Web Wednesday

I’ve been seeing a lot of questions lately about what you can do to get your photos on the web. If you’re reading this then chances are you already have Lightroom and, if that’s the case, then you’ve got some killer options.

First, I’ve got to give you what has quickly become my favorite option – Slideshow Pro. It’s actually a plug-in for Lightroom and plugs right into the web module so you don’t have to use any other 3rd party programs. Full disclosure here. Todd Dominey (co-creator of Slideshow Pro) allowed me to try out a copy of it for free. However, it is hands down the best thing out there for great looking web galleries in Lightroom. Knowing what I know now, I’d have gladly forked over $25 for it. In fact, I’ll probably be doing a full review on it in the coming weeks. It’s that good and it’s got a ton of features so I feel I’ve only scratched the surface.

Sean McCormack has a killer little web gallery. It’s a horizontal scroll gallery and I’m beginning to like this style more and more on the web. You can see it in action here and read Sean’s blog post about it here.

Lightroom Galleries is a website dedicated to just that – Lightroom web galleries. There’s some great looking galleries there and they’re all free.

If you use Flickr, SmugMug, or Zenfolio then you should pay a visit to Jeffrey Friedl’s blog where he’s got some plug-ins for Lightroom that allow you to directly export for those sites.
Update: Jeffrey Friedl posted in a comment: FYI, I have an “Export to PicasaWeb” plugin in addition to my plugins for Flickr, Zenfolio, and SmugMug: http://regex.info/blog/photo-tech/lightroom-picasaweb/ – Thanks Jeffrey!

Finally, don’t forget the Airtight Interactive galleries that were added directly into Lightroom’s web module last year. These galleries look totally different from other Lightroom galleries and I know a lot of folks missed them. You’ve actually got to go into the Web module and look in the top right of the screen under the Gallery tab. You’ll see ‘em right there.

Well everyone, I hope this little look into the options available in Lightroom when it comes to the web helped out. Have a great day!

Author: Matt K

Matt is a full time Education Director for the NAPP and Kelby Training. He's a best-selling author of various books on Photoshop and Photography co-hosts the live weekly photography talk show "The Grid" and is co-host of "Photoshop User TV". In his spare time he practices as a 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo and enjoys spending time with his family in Tampa, FL.

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10 Comments

  1. Matt

    Those Airtight galleries are pretty cool..

    Thanks.

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  2. Slideshow Pro looks very good – do you know if a music file can be attached and sync’d with the images?

    Thanks

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  3. I’ve developed more than a few galleries, all available from my website.

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  4. Yes lightroomgalleries.com and theturninggate.net have both developed some great galleries to use in Lightroom so check them out

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  5. Is there anyway to upload or export these galleries to a .Mac account? I know iphoto creates them to upload but I want to avoid that step since my photos are currently in lightroom.

    Thanks

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  6. Matt,

    I used airtight for a gallery where the photos all move around, but they did not function very well on my host, godaddy, they froze all time and would not render very well.

    I really wanted to use it but it just jam up

    Ken

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  7. Matt,

    I’m interested to see how you find slideshow pro. I looked at it recently but went for monoslideshow instead as I didn’t realise slideshowpro plugged into Lightroom. Currently I have NextGEN installed on my site, which doesn’t work with Lightroom, it’s not ideal.

    Look forward to hearing more!

    Mike

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  8. You just made my day! I use Simpleviewer Pro for almost every gallery on my client’s websites and have never heard about Slideshow Pro. Looks like a great alternative at a really reasonable price. Thanks for the info, keep it coming.

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