Publishing Unique Websites Per Project
So these are the images I want to throw in the portfolio, and the great thing is they're already online. So everything I've been doing, I've been doing and it's been synchronizing online, so I don't have to send them anywhere cause they're already where they are. So at this point, I have a lot of different options to share these images online. But all of them reside right here inside of this collection and the fact that that little sideways lightening bold is lit up. You can see that this one has just a square on it that's not synchronized with the cloud. In order to synchronize it, all I have to do is click on it, and now it's going to synchronize all those images to the cloud. If those images air already in the cloud somewhere else, it will just turn them on. It will turn on this collection, but this one already is on because when I made it, I turned it on. So even when it had zero images in it, it still was connected the cloud and ready to receive those images. So as I was adding im...
ages, it was either throwing them up into the cloud or if there were images already in the cloud is moving him into it. So if I right click this collection and I go to the light room links, I will see that I can make this a public collection and that would allow me to share to more people than just myself. Or I can just view this private link, which is my it's on Lee. I can see it. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna make it public. Then I'm gonna right click that portfolio again, and I'm gonna go back to the light room links and I'm gonna view it on the web. So it's gonna open up a Web site. It's going to show me that particular gallery, and I need to sort those things. So there's a sort order right down here, So I'm gonna use that sort order and I'm gonna use customer because right now it's doing it by date. So it's taking the earliest photos and putting them first. If I don't custom order now, those images I chose first are first in line, so that's first. The second thing I want to dio is I want to go in and choose how people who come to see this website will see it. So I'm gonna click on that and Aiken, then choose right down here at the bottom. There's a bunch of theme options, so I'm going to choose instead of these small images we're going to do big. And so they're kind of a masonry style and big. I'm gonna choose the appearance to be white because that's the way my site looks. And then I'm gonna pop this little arrow up so that I can choose other things. Like, for instance, I can either show the title or not show the title. And so I don't actually like the title the way it is. So I'm going to change the title to, um, land. Travel, photography, travel, photography. There we go. And then it's by Jared Platt. That looks better. That's much better. Um, and then I want to make a cover for this, so I'm gonna uses a cover, and instead of a background, I'm gonna use it as a hero image. And now I've got looks like the Northern Lights are already there, but I can go find another image and its I wanted to show this one. So I'm gonna click on this and just again, I'm gonna select it just like I did before. But this time, instead of adding it to a collection I'm going to set it is the cover. So now that it said, is the cover. That's my cover. I can go up to the top right hand corner and I can change how this is viewed so that I can move it up and down. That's probably about right. Hit, apply. So now my website is gonna look like this. And if I want to do anything else to this site like, I can edit it and then I can add a statement here I can type in here. Ah, these are a few of of my favorite images from the past three years of travel, period. Okay. And I can also scan through. And if I want to divide these so I could say, Are I I want to divide these up and add something right here, or I could even add some Well, I'll add it right here and say, OK, this is I could just say Hawaii and then I could go down here and say, um, the dry tour to goes. I'm not really sure if I'm spelling that, right, but and then so I can I can just Aiken title things. I can add a little text. I could add a whole paragraph. I'm creating a website here simply by making a collection and then going in and tweaking the way it's gonna look. And it's a really beautiful website to really responsive. If you look at it on your IPhone, it'll look perfect for the IPhone if you look at it on an IPad, it looked perfect for that. If you look at it on on a huge monitor and look, it's very responsive. And so you've got a really great tool here to make a quick website to send to anybody, and that could be sending it to a friend could be sending it to your mom. It could be sending it to a client to review their images. You also have the ability to in addition, um, to add down here instead of working on a website, and by the way, in order to share it, you just go up to this little share button right here with the person on it and a plus. Just click on that and invite someone by copying this website into an email or onto ah text. Send it to him, and then they'll be able to view this, and you can either choose anyone convenio it or invite on Lee. You can tell it to allow them to download the images or not. So if you're if you're shooting portrait's and you're kind of a shoot to burn kind of person, you could actually allow people to download those J pegs directly from that site, and that could be your delivery mechanism to them. The great thing is only allows them to download the smaller version, because the smaller version from Light from classic is all that you put in there. If you would uploaded him from your phone or from light room desktop, the new version of Light Room, it would have uploaded the entire raw file into the cloud. And so then, if it's a 30 megapixel file, it's going to be a 13 megapixel file in the cloud, and they would be able to download the full J peg that's, you know, 6000 pixels wide, but when it sends up a small, smart preview from light from classic, which is what light from classic likes to do. Um, it's they would be downloading about a 25 100 pixel file or something like that. Still good enough for them to do pretty much anything they want with it. But if they But you can, then tell them in the email. Hey, if you want to download stuff for social media, go right ahead. You can make small prints out of it, But if you want a big print, you have to come back to me because those files are not good enough to do a big print. They're not big enough. You need to come back to me for that. So this would be a great way to deliver files. The one downside is that it is an adobe address. So you have to actually take that address, send it to him, and they're gonna have to go to Adobe to do it to see him. Um, so it's not gonna be on your website, which is unfortunate, but you also have the option here to do a preview or ah proofing session with them. So If you click on the proofing session part, you just come in here, click on that same guy up here in the top right hand corner and enable the proofing mechanism. And once you've enable proofing, you can copy this address completely different address still in adobe address. Copy that. You can tell it toe limit a number of selections so they can only select 123 whatever. So I'm gonna only let them select one copy this address, and when I copy it and send it to my client, this is what they will see. They'll see a proofing site, and then I can say, Hey, choose one and I'll send you a print so they choose this one one of one selected. They only get to choose one, and that's it. So we're done with They've done their selection. They like it. If they wanted to see a big, they can click on him like this and they can cycle through this way. They can actually see information on them. So the site is still a really good proofing site. Um, and then we just simply go back here and inside of my proofing area. So sorry, got to go to the website part. So I go to my website. So my my private link. So I'm in the private link and all I have to do is refresh my website. And now I see the image that they've selected. Aiken. See who selected it. Jared Platt selected it because they had the log in in order to do it. Um, and and they can log in with a free adobe address. So it's no big deal, and then they you can take that image and go find it, or you can actually click on it. Let's say you had a huge collection. You click on it and add it to a new collection that is, Hey, print thieves for so and so So it's very easy to find the images. Even if you have, say, a wedding with, you know, images delivered to the client, they could pick you know they're 30 favorite or their 50 favorite for the album, and then you could just go find those and make a new collection by just selecting all of them. And then, once you'd select all of them, click add to and then say these air their selections. Okay, so now that we've talked about the way that you can share these to your clients and to random people, let's talk about what's available to you to share these images beyond that. So if I'm looking at my portfolio set of images on and remember, I'm not inside of light or classic. Now I'm just in a album that's on the web that's tied to that collection. But when I'm in that, I can then share those out to a portfolio site. So those of you who have a website, maybe you won't want to use this option just because you already have a website. And so for those of you that already have a website, you might have the ability to publish directly to it. Like in SmugMug you can. If you were a SmugMug user SmugMug website. You don't have to export J pegs and then upload Um, you can just get the SmugMug plug in, and it's just like collections. So these guys are just collections, so there's just a bunch of collections here, and you condone drag images into those collections and hit publish, and when you do that, so if I have a published service, once I do it than this little button up here will turn light, turn live, and if I click on it, it will publish my website directly from light. So if you have your own website, ask and see if they have a published service that allows you to upload them. In fact, if you are on a WordPress site, there's actually a plug in that allows you published directly to your, uh to your image bank inside of your WordPress site. So this is called W P L R. Sink, and it will automatically throw things up onto your website and even allow you to post directly into a blawg post. So there's a lot of ways to get to your website directly from light room and those air called published services and all they are as collections. But instead of synchronizing to adobes website, they synchronized to to your particular Web service, and there's a whole bunch of them. So if you need a way to get to your website, check and see if they have a published service. A SmugMug has a really great one, so as far as I'm concerned, they're one of the best. But I think pixie set has, um and there's quite a few others that have them, so just look and see if your website has it there. But what we're doing is we're inside of here and we're going to go to a place called Adobe Portfolio if you don't have a current website or if you have a website that doesn't even have your own name on it or something like that. Adobe has an incredible website, and if you are already paying for your light room service for your light room account, um, you already have a free website ready to go. And that's called your Adobe portfolio. And the great thing about door believe portfolio is that you can actually go into the settings online and change and change it to your own Earl, you just have to go to go Daddy by a u R l for nine bucks for the year with your name on it. And then you'll take the settings from Go Daddy and put him into the settings inside of light into the portfolio website and boom, you will have a custom u R l and you will have a very easy, easily edit herbal, uh, portfolio online. And it will cost, you know, more than you're already paying to have access to light room in the first place. So it's a win win, so I love it. Um, so let's go to that. And the way we get there is we take a collection like this and again, if we were in light room, the route to get there would just be simply to go from our collection. So right, click that collection and go to the links view on the Web. I'm viewing my private link on the web. It opens up the private link. I'm looking at the photos in my private link, and I simply go over to the right hand side, where it has these three dots. I'm gonna click on those three dots, and I'm going to choose to send it to portfolio. So by sending it to portfolio and I'm gonna hit, continue, it's going to take all the images that it has inside of the light room database online, and it's going to copy them into my adobe portfolio as a job or, as a project calls it, click on Goto Adobe Portfolio and it's bringing me into sight. And the great thing is, is that I can have multiple websites so each one of these websites can have their own custom. You are l. This one is called Jared platt dot us. So if you go to Jared plat dot us, you will see a website that's been completely designed and edited and worked on inside of light room and from light room. I've not added anything to accept what I could do straight from light room. So it just goes straight from light room. I click on edit the site, and you're going to see how easy it is to edit. So right now we're looking at my website editor, and I can change any of the elements on this website. But if I go up here to the top left hand corner, I can click on pages and it's gonna show me all the pages and there's my Jared Platts photo portfolio. So I simply have to click on that and it will take me to that page on the website, and that's when I can go in and edit anything. Anything I could delete this I can edit it, and we're going to call this landscape known, not landscape. We're gonna call it. Okay, so we're gonna edit this in phone. We're going to call it, um, travel photography. All right, so some travel photography, and we're going to update the live site, so it's putting it there, but then you have to update it. So it's it's there, but it's not automatic. You have to go look at it and make sure you like it, and then we're going to view the site. And then if I go to projects, click on that Travel Photography is the 1st 1 cause it's the latest one that I did. I'm gonna click on it. It takes me into that page. There's all my images, and if I float over something that already has some kind of a description in it, it will float up. So that's really nice to, um, I can click on an image to look at it. Big Aiken, look at a gallery this way. It's mining that I've got cookies on the site. Um, and I can close out of that scroll down. And the great thing is that all of these elements, so I was able to add all of my social media accounts and things like that. All of this is totally edit herbal inside of this viewer, so it's very easily edit Herbal. It's a simple website, and it looks great and it's 100% uh, scalable for whatever. So it responds to your IPhone to your IPad, anything. So if you don't have a website or if you just don't like the website you currently have, kill it. Use this because it's a fantastic website. It's really easy to edit to. You can constantly be adding stuff to it on, and it's just with the touch of a couple buttons, and it's there. So every time you want to add a new project to your site, all you have to do is make a collection and send it to the Web, and then follow the links through and added to your portfolio and bam, you have a new project on your website, so I can't think of many websites that are easier than that to edit. Of course, Smugmug does a great job with their plug in, so you could use that as well. But the key here is that light room classic allows you through these collections, allows you to do some pretty amazing connections not only with your clients, by sending them specific little websites, but also allows you to connect directly to a website that you can quickly edit without any trouble at all.