Photocrati Instagram Weekly Round 18

An old favorite from the archives #Cincinnati #sign #RT52Drivein #drivein #JacksAutoParts #cincygram #queencity #queencityscenes #exploreohio #explorecincy #exploreamerica #our_ohio #beohioproud #photocrati
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An old favorite from the archives

Engine 4 - Los Angeles, Ca.
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Engine 4 – Los Angeles, Ca.
Something for my office! #instasize #instaprint #filmphoto #inkprint
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Something for my office!
Birdie Trailer
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Birdie Trailer
#FlatWhite break #WE35 #Photocrati #sonyartisan #exploringthefrontier #NYC #coffee
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Out in the city .... #WE35 #NYC #exploringthefrontier #Photocrati #PhotoWandering
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Out in the city ….
Live baking in #NYC #WE35 #PhotoWandering #Photocrati #exploringthefrontier
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Live baking in
Cheers #WE35
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Cheers
It was a good day in the city today.... #WE35 #sonyartisan #exploringthefrontier #nyc #Photocrati #PhotoWandering
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It was a good day in the city today….
ECHO PARK
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ECHO PARK

L.A. Owl
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L.A. Owl
Sitting in my frame #WE35 #exploringthefrontier #PhotoWandering #Photocrati
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Sitting in my frame
FWY Signs of The Times
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FWY Signs of The TimesMy favourite department store #spiral #staircase!! It's at #Heals, opposite #GoodgeStreet tube station. #jj_architecture #jj_architecture_042 #vscocam #snapseed #lookingup #jj_mobilephotography #iphoneonly #iphone6plus #ilovelondon #london #igers #igerslondon #ig_photooftheday #insta_crew #instadaily #photooftheday #photo_features #photocrati #lights #architecture #architecture_london #art_chitecture_ #arkiromantix_london #olloclip #wideangle

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My favourite department store #staircase!! It’s at #Heals, opposite tube station.
The handball season just started again.
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The handball season just started again.
Check out my website. AstrikPhotography.com
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Check out my website. AstrikPhotography.com

Sharing Content Multiple Times – It’s OK To Do It

3-social-sharing-timelineA common question among photographers, or any business person for that matter, is about timing and repetition in social media.

What I mean is this…

People wonder if they should post the same content to social media more than once in a day, in a week, in a month, etc.

It comes down to this simple answer: YES.

Think about your audience, when they’re online and when they’re not.

People have meetings like you have meetings.

People aren’t always on the computer or looking at their phones at the exact moment you are

That’s why CoSchedule and Buffer both recommend sharing content multiple times at various points in time,

The trick here, though, is to make sure the content you are sharing is not identical.  Both Buffer and CoSchedule can simplify that process for you.  However, you can do this manually as well using a Google Doc or Excel spreadsheet.  Keep a log of your content, and blurbs you’d like to share with them.

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When all is said and done, you should be testing timing and reposting effectiveness.  If one schedule and repost count isn’t working, adjust and try something else.

Like in all things marketing, test, test, test.

Photocrati Instagram Weekly Round 17

It's smegging cold out! #we35 #SightsFromNJT #Photocrati #ExploringTheFrontier #IcantFeelMyNose
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It’s smegging cold out!
The day is over and I can't feel my nose. #we35 #SightsFromNJT #Maplewood #Photocrati #ExploringTheFrontier
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The day is over and I can’t feel my nose.

Dead pine with #hoarfrost
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Dead pine with
Time for #coffee #we35 #Photocrati #ExploringTheFrontier
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Time for
Lo Presti Park #boston #lopresti #photocrati #ExploringTheFrontier #harbor #landscape #Massachusetts #cityscape
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Lo Presti Park
Finally found time earlier this week to sift through all the images from my many visits to #HolidayJunction at @cincymuseum. So many beautiful scenes to share with everyone as I find my favorites. #WINTERinCincy #Cincinnati #Ohio #CincinnatiMuseumCenter #CincyTraditions #HolidayTrains #cincylove #cincymuseum #vintage #queencityscenes #365Cincinnati #cincygram #beohioproud #photocrati #heyfred_lookatthis #modelrr #modelrailroad #ChristmasVillage #winterscenes #squaready
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Finally found time earlier this week to sift through all the images from my many visits to at @cincymuseum. So many beautiful scenes to share with everyone as I find my favorites.
Bar Harbor Bicycle #barharbor #ExploringTheFrontier #photocrati #bicycle #bike #warm #warmtone #acadia #acadianationalpark
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Bar Harbor Bicycle
FreeBird #WE35 #ExploringTheFrontier #Photocrati #sonyartisan
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FreeBird
Cadillac Mountain Sunset #acadia #acadianationalpark #ExploringTheFrontier #photocrati #cadillacmountain #sunset #mountain #landscape #trails #hiking #beautiful
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Cadillac Mountain Sunset
I see bubbles #acadia #acadianationalpark #photocrati #ExploringTheFrontier #water #landscape #mountains #fall #trees #longexposure #reflection #beautiful
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I see bubbles
Happy #RoeblingWednesday! Here's one of my favorite photos of the Suspension Bridge, taken on a fall afternoon a few years ago. #Cincinnati #Ohio #Covington #Kentucky #OhioRiver #queencity #cincygram #ohiogram #cincyusa #365Cincinnati #lovecincy #ilovecincinnati #ispycincy #cincyimages #cincyrefined #beohioproud #our_ohio #cincyigers #thisiscincy #cincinnatigems #cincytreasures #photocrati #roeblingbridge #LovetheCov #mynky
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Happy #RoeblingWednesday! Here’s one of my favorite photos of the Suspension Bridge, taken on a fall afternoon a few years ago.

How To Plan & Schedule Instagram Photo Publishing: Bonus w/ Hashtags

At Photocrati we use Instagram quite different than how a photographer would use it.  We Like photos we see, of course, but the photos we share are not always unique.  We use an app called Regram to share photos we really enjoy onto our own feed. These photos are shared with credit and a link back to the original Instagram user.

We also have a weekly roundup of Instagram photos using the hashtag #photocrati.

The video below walks through how I personally go about scheduling my photos on Instagram, and pre-plan with hashtags.

Here is a summary of the process explained in the video

  1. Organize into Lightroom collection, cropped to my liking.
  2. Sync collection with Lightroom Mobile
    1. If from my phone I grab the photo from Lightroom Mobile and download it to my phone.
    2. If I am on desktop then I skip to Latergram’s web interface instead of mobile app.
  3. I load Latergram and choose the photo I want to schedule.
  4. If I want hashtags then I load the keywords from my photo’s metadata.
  5. I then load copy/paste the keywords into a text document
    1. If mobile then I find/replace all commas with blank spaces
      1. I then load Notes which are sync’d via iCloud
      2. I open the Note on my iPhone and copy the keywords and paste them into #Everything, which adds the hashtag
    2. If desktop, then I find/replace all commas with hashtags
  6. Once hashtags are ready, I use those in the Latergram scheduled post.
  7. When the scheduled time is here, Latergram sends a push notification to my phone.  With a few clicks my photo is now posted to Instagram.  It’s important to note that Instagram doesn’t allow auto publishing so Lategram cannot post to Instagram without you manually helping it to.

Please follow me on Instagram and also check out my fellow Photocrati team member, Becky.  Her digital sketches are beautiful! And of course, be sure to follow Photocrati on Instagram and use the hashtag #photocrati to contribute to to the Instagram weekly roundups!

Photocrati Instagram Weekly Round 16

A little fun with the Christmas tree. #christmaslights #bokeh
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A little fun with the Christmas tree.
1st #Coffee of the year #we35 #Photocrati #ExploringTheFrontier #ShutterbugPix
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1st of the year

Explorer #exploringthefrontier #photocrati
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Explorer

We've had a long day ... #we35 #SightsFromNJT #Photocrati #ExploringTheFrontier #ShutterbugPix
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We’ve had a long day …
An evening in Summit #NJ #we35 research #Photocrati #ExploringTheFrontier
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An evening in Summit research
WordPress Crayons #photocrati
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WordPress Crayons
one more before the Christmas lights are packed away again. #holidaylights #HolidayTraditions #Christmas #christmaslights #bokeh #Lights #photocrati #evokingyou #SP_Feature #lightinspired #heyfred_lookatthis #inbeautyandchaos #trains - (testing to see if a user will grab this & repost to his Twitter feed)
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one more before the Christmas lights are packed away again. – (testing to see if a user will grab this & repost to his Twitter feed)
Blood moon rise over tempe A.Z. #fullmoon #moon #az365 #azcentral #arizona #tempe #fox10 #pacrocks #photocrati #photo #photos #pic #pics #picture #pictures #snapshot #art #beautiful #instagood #picoftheday #photooftheday #color #all_shots #exposure #composition #focus #capture #moment
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Blood moon rise over tempe A.Z.
One last string of covered hoppers passes through before SOU 630 can finish her northbound trip on the CNO&TP at Ludlow Shops. #TrainTrackTuesday #mynky #NorfolkSouthern #railroad #roamkentucky #explorekentucky
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One last string of covered hoppers passes through before SOU 630 can finish her northbound trip on the CNO&TP at Ludlow Shops.

Passing through #VSCOcam #nyc omw to #CameraWork #ExploringTheFrontier #Photocrati
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Passing through omw to
Walking the halls #exploringthefrontier #photocrati
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Walking the halls

The Ultimate Social Media Guide for Photographers

social-media-infusion-bookHere at Photocrati we often blog about your websites, but we try to also share content that is related to websites.

For example, how social media can drive traffic and sales on your website.

Today we are happy to share a super awesome book from friends of ours. Christine Tremoulet and Stephanie Ostermann teamed up to write Social Media Infusion.

In the book you will learn some of the strategies you can use to see return on your social media time investment.

You will learn about image advice for social shares as well as tools to help optimize your time, use an editorial calendar and how to use WordPress in your social media efforts.

The book is 96 pages in a PDF format and it is filled with tons of best practices for social media.

Social Media Infusion truly is the ultimate guide to social media for photographers.

The eBook isn’t for everyone, though, and Christine and Stephanie make that very clear on their website.  They state that if you have an advanced understanding for Facebook changes, know it means to have a high Klout score, already ready many social media blogs and also snatch up your username on new social media platforms then you likely don’t need the book.

But I say it’s worth reading anyway. Even if it’s just for the reminder and push to keep doing what you’re doing – or doing it better.

So please head over to Christine’s website to check out Social Media Infusion.

Photocrati Instagram Weekly Round 15

Monday 11/3/14 was a sad day as the old Southern Railway GRS searchlight signals were taken out of service & replaced with new fangled signals. The new signals were hoisted into place starting around 2pm and darkness had already fallen as the torch was taken to the old signal bridge. #Erlanger #kentucky #railroad #signal #trains #nky #mynky #nkyscenes #ErlangerKY #roamkentucky #explorekentucky
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Monday 11/3/14 was a sad day as the old Southern Railway GRS searchlight signals were taken out of service & replaced with new fangled signals. The new signals were hoisted into place starting around 2pm and darkness had already fallen as the torch was taken to the old signal bridge.
Spotted the @norfolksouthern Illinois Terminal heritage unit last week while visiting @cincymuseum's Tower A, the restored former control tower for the Union Terminal rail yard & now the home of the Cincinnati Railroad Club. #Cincinnati #cincymuseum #TowerA #UnionTerminal #CRRC #NorfolkSouthern #IllinoisTerminal #HeritageUnit #railroad #railroadtracks #trainstation
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Spotted the @norfolksouthern Illinois Terminal heritage unit last week while visiting @cincymuseum’s Tower A, the restored former control tower for the Union Terminal rail yard & now the home of the Cincinnati Railroad Club.
Out for a walk #we35 #ExploringTheFrontier #Photocrati
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Out for a walk
Merry xmas ! #fire #steelwool #church #christmas #pacrocks #photocrati #photo #photooftheday #arizona #az365 #chapel #sparks #night #stars
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Merry xmas !
Out for an evening stroll , used a #Nitzstap to stabilize my #SonyA7 and well .... #we35 #ExploringTheFrontier #Photocrati #sonyartisan
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Out for an evening stroll , used a to stabilize my and well ….
Loading chute/ old stockyard. #stockyard #chute #cows #afternoon #montana #sun #beautifulday #livestock #auction #B&W #photocrati #abandoned
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Loading chute/ old stockyard. #B&W
Winter Project. Obtained my Dad's 8mm film archive documenting the early years of our family. Reviewing & editing tonight. Here's a scene of my Dad teaching my sister Jen to shoot a 22 cal. rifle while on vacation @ my grandfather's ranch. Also lots of scenes of San Francisco in the 60's, fascinating footage. Now to digitize it all. #documentary #project #film #8mm #old #history #family #growingup #earlyyears #childhood #memories #analogtodigital #photocrati
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Winter Project. Obtained my Dad’s 8mm film archive documenting the early years of our family. Reviewing & editing tonight. Here’s a scene of my Dad teaching my sister Jen to shoot a 22 cal. rifle while on vacation @ my grandfather’s ranch. Also lots of scenes of San Francisco in the 60’s, fascinating footage. Now to digitize it all.
Yes,yes I am going to work...ugh #we35 #Photocrati #ExploringTheFrontier
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Yes,yes I am going to work…ugh
#Hoboken was nice this morning. #we35 #Photocrati #ExploringTheFrontier
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was nice this morning.
Lovely winter's sunny day
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Lovely winter’s sunny day
The ancient planter of doom ... #we35 #ExploringTheFrontier #Photocrati
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The ancient planter of doom …
Wrong Exit #photocrati #exploringthefrontier #nxnw2014
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Wrong Exit
The 'ugh' moment... #we35 #nyc #monochromatic #ExploringTheFrontier #Photocrati
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The ‘ugh’ moment…
A very British image!!!!  #bigben #londonbus #winstonchurchill #statue #wintersun #jj_colorful #jj_mobilephotography #VSCOcam #igers #igerslondon #igworldclub #ig_photooftheday #insta_crew #london #timeoutlondon #thisislondon #ilovelondon #iphone6plus #iphoneonly #photooftheday #photo_features #photocrati #British
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A very British image!!!!
#goodmorning #we35 #ExploringTheFrontier #Photocrati
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signatures #PhotoWandering #ExploringTheFrontier #Photocrati
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signatures
4 buildings #we35 #ExploringTheFrontier #Photocrati
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4 buildings
This is why people rent bikes in the city #we35 #ExploringTheFrontier #Photocrati #PhotoWandering
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This is why people rent bikes in the city
My favourite cliché London touristy shot  !!! #wintersun #jj_colorful #jj_mobilephotography #VSCOcam #igers #igerslondon #igworldclub #ig_photooftheday #insta_crew #london #timeoutlondon #thisislondon #ilovelondon #iphone6plus #iphoneonly #photooftheday #photo_features #photocrati #tubesign #tfl #transportforlondon #lookingup #lookup_ldn #tube_london #londonunderground #sowhatifiamnotthefirst #jj_lookup #olloclip #wideangle
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My favourite cliché London touristy shot !!!
Last commute of the year #we35 #sonyartisan #SightsFromNJT #Photocrati
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Last commute of the year
In just a few hours we'll cross over from 2014 into the new year. What awaits us on the other side of the bridge? #RoeblingWednesday #Cincinnati #thisiscincinnati #lovethecov #queencityscenes #cincygram #cincyicons #cincinnatigems #cincyusa #queencity_blues #ohiogram #discoverohio #roamkentucky #explorekentucky #queencity #CovingtonKY #Lovecincy #cincylove #mynky
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In just a few hours we’ll cross over from 2014 into the new year. What awaits us on the other side of the bridge?
What's past is prologue . So Long , Good night,see you next year (yes, yes I went for Sake this year) #nye #we35 #Photocrati #ExploringTheFrontier
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What’s past is prologue . So Long , Good night,see you next year (yes, yes I went for Sake this year)

Photocrati Instagram Weekly Round 14

A cold day in NYC #photocrati
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A cold day in NYC
@ the location of today's #CameraWork #we35 #ExploringTheFrontier #Photocrati
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@ the location of today’s
HoP sunset without the crystal ball :) #housesofparliament #bigben #westminsterbridge #sunset #jj_mobilephotography #jj_silhouettes #iphone6plus #insta_crew #igerslondon #ig_photooftheday #igworldclub #london #thisislondon #timeoutlondon #photo_features #photooftheday #instadaily #picoftheday #VSCOcam #photocrati
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HoP sunset without the crystal ball :)
It's cold out ... #VSCOcam #we35 #Photocrati #ExploringTheFrontier #abstract #blackandwhite
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It’s cold out …
I want to go to the City #we35 #ExploringTheFrontier #Photocrati
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I want to go to the City
Simple pleasures #we35 #Photocrati
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Simple pleasures
Saying hi & checking on {redacted} , it's a random Sunday #we35 #ExploringTheFrontier #Photocrati #IsaiahHemmingway
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Saying hi & checking on {redacted} , it’s a random Sunday
A pirate ship in Hawaii #pirates #ship #sunset #hawaii #boat #pirateship #sky #canon #pacrocks #photocrati #photo #photooftheday
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A pirate ship in Hawaii
Stopped by a lake ... I had ideas #we35 #Photocrati #ExploringTheFrontier
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Stopped by a lake … I had ideas
Very few people going to work today? #we35 #ExploringTheFrontier #Photocrati
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Very few people going to work today?
Clandestine #coffee run in #NYC #we35 #ExploringTheFrontier #Photocrati
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Clandestine run in
Out in the streets.... #we35 #ExploringTheFrontier #Photocrati #nyc
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Out in the streets….
Lights on. #church #stainedglass #night #winter #trees #streetphotography #glow #photocrati
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Lights on.
Nightshift. #working #cleaning #crew #night #vacuum #unseen #the98% #minimumwage #photocrati
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Nightshift. #the98%
This day is over #we35 #monochromatic #KeepCalmTakeAPicture #ExploringTheFrontier #Photocrati
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This day is over
jaywalkers of doom #we35 #KeepCalmTakeAPicture #ExploringTheFrontier #Photocrati
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jaywalkers of doom
These boots are made for.... #we35 #KeepCalmTakeAPicture #ExploringTheFrontier #Photocrati
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These boots are made for….
Someone has to work today #we35 #Photocrati #ExploringTheFrontier #KeepCalmTakeAPicture
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Someone has to work today
Merry Xmas to all Instagram friends!! This is a composite of pictures I shot during a visit to #ChristmasAtKew and public domain images. #Snow #effect done in #snowcontrol app, #cutout work in #photoshopmix, #stars done in #lenslight app, and #composite work using #PhotoshopTouch on #iphone6plus. Enjoy!!! #xmas #santa #igers #jj_colorful #igerslondon #presents #pf_arts #insta_crew #instadaily #photocrati #potd #photooftheday #ig_photooftheday
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Merry Xmas to all Instagram friends!! This is a composite of pictures I shot during a visit to and public domain images. done in app, work in #photoshopmix, done in app, and work using on #iphone6plus. Enjoy!!!
With Paddle #photocrati #nxnw2014 #exploringthefrontier
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With Paddle

Happy Holidays & New Year From The Photocrati Family To Yours

It’s that time of year again. When business start finalizing their expenses, preparing for the new year and so on.

With all that is going on, please take a minute to be thankful for everything you have.  Whether it’s family, business, a great job or just being alive.

From the Photocrati Family to yours, we wish you a Happy Holiday and very healthy New Year.

Cheers to 2015!

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To celebrate the holidays and New Year, we’re offering big savings on the Photocrati Theme, NextGEN Plus and Pro. Here are the details:

From the 24th through the 1st, and with no coupon codes required, save 50% Off the Photocrati Theme, making it only $44.50.

You can also save 40% off NextGEN Plus, making it $29 per year and NextGEN Pro, making it $59 per year.

Last, but not least, so we can spend more time with our families during the holidays, support will be closed on Christmas day and New Years day. We will also have limited support hours from the 24th through the 1st.  We will be back in full speed on the 2nd.

Photocrati 4.8.2 Available

What's New With Photocrati

We’re happy to announce that a new version of the Photocrati Theme is now available via automatic update in your WordPress admin section!

Before Installing or Updating

Before installing or updating, we recommend backing up your existing files and database.  We also recommend saving your current customization features as a preset.

*Please note that even after updating, you may still see additional updates available. This is due to caching and will go away within a few hours. To verify that you are running version 4.8.2, visit the Appearance tab of your WordPress admin and the Photocrati theme should display the version number, 4.8.2.

As always, you can also download the newest version of the them from the Photocrati members area and update your theme manually.

What’s New With Photocrati:

This is a minor update with a few bug fixes following version 4.8.1 of the Photocrati Theme, including a compatibility fix for WordPress 4.1.

  • Fix for Edit Gallery screen not working properly under WordPress 4.1
  • Fix for PayPal notifer script typo causing PayPal error emails

Questions:

As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to our support by visiting the members area.