10 Tips Supercharge Your Photography Website – Free eBook

We are happy to share the release of an eBook.  10 Tips Supercharge Your Photography Website is a free eBook with amazing advice from our friends.

10 incredible photographers shared their thoughts on how you, as a photographer, can improve your website.

10 Tips To Supercharge Your Photography Website

In the eBook, you will learn from:

  • Jamie Swanson
  • Andrew Funderburg
  • Angela Pointon
  • C.C. Chapman
  • Zach Prez
  • Brian Matiash
  • Chris Frailey
  • Justin Balog
  • Rosh Sillars
  • Jodi Friedman
“A highly informative book without being overwhelming. It’s back to basics for the modern age.” – Traci Law

“Great tips for photographers of all sorts – whether you shoot people, artwork, or landscapes, these website strategies will apply to your site.” – Aaron Hockley

“I am now working on a new, and better, web strategy after digesting these tips and tricks for a third time tonight!” – Chris Nitz

Learn more and download your free Photography Website eBook today.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the eBook,

Scott & The Photocrati Team

PS.  If you’re interested in contributing to the second volume of the free eBook, get in touch with us.

Photocrati User, Sean Crane, Featured In Shutterbug Magazine AGAIN

It wasn’t long ago that we shared the cool feature that Photocrati user, Sean Crane, had in Shutterbug Magazine.

Now, he and the Photocrati theme are being featured again. Below are screenshots from the October 2012 issue of Shutterbug Magazine.

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If you are a subscriber, open up to page 26 for the section where Sean’s website is included.

Congrats again Sean, from all of us on the Photocrati team.

For those who would like to see Sean’s website and photography, visit Sean Crane Photography and browse around.

Thanks for reading,

Scott

New York City Sunset Photowalk on August 14, 2012

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We are happy to share that Photocrati team member, Scott, will be joining Trey Ratcliff of Stuck in Customs in New York City for a sunset photowalk.

Guess what? You’re invited!

Scott planned a fun route for the walk and Trey has posted the event to Google Plus. Please note that having a Google Plus account is not required to join the event. That is just the easiest place to organize the event, collect RSVPs to get a ballpark count of attendance and for photos to be shared afterwards.

What to bring: Any camera, even mobile phones, and a tripod if you prefer (this is a sunset photowalk after all)

Who to bring:  It’s a family-friendly event, so bring your photo-curious kids, friends, or anyone!

When:  August 14, 2012 starting at 6PM New York time!  The sun sets at 7:54 PM that day.

Cost: Free

Where: We’ll start in the World Trade Center area and end up in Battery Park.  Here is more exact info below:

Google Map Spot:  http://goo.gl/maps/PEdHO

24 Cortlandt St
New York, NY 10006

If you do streetview and look across the street from Century 21, there is a long wall where we can meet: http://goo.gl/maps/Kauff

Sharing Afterwards:  Attach your photos to the Google Plus event and/or on Flickr, 500px or wherever else using the tag #TRNewYorkPhotowalk

Have you ever been on a Photowalk? Curious what is is?  Photowalks are basically social events for photographers to meet up and shoot, share and love the art.

All About Tabletop Photography

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A while back we mentioned the sponsoring of Don Giannatti’s CreativeLIVE course on tabletop photography.

The course was a success, but we aren’t surprised because Don is a fantastic teacher.

In the tabletop photography class, Don started with an introduction to tabletop lighting, the tools, scrims, and DIY gear.  He then went on to educate the class on the the basic concepts of Tabletop Product Photography, finishing with advanced topics and tips like using  kicker lights, snoots, and grids.

We recommend heading back to CreativeLIVE to order the class video recording and materials.

Learn about:

  • The basics of subject centric light
  • Simple table top tools
  • Product vs. still life
  • Tabletop photography
  • Tabletop lighting
  • The business side of product and still life photography

In Don’s presentation you will see how he sets up for tabletop, what lights he uses and best of all, why he does what he does.

How about some presentation samples?

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If these screenshots intrigue you, then please visit CreativeLIVE and purchase Don’s class.  You won’t be disappointed.

Don’t forget that you can learn even more by joining Don on his websites:

http://www.dongiannattiphotography.com/
http://www.lighting-essentials.com/
http://wordpressthemesforphotographers.com/
http://wizwow.blogspot.com/
http://project52.org/

 

Our First NextGEN Gallery Update Now Available

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Real quick update today. For those Photocrati users that are also using the NextGEN Gallery plugin, this is for you.

Today we announced our first update since acquiring the plugin.

For full details and instructions, visit the NextGEN Gallery 1.9.5 announcement.

Thanks for the support,

The Photocrati Team

Photocrati User, Sean Crane, Featured In Shutterbug Magazine

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We always love to hear when our customers are featured on websites, newspapers, magazines, etc.  For quite some time now, Sean Crane’s website has been in the Photocrati showcase, but when he told us about his new feature in Shutterbug Magazine, we are very excited to share this with the community.

If you’re a subscriber to Shutterbug Magazine, check out page 28 of the August, 2012 issue.

If you’re not a subscriber, we recommend stopping by your local store to pick up a copy, because it’s a great issue.  You can read about the top products of the year in addition to Sean’s feature.

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In the article featuring Sean’s website, it mentions his portrait from the about page.  We have to agree with the statement, that is very impressive.  You can see the portrait at the top of this article.

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In closing, we want to say congratulations to Sean on a great feature in an awesome and highly respected photography magazine.

For those who would like to see Sean’s website and photography, visit Sean Crane Photography and browse around.

Thanks for reading,

Scott

Photocrati Acquires NextGEN Gallery

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We’re thrilled to announce to the Photocrati community some big news that has been in the works for nearly six months: Photocrati has acquired the NextGEN Gallery WordPress plugin!

As most of you know, NextGEN Gallery is the single most popular gallery management plugin for WordPress with over 5 million downloads. The acquisition is part of our effort to consolidate the best WordPress solutions for photographers under one roof.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR PHOTOCRATI USERS?

Needless to say, the acquisition has big implications for the community of Photocrati users.

Best of Both Worlds. Our ultimate goal is to bring you the best of NextGEN and Photocrati, plus lots of improvements on both, all as a seamless part of the Photocrati theme. We are currently working on Photocrati 5.0. This major update will replace the existing Photocrati Gallery systems with a new system that merges both NextGEN and Photocrati.

NextGEN Gallery Management. NextGEN will act as the underlying engine for gallery management in the theme. That means Photocrati users will automatically have access to lots of new functionality, including centralized gallery management, the ability to custom crop thumbnails, and the ability to apply watermarks to images, all of which have been popular feature requests within our community. In addition, you will be able to display images using NextGEN-style galleries.

Photocrati Displays & Functionality. We’ll be layering Photocrati-style functionality on top of NextGEN. That means you will still be able to display galleries using Photocrati slideshow, thumbnail, filmstrip, blog-style, and ecommerce style displays.

New and Improved Ecommerce. As part of this project, we’ll also be introducing a more powerful and elegant ecommerce solution with options like the ability to enable ecommerce across all gallery types and to buy and download digital images.

BIG PLANS FOR NEXTGEN TOO!

We’ll also be making some major improvements to NextGEN Gallery itself. For more on our plans with NextGEN, see our announcement on the NextGEN blog here: Plans for NextGEN.

IS THERE A TIME FRAME FOR ALL OF THIS?

The integration of NextGEN and Photocrati represents a huge project. Our software engineering team has already been working on this for months, and we plan to move into testing phase in mid-summer. We’re refraining from committing to any dates for a final launch since we just don’t know how long certain components of the project will take.

We know you’ll be looking forward to the update, and we will keep you posted on the progress via our blog and email updates.

To ensure that we get through this project as quickly as possible, we also want to let the community know that we’ll be avoiding, if possible, intermediate updates between now and the launch of Photocrati 5.0.

WE’RE HIRING AND LOOKING FOR BETA TESTERS

As part of this expansion, we’re hiring for a range of positions over the coming six months, including software engineers, happiness engineers, a systems administrator and a webmaster. If you are interested, please check out our jobs page.

We also plan to introduce a beta testing program. If you are interested in being a beta tester, please contact us.

We’ll have more news soon. If you are not already, please stay informed by joining us on Twitter, Facebook or Google+.

Photocrati Sponsoring CreativeLIVE With Don Giannatti

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Don Giannatti, also known as Wizwow, is a commercial photographer and graphic designer out of Arizona. Don is kind, funny, honest and on top of everything, enjoys educating other photographers. That is why we are proud to sponsor his next class on CreativeLIVE.

From June 21st to the 24th, Don will be teaching a free class to the online CreativeLIVE community. As I said, it is free to watch live, so just visit the class page to enroll.

The class is called Tabletop Product Photography. On June 21st Don will lead a half-day introduction to tabletop lighting covering tools, scrims, DIY gear and how to organize your shoot around a tabletop to bring everyone up to speed. Then June 22-24 Don will teach you the basic concepts of product and still life photography. Finally, Don will ramp up to more advanced topics adding extras such as kicker lights, snoots, and grids that can bring your work up a notch.

To top it all off, we will be giving away one free Photocrati WordPress theme each day of the class. So make sure you watch, listen and interact during the class for your chance to win.

Thanks for reading and see you there,
Scott

Updated Swagger Means More To Come

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The Photocrati website has gone through a redesign process.

Why is this important to you?

Our intentions are to make the experience for you easier, faster and more enjoyable.

So with that in mind, we worked hard to clean up the flow of the website.  The colors are bright and inviting.  The images pop off the screen.

In addition, we cleaned up the page menu and blog – making it easier for you to find what you’re looking for.

With over 12,000 photographers using the Photocrati theme, we know that it is important to provide new features and new looks.  So with that said, we have big news coming soon!  I guarantee you do not want to miss it.

*Teaser Alert* Photocrati’s relationship with the photography community is about to grow immensely. You might even say it’s growing by 5 million.

Thanks for reading,

Scott

Introducing Photocrati 4.2!

We’re happy to announce the release of Photocrati 4.2! After the release of 4.1, we decided to move toward shorter update and release cycles. So this update comes just two months after the release of Photocrati 4.1. For a list of what’s new in Photocrati 4.2, visit our Developer’s Corner.

How to Update Your Photocrati WordPress Theme

If you are an existing Photocrati customer, you can update automatically by logging into your WordPress dashboard, going to Help / Support, and clicking the green auto-update button! You can also download the latest version of the theme from the Member’s Area.