Due to rising costs of hosting and other expenses, we decided to add some advertising space to Photography Life, which has always been and always will be a free photography resource. Some of our readers were a bit annoyed by the often intrusive ads (which, unfortunately, we have little to no control of) and they requested that we add an option to support Photography Life with a monthly donation option, which would completely remove all the ads on the site. Others have been asking us to give a good option to subscribe on a monthly basis or simply donate funds to support our work. I am happy to report that this feature has finally been added to our site, and as of today you can become a member and enjoy completely ad-free experience. You can choose your level of support from Basic ($0.99 per month) all the way to Gold ($19.99 per month), depending on how much support you can and want to provide us and all three membership levels give you the same browsing and reading experience.
For those who choose the higher levels of support, we do want to give back as our “thank you” for being such a loyal supporter. For Bronze members, we will offer a 5% discount. For Silver members, we will be offering a discount of 10% on all products in our shop, while the Gold membership will grant a 20% discount. This can result in a significant change in pricing for the products we sell, as shown below:
And here is the same screen without the 20% discount:
In the future, we will think of other ways to give additional benefits to our readers, including discounts for workshops and other planned events.
How to Remove Ads and Get Your Membership
To remove ads, support PL and get your shop discounts, you must first become a registered user. If you have previously purchased anything from us or participated in our forum, you are good to go, since you already have an account, so all you need is Sign In. You can do that from the top menu of the site. If you have never registered with us before, it is a good time to do it! Simply click the “Register” link on top of the page and go through the single page sign-up process. Confirm your email (check your spam folder if you do not receive an email from our system within 5-10 minutes) and confirm your registration.
Once you sign in to the system, you will see a link on the top navigation menu that says “Membership“. You can use this link to select your level of membership, as shown below:
The above method will require a credit card for authorization and to set up recurring payments. If you prefer to use PayPal, or perhaps want to purchase some of our products, you can simply visit our Shop page, from which you can add your desired membership level as well.
If you have any questions about the above-mentioned process or if you have any difficulties signing up, please let me know in the comments section below.
As always, thank you for your support and for being a loyal Photography Life reader!