Plates is an app for photographers to share albums and collaborate

Plates is a collaborative photo-sharing app where users create, join or subscribe to themed “plates” which are essentially photo albums.

As Instagram continues to eschew photos and photographers, apps dedicated to photo sharing are trying to establish themselves in the void left by Meta.

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Plates users can upload their photos into collections which are viewed in a grid format and can also be browsed in a full-screen feed. Other users can then follow that particular plate or ask the administrator to contribute to it.

“Plates is a collaborative platform for people with a common experience to share their moments on a particular plate,” the app developers write.

“Imagine being able to look at anything from every angle, without having to follow a ton of accounts,” he adds.

Navigating to the search page, users are presented with various plates covering a wide range of photographic subjects including lego photography, underwater modeling and aeronautical photography. The app only recently introduced hashtags to improve the “discoverability” of users on the platform.

Like most social media apps, users can leave likes and comment on photos, but the main focus of the app is its plaque feature. The photo album-like look allows photographers to sort their photos into different categories, a handy feature if the photographer likes to shoot totally different subjects.

“Think of a plate as a photo album. Create multiple plaques on your photograph and experience. Add photos to your plate and build your collection. You can even add co-preservatives to your plates,” the company adds.

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Plates can be personalized by changing the cover image which appears as a dark background. Names, descriptions and URLs can also be changed.

The app also offers the ability to create private plaques that are only visible to the user, or they can choose to add specific people and hide them from the wider community.

Plates is available on iOS and Android platforms. It has been downloaded over 10,000 times on the Google Play Store, earning an average rating of 4.3 from 269 reviews. It seems to have been downloaded less often on the App Store with a 4.9 rating from just seven reviews.

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