Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Introducing web galleries, part of Lightroom 4 Essentials: 04 Creating Slideshows and Web Galleries.
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The Lightroom Web module allows us to quickly and creatively build online web galleries, and the beauty of working with the Lightroom Web module is that it's integrated into the overall Lightroom workflow. In other words, you can take advantage of all of that organizational work that you've done. You can take advantage of all of those hours that you've put in processing your photographs, and then you can bring all of those images into the web gallery and quickly create these online galleries. All that you need to do is to select the images, and then select the type of web gallery that you want to use, and here in this initial movie, I just want to introduce you to the topic of working with these web galleries, so we can start to think about how we might want to integrate this into our own workflow.
In order to take a look at some of these galleries, I'm going to navigate out of Lightroom for a moment, and open up my Web browser and talk about a few different web galleries that I've created. Well, here you can see I have my web browser open. This web gallery, well it's just kind of fun. These are some pictures that I captured in Mexico, and then to navigate through these photographs, I can go ahead and click on an image to zoom in. Click again to zoom out. Or you can select another photograph, clicking on it to zoom in or using the arrow keys to navigate around these pictures.
Now the beauty of using a web gallery like this is that it kind of combines these photographs in an interesting way. In a sense they're all together. They're all part of an experience. Now there're so many different types of web galleries. Again, this one is just one of many. Let's take a look at another. Here's another web gallery, which is a little bit more simple and clean. I'll use these web galleries all the time. I use them to communicate with clients. There was one publication that wanted a photograph of this particular person, so after the shoot, I uploaded all of these photos.
They could then click through the pictures. As they click through the pictures they would take notes, and eventually would say okay, Chris, you know what, we want to have image number 5 and we want that at these dimensions. I could then send that client the full resolution file, based on that web gallery viewing and experience. Again, it's a great way to share your work with people, whether it's just for fun like those Mexico photographs or for a specific publication like this. In other situations, these Web galleries can help out as well.
Here are some other photographs. This was from an event, a world premiere of a movie featuring the musician Jack Johnson. Now I shot these photographs, and then I uploaded them, and people were able to click through these pictures and see some of the pictures from that event. And you can click forward or you can click backward with this particular gallery. Now it just so happened that some people saw these pictures and eventually a few of them were picked up by Rolling Stone magazine, and what's great about that is that these galleries just help you get your work out there, and you can get your work out there in different ways, whether you prefer a clean gallery like this, or perhaps something a little bit more vibrant or creative or alive like this.
And what's great about working with the Web module is that it isn't very difficult at all. As you're about to discover it will give you real quick and creative way to get your work online.
- Getting your slideshow or gallery on the web
- Grouping images in collections
- Renaming and re-ordering images
- Changing the color and appearance of a web gallery
- Adding captions and titles to photos
- Saving custom templates
- Uploading HTML and Flash galleries to a web server
- Creating an impromptu slideshow
- Customizing a slideshow layout
- Adjusting slideshow playback options
- Exporting a slideshow as a JPEG, a PDF, or a video