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When I want to post a photo to the Feature Shoot Instagram, I must go through the following painful process: I email the file to myself, download it, save it to my phone, and upload it to Instagram. Until I found out about younity, I thought this was normal.

Turns out, I’ve been living in the dark ages. It took me exactly seven minutes to download younity to my computer and phone, and to be honest, I was kind of blown away. The interface was intuitive and easy to follow on my phone, and all I had to do was click “Photos” on the main menu for the app to pull up every single image currently on my computer. This includes every image I’ve downloaded, kept in documents, in my “Pictures” folder, on my Desktop- even a screenshot I took five minutes ago.

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Once I accessed the images on my computer remotely, I could send them anywhere, and most importantly for someone who writes for a photography website, I could post them to Instagram. Even better, I didn’t have to use a third-party app to prevent Instagram from cropping the image. I could crop as I saw fit, or simply add black or white borders around the image right there.

This kind of access to everything on your computer that isn’t on your phone—photos, documents, music, movies—is perfect for photographers. I’ve had so many conversations in which photographers have been away shooting on location and unable to get me the files for an upcoming story until they come home. Well, younity will give them the power to send whatever they want, even if they’re in the arctic tundra and their computers are back in their studio in NYC.

Similarly, younity empowers photographers to showcase their portfolios anywhere and at any time. Gone are the days of toting around hard drives and laptops. You can also share pictures from your Lightbox catalog, GoPro videos, and more.

One of the problems with posting to Instagram the way I have for the last year is that my phone becomes cluttered with literally hundreds of photographs by hundreds of photographers who have at one point been featured on our Instagram. I’ve spent hours of my life individually deleting things I don’t need from my phone just to clear off enough space to download a new song.

Accessing remote files on younity doesn’t take up any space on your phone. I’ll repeat that: no more unnecessary time spent deleting files that are taking up valuable phone space.

Visit getyounity.com on your computer and download the app to your mobile device today. It’s a game-changer, especially for photographers.

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