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UPDATED: 19 January 2024 | PUBLISHED: 13 October 2022
Online Gallery, Sales, Slideshow & Blogging Tool for Photographers
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Heard of it but wondering what Pic-Time actually does?!
I ran an (arguably excessively) detailed webinar hosted by The Photography Business Coach - Mark Rossetto and you'll find the replay BELOW.
What to expect in webinar replay:
- General overview
- Sales apps + automations
- Art Gallery
- Pros, cons, alternatives + pricing
"Katrina did a very thorough presentation. I'll be watching this again."- Jude Conning, Photographer
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Intro to Pic-Time
Pic-Time is a beautifully styled, powerful online gallery, store / e-commerce and marketing platform for photographers - commercial, domestic, fine art...you name it.
Basically, by seamlessly combining contemporary design AND smart technology, Pic-Time helps photographers elevate, market and sell their work - in both digital and physical formats.
Pic-Time Discount Code
Once you've done your free 30-day trial and want to officially sign up to Pic-Time, you can punch in my partner code to receive another free month of your plan.
Get one FREE MONTH of Pic-Time with code: KATFERG
P.S If you have a friend or colleague already using Pic-Time, they'll have a code of their own too so you can easily swap mine out for theirs if you prefer. No worries 👍🏼.
Furthermore, as a new user you'll be allocated a unique randomised referral code, which makes it super easy to share the love and be rewarded - should you feel so inclined.
Pricing & Plans
Head straight to the Pic-Time plans and pricing page to see the current pricing and to compare available plans (client galleries, art galleries, and bundles including both) side-by-side.
Client gallery and art gallery stand-alone plans both offer a FREE option for the primary purpose of providing an opportunity for users to continue to get familiar with the system.
The free client gallery plan can be used actively i.e. with clients and guests.
Presently a 15% sales commission is collected by Pic-Time on sales ONLY when utilising a free client gallery plan.
There are NO commissions once users are on a paid plan (nor during your trial period.)
A Lab Near You
Pic-Time currently integrates their curated product selection with more than 30 professional photo labs and suppliers globally.
You also have the flexibility to self-fulfil any products you like, from any supplier you like.
Consequently, you're not 'locked in' to choosing an integrated supplier at all.
Integrate with one supplier, three, ten...or none at all.
Such is the power of Pic-Time: design and use it as best suits you and your clients.
For sake of limiting shipping costs, generally it may be best to choose a supplier in your country (though most ship globally regardless).
So if you find a swoon-worthy product from a lab half-way 'round the world that you just HAVE to have in your store...you can.
Set Up Help - A Formal Intro to Pic-Time
If you'd like one-to-one help getting your account and galleries set up, Pic-Time has a professional services team available to 'hand-hold' you through the process.
This optional paid service is for those who don't have the time, patience or propensity to use the free resources available to help them get started. (Scroll down to the 'Free Resources' section of this post to find out more.)
Utilising the professional services team is a great idea for those who want a fast-tracked, personalised option and / or those who learn best when doing or being shown 'in-person' (rather than by reading or watching video.)
Gallery Migration - Switching to Pic-Time
Sign up for a monthly plan and have your galleries migrated for $2 ea. Those on yearly plans can migrate for $1 per gallery and if you sign up for two years of any plan, migration is 50c per gallery.
If you have more than 300 galleries to migrate, you'll receive an extra 15% discount.
These are providers from which the PT team can migrate for you:
Your existing scene structure AND client email info can be included in your migration if moving from any of these providers:
If you're ready to get started (don't delay...the process can take between 4-6 weeks depending on your amount of galleries) you can jump straight in to completing your gallery migration request form.
Gallery Migration App - Celebrate Your Move to Pic-Time with a Promotion
Keen to let your clients know their gallery has migrated to a new home AND you've created a special offer for them to celebrate?
Check out the Gallery Migration App.
Pic-Time Store Help - Custom Setup
If you're feeling overwhelmed with the setup of your Pic-Time store, I've helped many photographers with this process and offer either a 'Do-It-With-You' or a 'Do-It-For-You' service.
Depending on your needs and budget, one of those offerings will help.
You can find out more about my Pic-Time store setup help offers, including pricing information, on the Photogeek Services page.
"I was experiencing a real dilemma with how to properly utilise my Pic-Time gallery with my preferred lab...Katrina was not only able to guide me through but also empower me with the knowledge to update and maintain the system on my own. Her service offering and pricing was within my budget and time frame, and she is also a great communicator. Highly recommend!"- Shirley Hitschmann, Photographer
Free Pic-Time Resources
There are a number of free, detailed resources to help the Pic-Time community set up and best utilise the platform:
- PIC-TIME HELP CENTRE: an online searchable and ever-evolving knowledge base packed with step-by-step written and visual answers/instructions to all the most common questions.
- LIVE CHAT SUPPORT: Pic-Time users (along with their clients AND all gallery visitors) have access to live chat support directly in the platform. The support team are located all over the world. Consequently there's typically always someone available (though short wait times can apply during peak periods.) Furthermore, with access to both the system and the development team, the support team are able to locate and fix issues or help provide instruction etc. as needed.
- 'PIC-TIME COMMUNITY' FACEBOOK GROUP: Where PT users, support and development teams, and Pic-Time founders (Nirit and Amir) informally e-meet to discuss, question, research, problem solve and celebrate all things Pic-Time. As a result, the search feature is your friend (if you're thinking it...it's possibly been asked before!)
- PIC-TIME YOUTUBE CHANNEL: A detailed webinar series and quick-step tutorials are hosted here - among other things - and are freely accessible at your convenience.
RANDOM HOT TIP:
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This is the Pic-Time feature that first caught my eye...and enticed me to switch from my previous gallery provider.
Knowing I wanted to use my online shop in place of In-Person Sales (IPS), I could see this offered the best online sales experience possible.
How does it work?!
The photos in your gallery AUTOMAGICALLY (not a word...but definitely a thing) populate into the products in your store.
So, significantly, your clients are experiencing their own photos as finished product mock-ups from the very first time they enter their gallery and store.
How's that for impact?
It helps eliminate the guesswork and helps clients envision their finished photo products.
It helps to sell ✅.
As the photographer you can determine which images are initially populated.
Simply 'favourite' at least six of your best images before you send the gallery to your client/s.
Obviously, once your clients begin doing the same, their favourites will take precedence.
And you'd be wise to let them know about this feature. It offers them a great sense of control and ownership.
Watermark Protection Feature
In January 2023 Pic-Time released a watermark protection feature that automatically adds AI noise to user's existing watermarks in the system.
It cleverly confuses the algorithm in AI watermark removal apps making it far less likely/possible for such tools to remove watermarks and photographer branding.
In other words, people can't steal your photos and easily dissolve the existing watermarks using third party apps. Hallelujah!
Evidently, Pic-Time is more than an online gallery provider.
A large part of its power and effectiveness comes in the form of its vast range of sales automations.
Designed with different philosophies and objectives at their core, the diverse suite of automation apps can help increase sales, build traffic and brand awareness.
And streamline certain workflow tasks.
Sales Automation Apps
Sales automations include apps such as:
- abandoned cart
- post order promotion
- anniversary sales
- rolling publish
- gallery visitor boost
- the Simple Sales System (read more about that further down this page)
- gallery backup systems
- mini session sales
Find out more about each of the different sales apps on the Pic-Time YouTube channel.
Additionally you have the ability to:
- run general coupon apps
- sell gift cards in-store
- offer a print incentive
- send pre-designed products to clients with a special promotion attached
Find out more about the Pic-Time sales automation suite HERE.
In 2021, Pic-Time released an in-house slideshow builder included free with all paid plans.
It's quite the game-changer given its ability to create slideshows in multiple formats including:
- standard (2:3)
- widescreen (16:9)
- film (4:3)
- mobile (9:16)
There are over 6500 licensed music tracks to choose from.
Other features include:
- auto and self-designed beat matching
- audio trimmer
- text slides
- multiple image slide layouts
- device-specific display options
- download and embed functionality
- slideshow sales
Got your own music you want to upload and beat match? Go for it ✅.
Furthermore, you can opt to sign on for unlimited 4K slideshow download capability for a small additional monthly fee.
Customise your slideshows with colour, text, your logo and a selection of layouts...and share on social media to help engage your audience and elevate your brand.
(NB: Pic-Time continues to support the display of slideshows created in SmartSlides and Animoto, along with video hosted on YouTube or Vimeo.)
You can find out more about slideshows in this feature announcement Pic-Time blog post and get 6 tips on how to make beautiful Pic-Time slideshows here.
Pic-Time art galleries are for use in addition to your existing client gallery platform or as a stand-alone product.
Designed to provide a customisable online gallery and sales system for those wanting to exhibit and sell their photography, art galleries allow for video, audio and written artist statements and supporting material.
Users can customise their art gallery's colours, fonts and layouts. And offer their printed artwork as finished product - in a selection of sizes and finishes - crafted by a professional lab(s) and delivered straight to the purchaser's door.
Photographers can offer their work as open or limited editions and price to suit. Finished pre-designed products such as albums, books and calendars etc. can also be sold as is.
Art galleries include some 25+ elegant room views to help elevate the sales experience for users.
Photographers can share their finished gallery as a stand-alone site or integrated into their existing website.
You can utilise four of Pic-Time's popular sales automations in the art galleries: post order promotion, abandoned cart, general coupon app, and single-use coupons.
The Simple Sales System
Its aim is to bring the benefits of an In-Person Sales (IPS) system to an online platform by way of predictable and profitable sales.
The premise of the Simple Sales System (SSS) is this:
- set up three packages (with a number of downloads and an amount of shop credit)
- create a preview of the client's photos (by way of a watermarked slideshow and / or watermarked preview still images)
- send said preview to the client with a customisable limited viewing time e.g. 24 or 48hrs etc.
- during or after viewing time, a package purchase must be made before the complete gallery and a la carte online store will open
Annemie's created a free 10-part educational podcast series on the SSS for those who want to dive deeper into the strategy, and the Pic-Time team hosted their own dedicated in-depth SSS webinar with Annemie and a handful of photographers thriving with the system.
The Simple Sales Blueprint + Discount Code
In addition to the free 10-part podcast series on the Simple Sales System, Annemie offers a paid in-depth course on implementing the system into your business ✅.
It's called the Simple Sales Blueprint (SSB).
You don't neeeeed SSB to use the Simple Sales System - the app itself is freely available to all Pic-Time users - but it certainly helps hand-hold you through the whole process specifically, and a general business overhaul including pricing, products, client communication, Pic-Time setup etc.
And, if Pic-Time isn't your gallery platform of choice, you'll definitely want to invest in the Simple Sales Blueprint to help get you going with all the general principles. (There are many photographers utilising the system with success even though they're not currently Pic-Time users.)
I hope this resource has helped you get a feel for much of what Pic-Time has to offer professional photographers and their clients.
Ideally it should point you in the right direction to further pursue any particular area or function of interest.
I believe there's barely a photography business out there that couldn't utilise the platform in some way to elevate their business .
And add to their income.
And if it's not, you can strike Pic-Time off your long list of things to think about as a photography freelancer or business owner.
(And frankly, that's always a win!)