The biggest challenge for photographers is to organize and present photos. And this website contains a lot of them. To help you navigate the wealth of images and information, I’ve compiled some information on this page. The three main elements of my site are:
- The Portfolio Galleries, where you find themed compilations of images, organized by places or subjects. This is the tightest selection of high quality images. The portfolio galleries are also organized by Portfolio Categories – each category is represented by the thumbnail of the latest entry that was added to it, and contains multiple galleries.
- The Weblog, separated into a section with photos where I share photos from outings and hikes in a broader selection; and a general weblog with news, ramblings, musings, writings. You can find both sections under the “Weblog” menu entry. The blog posts contain multiple tags (at the bottom), inviting you to browse and explore more for a certain area, style, topic.
- The Archive, where all photos can be searched and browsed with a “tag cloud” for common photo keywords. Clicking on any keyword will open a new page with a filter bar at the top of the matching images, allowing you to narrow down the selection. Clicking on an image from there will open the single image page. At the bottom of that page, you’ll find a link to the post or portfolio where the image appears in context.
With the menu (where you’ve found this entry already) you’ll be able to access the different section of the site easily.
If you have further questions on how to navigate this site, or wish to contact me for any other reason, please do not hesitate to do so by using the Contact Form, of course. :)
I’m using WordPress with the “GeneratePress” theme by Tom Usborne, together with the GP Premium plugin that extends its functionality. I chose this theme because of its flexibility, versatility, because it is well-maintained, and because of the outstanding support that Tom and his team provide.
I’m currently using a custom post type with its own taxonomy (categories and tags) for portfolio items, separating them from normal posts, and making them more organized than regular WordPress pages (a functionality that has been added to WordPress via the JetPack plugin since). I am using these custom (portfolio) post types to organize and present my galleries. What’s important is that the custom post type functionality is not bundled with the theme. It is a stand-alone plugin – in case that I should ever wish to switch themes, I won’t lose my portfolio galleries, and can convert them into pages or posts, if necessary.
The gallery thumbnail layout that you see is the result of using either Jetpack‘s “Tiled Galleries“, or Firsh’s “Justified Image Grid” (JIG), the latter a commercial plugin that I cannot praise enough – I think it is one of the best replacements for WP’s native galleries and leaves little to be desired. Firsh is also a great guy that is very responsive to user suggestions and bug reports.
The image viewer I’m using is another Jetpack module, it’s called “Carousel“. I consider it more of an “image attachment browser” than a lightbox, and as far as I know, it is the only slideshow module that will show an image’s title, caption and long description. The latter was very important for me, and the fact that it’s possible to comment on photos, individually, is a nice bonus.
By now, I’m also using a surprisingly large number of other WordPress plugins. One that stands out a lot but works quietly behind the scenes mostly is an incredible helper in maintaining the galleries: Media Library Assistant (MLA) by David Lingren. Basically, MLA enables taxonomy support for media items, and provides a very powerful WordPress shortcode to automatically populate galleries by the media item’s taxonomies. No manual updating of galleries is needed! MLA also automates the creation of title, caption and description with information from EXIF and IPTC data. David is a very helpful and responsive developer, and he allowed me to influence the development of MLA a bit, for which I am very grateful.
The power of MLA and JIG can be combined! It’s possible to create complex queries with MLA, and pass the results through to JIG for a beautiful thumbnail layout. You can also use MLA’s taxonomies for attachments (images) directly in JIG, allowing you to build galleries that maintain themselves, by categories and/or tags (I’m using that a lot). And JIG can use Jetpack’s “Carousel” slideshow viewer.
To fix old mistakes that I made with non-SEO-friendly file names, I’m using Media File Renamer by Meow Apps. Meow Apps offers other useful plugins for photographers and their WordPress-powered websites, most of all WP/LR Sync, a Publish Service for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom that allows you to post photos to your site directly from Lightroom (and keep the photos in sync!).
My site is hosted with GreenGeeks.
I do not monetize my site with ads and rely on print sales, license sales, tuition fees and donations to earn money through my photography and knowledge.
However, when you use these referral links, these companies give me something back in the form of a little reward:
- BackBlaze online backup
- Justified Image Grid (WordPress gallery plugin)
- Square payment processing & appointments.
- WP/LR Sync (WordPress/Lightroom photo publishing plugin)