Photocrati Instagram Weekly Round 3

In the eyes of my girl, Tika. #macro #germanshepherd #blackandwhite #dog #bestfriend #eye #reflection
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In the eyes of my girl, Tika.

My dream finally came true; I found a #poppyfield in #tuscany. I couldn't be more happy!! #poppies #papaveri #Toscana #italy. See www.tawnabrown.com/blog.
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My dream finally came true; I found a in #tuscany. I couldn’t be more happy!! #italy. See www.tawnabrown.com/blog.


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#shopping in #florence and came across this Fabulous #windowdisplay of #todds #shoes. #italy #italia #firenze #colorful #window #rainbow.
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in and came across this Fabulous of #shoes. #rainbow.

There is a problem with Lake Surprise #vscocam #photocrati
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There is a problem with Lake Surprise

I see your schwartz is as big as mine
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I see your schwartz is as big as mine

The colors #NX3000 @samsungcamera #vscocam #photocrati
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The colors @samsungcamera

#vscocam
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My beautiful Tika. Still having complications with her ACL surgery. Please send out positive vibes for her. #gsdmalinoislove #germanshepherd #germanshepherddog #gsd #germanshepherdlovers #dog #bestfriend #Shepherdsofinstagram #dogsofinstagram #fall #autumn #yellowknife
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My beautiful Tika. Still having complications with her ACL surgery. Please send out positive vibes for her.

Ever just feel like a little mech monster? #vscocam #toyslagram #toytography #photocrati #godzilla
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Ever just feel like a little mech monster?


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“Breaking Waves” I love when I catch a beautiful wave just as it’s broken against the shore. I can sit for an hour framing and snapping these types of shots until I find one I’m happy with.

A bit later than usual...the Ballet Tree ️️
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A bit later than usual…the Ballet Tree ️️

#Trucking #vscocam #photocrati
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Photocrati Feature – Fixed & Left Side Header

With Photocrati 4.8 out we decided to take an opportunity to share some of the new features we’ve included in the theme.

Many (and we mean many) theme users were asking for the ability to have their menu aligned to the left rather than at the top.

Many others were asking for a way to keep the top header fixed so it doesn’t move when visitors scroll through the website.

So in Photocrati 4.8 we added both of those features, all doable with simple clicks in our theme customizer.

Check out the video:

This opens the doors for theme customization and design and we cannot wait to see what you come up with.

Thanks and enjoy,
Scott

Photocrati Feature – Width, Maximum & Minimum

With Photocrati 4.8 out we decided to take an opportunity to share some of the new features we’ve included in the theme.

One of the biggest requests for the Photocrati theme was to make the content area wider than 960px. So in version 4.8 we decides to give that option to users. But we also wanted to take it to a new level.

So so users have the ability to set the normal width, maximum widget and minimum width. These widths are useful to achieve the exact look you want for your website. They also only impact the desktop version of your website. Once you go to a mobile device the content area automatically becomes 100%.

Speaking of percentage, we also made the options from pixel count only to pixel count or percentage. So you can now say to make your website 80% width, or 90% or whatever you want.

Check out the video:

Visit the customize theme panel to find the new feature.

Thanks and enjoy,
Scott

Photocrati Instagram Weekly Round 2

#tower #bridge #opening #iphoneonly #iphone5 #jj_mobilephotography #igerslondon #igworldclub #instadaily
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#shard #sunset #frame #triangle #jj_mobilephotography #view #from #towerbridge #jj_silhouette #iphone5 #iphoneonly #picoftheday #potd #instadaily #instameet #instacool #igerslondon #igworldclub
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Wish I had a longer lens .... adds ... to wish list .... #vscocam
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“Wish I had a longer lens …. adds … to wish list ….”
Success in #TheArtOfChange is gained by carefully accommodating ourselves to a new purpose. #vscocam Paraphrasing #SunTzu
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“Success in is gained by carefully accommodating ourselves to a new purpose. Paraphrasing”
On a wire
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“On a wire”
In the #ArtOfChange What enables the wise artisan and good craftsman to create and achieve things beyond the reach of ordinary men Is foreknowledge. #vscocam paraphrasing #SunTzu #photocrati #toyslagram #dunny
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“In the What enables the wise artisan and good craftsman to create and achieve things beyond the reach of ordinary men Is foreknowledge. paraphrasing”
Dynalite Baja B4 as a hair light
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“Dynalite Baja B4 as a hair light”

Photocrati Feature – Responsive Galleries

With Photocrati 4.8 out we decided to take an opportunity to share some of the new features we’ve included in the theme.

In this video you’re going to see how your Photocrati galleries are now fully responsive.

This means that when viewed on devices with smaller screens the gallery will shrink down to fit the device screen. This happens on the fly and naturally alongside the rest of the content on your website.

Check out the video:

The coolest part is there is nothing you need to do to make this work. As long as your site is set to the modern skin then it’s now fully responsive

Thanks and enjoy,
Scott

Blogging Advice: Add Context To Your Content

Blogging Advice: Add Context To Your ContentWorking at Photocrati I am typically blogging for photographers on a regular basis.

However, every so often I write articles, as guest articles, that need to relate to many other industries.

Actually, even the photography specific articles can technically relate to other industries but many people overlook that.

Today I want to share some simple advice on how to add context to your blog content without making it too difficult on yourself.

Add Context To Your Content

Some of these tips come from the fact that so many photographers are visual learners instead of book learners.  So the context I will talking about are things you can do on top of the text portion of your blog article.

1. Audio

Open up Quicktime or another audio recording application on your computer and start talking about the same topic your blog article is about.  Once you are happy with the results upload the file to Soundcloud and then embed the audio file into your blog article.  Now your readers have a way to listen and read at the same time.

2. Video

Take the audio idea to the next level by recording yourself talking about the topic with video as well.  I use software called Screenflow which allows  me to record video from a webcam at the same time as recording computer sounds, a microphone and my computer screen.  I can then edit the video all in the the software and upload it directly to YouTube.  I highly recommend Screenflow for Mac users and using YouTube since it is the most popular video website and the second most popular search engine.  So you get that added SEO benefit.

Embed the video in your blog content and let readers also watch you talk about the topic.

3. Slides

Create a simple PowerPoint or Keynote presentation and upload it to SlideShare.  Using a website like that has many benefits including the large social network of slide searching, navigating slide by slide and one other large one.  With SlideShare any links included in the presentation are converted into regular text links, which provide a search engine friendly backlink.

4. PDF

If your blog content can be converted into a PDF checklist or something like that, then use Scribd to share it with your blog content.  Like SlideShare, Scribd will convert your PDF to text which helps add more text to your website, but in a more visual way, and creates backlinks if a link is in the PDF.

5. Infographic

Infographics are extremely popular because they visually show information that would otherwise be in an excel spreadsheet or in paragraph form.  Infographics are some of the most Pin’d items at Pinterest but are not the easiest thing to create.  Fortunately companies like Infogr.am, Piktochart and Visual.ly make Infographic creation a little bit easier.  I’d start there before hiring Infographic designers to create one for you.

6. Photographs

As mentioned earlier that I typically write for photographers, since Photocrati creates and sells WordPress photography templates.  On a photography blog it would be strange to not see a photograph included with any article.  Elsewhere a photograph can help illustrate the topic better than just text, or add that special boost to help get the point across.  The best part about photographs is that you don’t need to use a site like Flickr or 500px to embed them.  Pretty much ever content management system has a way to insert image files into blog content.

7. Hangouts

You might think Google Plus Hangouts would fall under the video category, and you could be right.  However I am separating it because they are also very different.  When I talked about videos I talked about you recording a video of yourself talking and/or screencasting to illustrate and elaborate on your topic.  With a Google Plus Hangout you are talking with other people about a topic.  So for example, if you are writing about blogging advice then you could have a recorded conversation with other bloggers sharing their advice.  You can then embed the Hangout like you would any other YouTube video.

8. Embedding Social

The last item on my list is embedding social posts and this is a fun, but tricky one.  I say that because the social networks do not make it terribly obvious on how to embed their posts.  But here are a few links to help you out:

Not only can these add a more visual form of getting your topic across, but it provides a way for your readers to interact through social media without leaving your website.

So there we go – 8 awesome ways that you can add more context to your blog content.  Each of these are visual and interactive.  Take advantage of the free services and embed, create and make it happen.

Bonus Tip: Offer something extremely valuable to your website visitors and watch the leads conversion rate start to raise.  Read more about that.  Here is the perfectl example for wedding photographers.

Thanks for reading,

Scott

Photocrati Instagram Weekly Round 1

My favorite WordPress host #photocrati #wpengine
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“My favorite WordPress host”

Mascot #photocrati
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“Mascot”

The lights.... #vscocam
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“The lights….”

#Silence has fallen ... I have walked off into the Bokeh... A Career has ended & a new adventure begins on Monday! #vscocam
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“has fallen … I have walked off into the Bokeh… A Career has ended & a new adventure begins on Monday!”

Table deco #vscocam #instaphoto #iphoto #photocrati
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“Table deco”

Mid engagement session #hoboken
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“Mid engagement session”

Wish I had a longer lens .... adds ... to wish list .... #vscocam
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“Wish I had a longer lens …. adds … to wish list ….”

Success in #TheArtOfChange is gained by carefully accommodating ourselves to a new purpose. #vscocam Paraphrasing #SunTzu
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“Success in is gained by carefully accommodating ourselves to a new purpose. Paraphrasing”

2014 Photo Plus Expo Photowalk

photo-plus-expo-photowalkAre you going to the 2014 Photo Plus Expo in New York City?

If so, please join Scott for a photowalk with Nick from the Photographers Adventure Club on November 1 at 4:30pm EST.

The photowalk is starting at the 110th Street Central Park subway stop. To get there, take the B or C train from Penn Station (NYC) to the 110th Street stop.

The group will make our through Central Park walking by one of the lakes and the reservoir. The route will end at 81st which is the location of the Museum of Natural History.

Photo Plus Expo typically gets pretty chilly weather in NYC so please be prepared by dressing accordingly.

For more information and to RSVP please visit the event page:

Photocrati Feature: Turn Responsive On and Off

With Photocrati 4.8 out we decided to take an opportunity to share some of the new features we’ve included in the theme.

In this video you’re going to see how you can easily turn responsive capability on and off.

When we decided to add responsive capability into the theme we didn’t want to force all theme users to use it. Because when it comes down to it, not everyone wants that feature.

So we converted the standard Photocrati theme into what is now called legacy and modern.

Legacy – how the theme was prior to version 4.8, with a non-responsive view that doesn’t shrink on mobile devices.

Modern – a fully responsive design where the content and images will shrink and the menu will adjust for mobile devices.

The neatest part is we made the switch literally a couple clicks. One to choose legacy or modern (legacy is on by default for upgrades and modern is default on new installs), and one to confirm the change.

Check out the video:

It is worth noting that if you are running a preset that is untouched or customized in anyway then you are better off simply re-choosing that preset rather than just switching from legacy to modern. The reason is because once you switch to modern further customization is required to the theme.

New custom CSS blocks will be used rather than the original legacy custom CSS blocks. The menu will change because it’s now a responsive menu, and potentially other things won’t look identical. If you are already using a customized preset then you’ll have to customize further for the new responsive feature.

We hope you enjoy Photocrati 4.8 – please be sure to comment with a link to your new website using 4.8 or send us a link on social media. We’d love to share it with the Photocrati community.

Thanks and enjoy,
Scott

Photocrati Instagram Weekly Roundup

Welcome to the new Instagram Weekly Roundup. We want to share your favorite Instagram photos. To join in the fun, post your photographs on Instagram using the hashtag #photocrati. All the photos you share will be aggregated and we will pick our favorites to include in the Instagram roundup each week. We will include a link to your Instagram account, the filter used, your caption and of course a link to the original photo on Instagram.

We can’t wait to see your photos!

Follow us @photocrati on Instagram!

T-shirts ordered #photocrati
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T-shirts ordered

Harper sporting my #Photocrati hat on Easter at the zoo
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Harper sporting my hat on Easter at the zoo