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Fran Monks
 

How to post clients pictures on the www


I am a children's photographer and I currently mail printed contact sheets to my clients for them to choose prints from. I would like to post jpgs on the internet instead. I was wondering if you could recommend a good programme for doing this easily and efficiently. Do you have any other recommendations for posting pictures on a website? I currently have my own website, but it is based on blogging software so I can only post one picture at a time.
Many thanks,
Fran Monks
www.franmonks.com


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12/14/2005 10:23:19 AM

 
Donna K. Kilcher
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/5/2004
  You should look into a deluxe gallery here at better photo.


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12/14/2005 10:32:33 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  Good day Fran,
take a look at : photoreflect.com

it will cost you nothing to have your lortraits hosted there -you make up your own store front- you can edit right down to f-stops on the site-and sceduele each event folder to drop off in a week, month,or 5 years.
you can pick a lab, and when people order from the store site, the order goes straight to the lab, then to the client that will cost you 15% of the sale.
let me know if you need help.


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12/14/2005 10:40:35 AM

 
Michael Warnock
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/3/2005
  If you are useing Photoshop (I use Photoshop CS) it has an automated function that will generate a web gallery for you. Photoshop will create the pages, thumbnails and everything. Then you just upload the pages to your host and voila, online proofing made easy. If you're interested in hearing more, just reply as such and I'll go into detail. As for the blogging software, I don't have any experience with that as I write the HTML for my site. I've never used any software that does it for you. Writing the HTML is really not that difficult. I use the above method on my site for client proofing and it's very efficient. Like 10 minutes and bam, you have an uploaded proofing gallery.

Reply if interested.

Mike.


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12/14/2005 5:15:25 PM

 
Michael Warnock
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/3/2005
  Janessa, my replies to your email request for additional info are bouncing back as undeliverable so I'll post the info here. I'm using CS so your CS2 may be slightly different? I dunno...

"Hello Janessa, here's the jist of it...

Put all the photos you want on the web page in a single folder
called, lets say, web_proofing. Next, create a destination folder called,
lets say, photoshot_proofing_pages.

in Photoshop (CS2 may differ) click on the File menu and mouse over
Automate, then click on Web Photo Gallery. This will open the Web Photo
Gallery dialogue box.

You'll see options for a whack of different things some of which may
not be active because the Gallery Style does not support them. So, in
the Style dropdown menu, click on several or all of the choices to see
what is supported and to see a preview of the gallery style on the right
hand side.

1) Style: chose a style for the gallery

2) Email: enter the email address as you want it displayed on the
gallery. It will be rendered as a link that the client can click on to
open their email client and the To: and Subject will be automatically
filled in. leave it blank if you don't want an email addy displayed.

3) Extention: choose the extention for the web file names i.e. .htm
or .html

4) Folders: here is where you tell Photoshop where to look for the
source images (web_proofing folder created above) and, where to put the
web files it creates for them (photoshop_proofing_pages folder). When
you click the Choose button you will be prompted to select the image
directory. This is the file of photos you made above.

5) Now in the options section, choose Banner and you can enter the
headlines and subheadlines for the web gallery.

6) in the options dropdown menu choose Large Images and set up the
display specifics for the large images. Be sure to select something for
the Titles Use section so your client can specify which images they
want. One thing to know here is that if you check off the Copyright box in
the Titles Use section Photoshop will look at the embedded copyright
info in the image file itself. if you have not embedded any copyright
info, there will be nothing displayed. if info is embedded it will appear
below the image in the gallery. To embed this info in the file, open an
image in the workspace, click the File menu and choose File Info. Not
all gallery styles support copyright info so if you want this info
included in the gallery images, choose a style that will support it.

7) From the options dropdown choose Security then in the Content
dropdown choose Custom Text. In the Custom Text field, anything you enter
will appear right across the center of the image. Something like Proof
Copy or Not for Print or Low Res preview or the like. You can also
specify font size and color, opacity and position in this section.

8) That's pretty much it. Now click OK and Photoshop will create
thumbnails, resize the large images, add any custom text you specified and
the html for the pages. All this will be sent to the destination folder
that you created earlier, all ready to upload to your host.

It is pretty straight forward so play around with it. If you have any
Q's, please ask.

Cheers.
Mike."


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12/14/2005 9:07:14 PM

 
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