographs, will help them become better photographers over time.
In addition, the best shots uploaded to their website will be awarded with exposure, awards, and honors, through their system of photographic sharing and voting for "favorite" photos. This site also plans on eventually expanding the services and features they will offer to their users.
It seems that at this time, signing up for a YouPic.com account is free. It is unclear if membership will remain free once they expand their services or features, or if some of the future offerings will have certain charges.
Because this company does not currently charge any costs or fees they also do not publish a Refund Policy at this time. In the future if they do decide to add fees for the services they offer, they will either publish a Refund Policy or an explanation of why refunds won't be provided.
Customer Service Contact Info
Customers who would like to contact their Customer Service team with questions, concerns, or complaints can do so by email at [email protected] or at [email protected], depending on your reason for contacting them.
While there are not really any user or customer reviews available at this time, there do seem to be some positive reviews from other websites and sources.
Competitors and Alternatives?
There are many different websites that offer people the ability to share their photos, like Instagram, or those that are more focused on professional photography like Flickr.
If you have any experience with this company or their products, please leave your YouPic.com reviews below.
19 ‘YouPic.com’ Reviews
I have been with YouPic since the beginning and have watched the site grow and change and finally being monetised.
The sites founder Navid still controls the inspiration flow having quickly abandoned the "let the members choose the photos with the stars" which showed people will vote for anything if they think you will reciprocate.
The site is really just a tit for tat voting platform where you gain awards for achievements only those achievements mean nothing in the real world.
Youpic is very bandwidth hungry on both the web or phone app versions so unlimited internet access is a must.
Sadly the promised exposure Youpic claims it will give you is all within the site itself. Google search list nothing from Youpic in photo search and facebook just buries photo's shared to facebook so no one sees them I guess facebook would rather you pay them to boost the post.
The new membership plans whilst not a suprise have been set at a level that will cost more than 50% extra than Youpic's main competition 500px which seems like a bad move
As a summary I would say if you are looking for a bit of fun on your phone then Youpic will entertain you with a free account.
Considering a paid account, I would hold on to your money even double points are not worth $9.99 a month.
About a year and a half ago I was a part of the YouPic community and really enjoyed it. Sadly I had to delete my account. Back then it was more about the photography. Two weeks ago I rejoined under a different account and was surprised at the changes. it seems as though the rating (Star of Inspiration) is no longer controlled by your peers. That's a negative.
YouPic has become just another social media under the guise of photography. Facebook, Twitter & other media has no business on YouPic. If you want to gain a level then earn it. Facebook friends and Twitter followers should not be allowed to connect and have a say just because it's their friend's photo.
YouPic also needs to set a category apart for "Digital Art". I have nothing against it, but it becomes an interpretation of a photograph and is no longer a photograph.
The art of photography is to capture what is "real".
And now the big problem for me is that I can no longer access my page. I can access my account, but that is it. I can't view my page because I'm told it can't be found. I have contacted YouPic admins and all I get is "We'll get back to you as quickly as possible". That response does not work for me.
So who knows when I'll be able to access my photos again and be able to delete my account, which by the way, I did tell them to do so since I couldn't.
There are too many negatives about YouPic and it's a shame. They started out with a good idea and turned it into crap.
It's free and a good place to put your best of photos and share them with your friends who aren't on this site.
But, I recommend viewbig.com over this one. View big has basic adjustments that you can use to improve your photos. The quality of the photographers who enter contests is amazing!! Also, viewbug lets you upload more than one at a time. Another advantage of viewbug is that they answer your mail a LOT quicker
YouPic has proven with their own star system that the most and highest ratings, awards, honors, stars, etc go to the ones who uses iphones and instagram apps the most. The "top photographers" are mobile phone point shooters who edit their pics with pastel and fog. It is a shame that those folks call themselves "photographer".
The YouPic admin himself has no achievement whatsoever in real photography, yet he is the one to star evaluate all pics. His own gallery is just a pathetic collection of loose point shoots. What a shame.
YouPic is NOT for the serious photographer. YouPic is a kindergarten for household point-shoot folks who on,y hunt for followers, likes, repics, stars, XP points, etc. Like Facebook. Has nothing to do with real photography. Even YouPic's "Tips" are written by rookies who know nothing about real photography. There's even an article that promotes B&W photography as "monochrome" photoshopping and no mention about real B&W techniques such as optical filters.
Most YouPic users score only pints by copy/pasting comments all over the place, knowing that this earns them points to move up to higher "levels". As though commenting makes them better photographers.
I have deleted my YouPic accounts and moved to National Geographic where things are more serious and without all that egotrip crap.
The YouPic Dev team keeps on revamping reblinging the site with absolutely useless bells & whistles that serve no purpose other than slowing down the site and disturbing the navigation and functionality. Now they implemented a blog for the users that no one asked for and that the blog form is not even browser cross compatible.
Soon YouPic will put ads and ask money for their "services". YouPic has already started to sink into the ocean of clones and failures.
User levels go from 1 to 30. The highest levels show the worst pics. There's even an smartphone instagram point-shooter who made it to star champion. His pics are absolutely crap. The admin of YouPic is the only one who assigns stars. So of course he stars anything that matches his own crap level. The admin of YouPic is NOT an authority in photography whatsoever, yet he plays god at his ever decaying website. YouPic ads new GUI and modules but none of it is of any use. I left YouPic because of all of the above and joined NatGeo and 500px where the level is a bit better.
I have been on since the beginning. This site was about the quality in the beginning, now its about how many Facebook fans or followers you can get. Crappy photography gets tons of likes because of the many followers one has.
Just like the contests that let your family and friends vote for the winners. This site has nothing to do with good photography anymore, but its probably fun for beginners or people that have a lot of time to build up followers to get likes.
Same concept as facebook
I have been at YouPic for one year now, and I experienced of course the star rating features. I found out that YouPic's star rating is based on only the first day of upload counting the user stars just for that day, and any user star after that 24 hour day won't count. This is unfair. Moreover, YouPic does not take into account the various time-zones around the world. If my fans are in the US and I upload a pic from the EU, then there's 8 hours less left for starring, so instead of 24 hours it's 16 hours time window. That sucks. In addition, the higher level number your account is at, the less likely you are to receive an inspiration star because of the way it's calculated. In fact, a higher account level gets punished by a more severe rating algorithm. Last but certainly not least, YouPic removes favs and repics from the counters as soon as a photo is deleted or - worse - as soon as a user quits YouPic. In other words, the counters are NOT stored! They are computed real-time. So any earnings is based on the actual pics in the gallery, and not on the pics that have been there in the past but been deleted later on. So: never delete any pic, otherwise you will get punished! What a load of crap is that. Byte Bye YouPic, I've had it.
I have just signed up to YouPic and finding my way around it.
I'm hoping over a period of time the site's designers will tighten up on some of the strange actions it performs, e.g.
1) Although you can add separate tags, you cannot search on more than one tag ( enter blonde but not blonde, girl, model etc)
2) All images put into the "nude" category have an adult filter applied, which can be switched off. However if you want an image to also have an adult filter, e.g. topless, then there is no way you can mark the image as such either at the time of uploading or further editing - it has to be put in the nude classification even if technically it isn't a nude image.
3) No way to sort, re-arrange images or put in albums.
4) No response to contact-us or email messages
Although it's a nice site and free at the moment, YouPic has a long way to go before it can match Flickr.