Photocrati Theme On Sale for 2014 Black Friday

We’re happy to share that today through Monday that the Photocrati Theme is on sale at 50% off.

In the United States we are celebrating Thanksgiving, so this is our small way of saying thank you

Purchase your subscription to the Photocrati Theme and be grandfathered in at the discounted price.

Photocrati Theme On Sale for 2014 Black Friday

We also have a Black Friday deal going on for our gallery plugins, NextGEN Plus and NextGEN Pro at 40% off.

NextGEN Plus & Pro On Sale for Black Friday

How To Attend 2014 PhotoPlus Expo Free


Scott and Tether Tools partnered for a giveaway of a free 2014 PhotoPlus Expo Full Conference Pass.

The giveaway ends tomorrow, so definitely register to try and win as soon as you can.

The full pass does not include travel, hotel or food. But the pass itself is worth $549 and gets you full access to classes, keynotes and of course the expo floor.

Visit the giveaway page for more details and to register.

This Photography Offer Ends In 5 Days

This starts at noon today!

Last year the photography industry was introduced to a new concept called the 5 Day Deal. Some people were turned off by the amount of promotion that came from it, but not everyone. In fact, the 5 Day Deal raised thousands of dollars for charity. So this year the stakes are higher and now the deal is back with a vengeance. The goal is to do far better than last year’s charity donation, with over $100,000.

There are many amazing contributors, including our very own Scott Wyden Kivowitz offering his presets and two of his ebooks. How it works is simple…

The deal lasts for 5 days long (that’s the obvious part), and for the 5 days you have the ability to purchases over $2,000 worth of products for under $100. When purchasing you have the choice to choose which of the charities you would like to donate to. Or you can have the 5 Day Deal team split it evenly between the charities.

There will be a live counter showing how much money was raised for charity. At the end of the 5 days an announcement will be sent to all purchasers with the total donation amounts. It’s pretty cool!

Some of the products included come from photographers like Zack Arias, Trey Ratcliff, Nicole S Young, Joel Grimes, David Duchemin and so many others.


These amazing photographers have compiled together 39 different photography products; including training, tools, and much more, into an awesome deal only available for the 5 days.  Included in the bundle are:

  • Over 70 hours of training video
  • 14 Photography ebooks
  • 300+ Lightroom Presets
  • 500+ Textures

and so much more.

The deal starts today, October 15 at 12pm EST and ends October 20 at 12pm EST.

We really hope that you take a good look at the deal and either pick one up for yourself or gift it to someone because either way you’re donating to charities that could use the donations.

Learn more here.

Photocrati Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals – Some From Our Friends Too

For the first time ever we are offering a big discount on the Photocrati theme.  But that’s not all we’re offering!  In honor of Black Friday & Cyber Monday we are also offering deals on the Photographer’s SEO Community and NextGEN Gallery Pro.  Each of our deals are available from November 29th – December 2nd, 2013.

Below are those details, and following that are other deals from our friends.

Photocrati Black Friday

For Black Friday & Cyber Monday you can take 27% off the Photocrati theme, making it $65. To top off the deal we are throwing in our SEO eBook which is normally $39 at the Photographer’s SEO Community.  The price will automatically be applied to those purchasing.

Photocrati is a uniquely powerful WordPress theme used by over 17,000 photographers. It’s an all-in-one solution: website & galleries & blog. With it you can create your portfolio, sell photographs with eCommerce galleries and so much more. There are 60 beautiful, built-in styles to get started, additional styles in the free design library and you can customize everything easily without knowing code.

Photo SEO Black Friday

Speaking of the Photographer’s SEO Community, we’re also offering 55% off the annual membership to the community.  The community includes our eBooks, videos, private forums, SEO hubs and more. So instead of $99 a year you can join and improve your photography website’s SEO for only $44.55 a year by using the coupon code BFRIDAY.

The community is filled with tons of educational information and guidance to help your photography website rank higher in search engines.  See what’s included in the Photo SEO community.

NextGEN Gallery Black Friday

Last, but definitely not least, is a large 25% discount on our premium plugin, NextGEN Gallery Pro.  Normally priced at $39 a year, but now only $29 a year for a limited time.  The price will automatically be applied to those purchasing.

NextGEN Gallery is the most popular WordPress gallery plugin available with over 8 million downloads!  NextGEN Gallery Pro is the premium upgrade to the free plugin with enhanced and modern gallery styles, an exclusive Pro Lightbox and so much more.  NextGEN Gallery Pro is a complete gallery management and portfolio solution with over 10 beautiful gallery and album display types, and all full responsive.  The Pro Lightbox is fullscreen and includes individual photo commenting and social sharing.

To recap, here are the deals:

These deals are only valid from November 29th to December 2nd so take advantage of them before it’s too late.

To keep the Black Friday & Cyber Mondays deals coming, here are some that our friends are offering:

  • The Law Tog – 30% all photography contrast using BlackFri30
  • The Modern Tog – Save over $50 on business, finances and marketing products.
  • Psychology for Photographers – $50 off Irresistible Website & Irresistible Words, $109 off Business Library Pack
  • Photography Spark SEO eBook – 60% off SEO Cookbook
  • MCP Actions – 10% storewide on all Lightroom presets and Photoshop actions using the coupon code mcpthanks
  • Steel Toe Images – Pay-what-you-wish Angela’s Worth More eBook + free bonus worksheet
  • Scott Wyden Imagery – 20% off eBooks and presets using the code THANKSGIVINGUKKAH
  • Think Tank Photo –  $50 rebate on rolling camera bags or $100 if combined with an Urban Disguise shoulder bag.
  • Borrow Lenses – 10% off rentals + 4 extra days using the coupon code TURKEYGEAR13
  • Colorvale Actions – 40% off using the coupon code HAPPYTHANKS40 on Black Friday only
  • Topaz Labs – $50 off their complete Collection using the promo code blackfriday2013
  • Laura Novak Education – 40% wedding photography tools using the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY
  • Photography Concentrate –  40% off photography tutorials through Cyber Monday
  • A Small Orange – GOBBLE13 for a discount on shared hosting, TREAT13 for a discount on add-ons and CHEER14 for a discount on hybrid and dedicated plans
  • My Photo Biz Coach – 50% off the Be A  Rock Star Self-Study Workshop
  • Capturing Beauty – 50% off anything in the shop
  • Amazon has a variety of Black Friday deals.
  • Design Aglow Frame & Paper Shop – 15% everything in both shops using the coupon code THANKS
  • WP Engine – 4 months of free WordPress hosting using the coupon code cyberhostspecial13
  • Pixifi – 25% off online studio management system
  • Bluehost – 50% their annual hosting plan making it $3.95 per month and includes a free 1 year domain registration

The Photocrati Sandbox Preset For Creating Your Own

With Photocrati 4.6, we added new styling and a new 10 Stop preset. By adding a new import/export preset option makes it possible for users to create, buy, sell and trade presets with other users.

While we already have a variety of presets built-in, we wanted to give you a Sandbox preset to get your creativity going.

Think of the preset like an empty whiteboard, canvas or picture frame.

Fill in the blanks with colors or if you understand CSS add advanced styling as well.


Click here to download Photocrati Sandbox.

Then visit the previous article on importing and exporting to see how to add the Sandbox to your theme.

Photocrati 4.6 Preset Video Walkthrough

The Photocrati 4.6 update includes the ability for users to import and export presets.

This feature is great for a few reasons.

  1. Users can buy presets
  2. Users can sell presets
  3. Users can trade presets
  4. Users can back up their custom settings in a preset

In the video below, you will see how utilize the import/export preset feature.

Please note that currently the presets will not export your custom images. For example, if you include a background image in the header, the preset will not include it. However, if you take advantage of custom CSS then it will be included.

We hope you enjoy this feature, and we believe you will because it opens up a wide range of opportunities for you to further stylize your Photocrati driven website.

Thanks for viewing,



New Photocrati Preset, 10 Stop

We’ve mentioned that the Photocrati theme, version 4.6, has updated styling.

Today I am happy to share with you the newest preset built into the theme. We called it 10 Stop because it reminded me of the smoothness you would get if photographing skies and water with a 10 stop neutral density filter.

Below are screenshots of the different looks of 10 Stop. Click on a thumbnail to bring up the full live demo of each.

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In addition to the preset using the Photocrati theme’s new default font styles, 10 Stop has an elegant light gray header and a darker footer. The text color flows nicely with the grays and white, and the links are a light blue.

You might have guessed, but I’m a long exposure photographer, and decided to use the 10 Stop preset with some custom CSS and colors here and there. So if you would like to see a website using the new preset, outside of a demo, then click over to my website and check it out.


The Photocrati 4.6 Updated Styling

Photocrati 4.6 came with new default styling in the header, footer, comments, sidebar and a few other places.

The new look is modern and extremely flexible, as we have also included a wide range of new Google Fonts. The new default font is Open Sans from Google.


Original Photocrati Styling


Photocrati 4.6 Styling

The new styles include a cleaner search box and comment area in addition to bullets within widgets like in the Recent Posts widget.


Original Photocrati Sidebar Styling


Photocrati 4.6 Sidebar Styling

Last, but not least – take a look at how a large slideshow looks on the home page.  The new text styling modernizes the look of a slideshow gallery.


Original Photocrati Slideshow


Photocrati 4.6 Slideshow

To see the new styles in action, please visit the Photocrati demos.

If you update your website to 4.6, your font styling should not be adjusted. However, you will notice the new comment, bulleted widget and search design.

Announcing SEO and Web Marketing Workshops for Photographers

seo-web-marketing-workshops-photographersI am so happy to announce an exciting new workshop series, the Supercharge Workshops, expanding on our eBook and virtual course, Supercharge Your photography Website.

The Supercharge Workshops are powerful web marketing workshops for photographers focused on strategies for boosting traffic, sales, social followers, clients, and business. Plus we’ve selected spectacular venues and invite participants for a fun and informal photowalk after the workshops.

We’ll be launching our first workshops in Denver, Colorado and Hamilton, New Jersey. And the marvelous Vanessa Joy will be joining us for the Workshop in New Jersey!

Read on for details or visit the official page.

Go To Official Supercharge Workshops Page

Supercharge Your Photography Website

We’ve jam packed our one-day workshop with great topics.

  • Traffic, conversion, and follow up. We’ll focus on three stages in the marketing process: driving traffic though SEO, advertising, blogging, and social media; converting traffic into clients and sales; and following up to build relationships with clients and keep them coming back.
  • Specific topics include SEO, keyword selection, site optimization, link building, image SEO, social media and social signals, blogging, content marketing, email marketing and follow up, paid advertising, conversion rate optimization, social proof, and more.
  • Workshop includes a mix of presentations and tons of Q&A time.
  • Live case studies will be conducted as we evaluate some of the participants websites and give hands-on recommendations for how to improve site performance for traffic and conversion.
  • Great Instructors. Learn from Photocrati CEO Erick Danzer and New Jersey Photographer and Photocrati’s Community and Blog Wrangler Scott Wyden. For the New Jersey workshop, Erick and Scott will be joined by fantastic wedding photographer and speaker, Vanessa Joy.

Join Us for a Photowalk!

After the workshop, Scott & Erick will be hosting an informal photowalk around the venues. The Denver workshop will be at Red Rocks Park, and the New Jersey workshop at Grounds for Sculpture. Both locations are beautiful, colorful and inspirational. What a better way to spend your Monday than with education and photography.

We’re Throwing Other Great Stuff In Too!

Every attendee of our Supercharge Workshops, receives the following perks.

  • Free Access to Sculpture Gardens/Rocks
  • Lunch is Included
  • Copy of the Photographer’s SEO eBook – $39 value
  • 1 Year of the Photographer’s SEO Community – $99 value
  • 1 Year of Photocrati – $89 value
  • The Laundry List eBook by Rachel Brenke – $9.99 value
  • Chic Magazine for phone/iPad – $12 value
  • Exclusive 33% discount on the FooBox WordPress plugin (all license levels: Personal, Multi, & Business)
  • Boudoir Posing Guide from Boudie Shorts

In addition, we have partnered with the following companies to provide one lucky winner of each workshop with:

Upcoming Workshops in Colorado and New Jersey!

If either of these workshops interest you, then I highly recommend signing up before the seats fill up.

Supercharge: Denver, Colorado

Seating area of the amphitheatre Red Rocks Park, Colorado Springs
Photos by Maarten Heerlien and Salim Virji

June 24, 2013 from 10am to 3pm (photowalk following the workshop)
Red Rocks Amphitheatre & Visitor Center
Rock Room
2605 Red Rocks Park Road
Morrison, CO 80465


$149 until May 31

Register for the CO workshop

Supercharge: Hamilton, New Jersey

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July 29, 2013 from 10am to 3pm (photowalk following the workshop)
Grounds for Sculpture
Gallery B
18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, NJ 08619


$199 until May 31

Register for the NJ workshop

Feedback on Past Products and Trainings

“This is a good overview of SEO for photographers. The sequencing is well thought out, starting with basics like keywords and onsite SEO and then moving onto more advanced topics such as link building.” – Aaron Hockley describing the SEO for photographers virtual course.

“…very comprehensive and touches upon the very basics like getting a domain and setting up your website, all the way to the nitty gritty of social media and seo. This is excellent for photographers starting out on the web.” – Alexa Fischer describing the Supercharge Your Photography Website virtual course.

“If you are a photographer, and you want to increase your chances of appearing higher in search engines, Photographers SEO Book gives you all the tools to help. With this information I am re-working blog posts, ALT tags, and the way I think about SEO.” – Jodi Friedman describing the Photographer’s SEO eBook

“…I was unfamiliar with the ways to best use WordPress for a photography site. The SEO and marketing information was particularly valuable, because I know I always neglect those aspects.” – Steve Alcorn describing the Supercharge Your Photography Website virtual course.

Fine Art Photography Exhibition by Carl Shubs

Carl Shubs is a Photocrati member and asked to share a short announcement about his fine art photography exhibition and some of his thoughts of the WordPress theme. If you are in the West Hollywood area, please check out his work in person. Over to you, Carl.

I’m happy to announce that my solo Fine Art Photography Exhibition is now up and running in the Los Angeles area. It opened February 9 and will be continuing through May 15, 2013, at US Bank, West Hollywood Branch, 8901 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069. You can view it Mon-Thurs., 9-5; Fri., 9-6; or Sat., 9-1. There are 14 images on display, ranging in size from approximately 8×10 inches to 5×4 feet. Subject matter covers a wide range of topics including iconic landmarks, people, nature, and unusual perspectives on life and the city around us. The largest is the one below.


Please see Press Release for more information. While you’re there, feel free to visit the rest of the site and to forward the press release to anyone you think might be interested.

There will be an open house reception on Thursday evening, April 11, from 6:30-9:00 PM, so save the date if you’ll be in Los Angeles. If you’d like an invitation with all the specifics of the evening, just send me an email, and I’ll be happy to send one along when those are ready though you can also just come on in that night. In the meantime, you can stop by the bank during their regular business hours.

So what does this have to do with Photocrati, you might ask? Well, for years I had been looking to create a web site that would give me the professional look, aesthetic style, depth of photo database, ease of functionality and editing, and e-commerce capabilities I had been looking for. As I was starting to have my work shown, I was feeling hopeless that I’d ever find a template that would give me that, and then I found Photocrati. It gave me all that and more. When this opportunity with the bank came along, I was ready for it. I had the site I wanted. It let me show some of the diversity of my photographs as well as giving the people at the bank the sense of professionalism that helped to close the deal.

One of the other things I like about Photocrati is the sense of help and support among their team and this community. These are things I believe in and want to be part of. So, come visit the exhibit and the website, and please let me know about yours.


Carl Shubs