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PhotoShelter Unveils Beam:
New Platform Offers Cutting-Edge Portfolio Websites for Professional Photographers

Beam portfolio websites are responsive, feature compelling designs, and integrate with PhotoShelter’s industry-leading image archive and online business tools

New York, NY, July 9, 2013 - PhotoShelter (http://www.photoshelter.com), PhotoShelter, the worldwide leader in photography portfolio websites, sales, and marketing tools for photographers, today launched Beam, a brand-new API-based platform delivering portfolio websites engineered to let photographers showcase their images at their best on nearly any device. Released in public beta, Beam portfolio websites integrate with PhotoShelter’s renowned online business tools, and connect seamlessly with third party platforms including video and blog. These new portfolio websites are now publicly available here: www.photoshelter.com/beam.

"This new platform offers exciting and innovative portfolio designs that photographers will find worthy of their best images," said PhotoShelter CEO Andrew Fingerman. "At our core, we’re committed to helping photographers succeed as business owners. We’ve dedicated years to building online business and marketing tools that enable photographers to streamline their workflow, reach more clients, and improve their bottom lines. As technology advances and affects how clients find and view images, we are helping the photography community keep pace with the launch of Beam."

PhotoShelter’s Beam portfolio websites also allow for a seamless integration of third party tools used daily by photographers, including Instagram, video, and WordPress and Tumblr blogs. Additionally, the new websites offer:

  • Responsive behavior: The sites are created using HTML5 and CSS3, which allow images to scale according to screen size so photos will render on virtually any device. Advanced techniques such as dynamic load optimization, pre-fetching, priority queuing and client device detection also optimize the responsive experience.
  • Real-time editing capabilities: PhotoShelter’s new Site Builder lets photographers make quick changes to their site’s look and feel, including edits to font and color, background color, logo, and on-page text. The websites are also intuitive to build and require no extra coding or design experience.
  • Compelling designs: Today’s launch unveils four distinct portfolio designs. Each design offers unique ways to present imagery, including full-bleed image presentation, a responsive photo wall, or a minimalist and simple display. PhotoShelter will continue to reveal additional designs throughout the upcoming months.

Starting today, Beam portfolio websites and connected secure cloud storage, e-commerce capabilities, SEO, image delivery and client proofing tools, are available to PhotoShelter’s existing members with Standard and Pro accounts. Those new to PhotoShelter can sign up for a free 14-day trial at www.photoshelter.com/beam.

About PhotoShelter

Images. At PhotoShelter, the word means so much more than a pretty picture -- it’s about improving the way millions of image creators, brands and businesses communicate in a visual world. It’s about harnessing the power of images easily, securely and affordably -- anytime, anywhere. It’s about using media in the most efficient way possible to tell your story and engage your audience. In essence, it’s about making visual assets more useful and valuable with cutting-edge image management technology. That’s what we’ve been doing for over 10 years. More than 80,000 professional photographers and 70 leading brands trust and rely on PhotoShelter to do just that every day, with over 200 million of their image assets. To learn more, visit http://www.photoshelter.com.

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