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6th of April 2005 (Wed), 11:37
I'm a high school senior who has been honing his skills and putting his D30, 70-200 2.8 and 28-75 2.8 to work for the school newspaper/yearbook as a sports photographer. I've recently stumbled upon quite a market selling photos to athletes and families.
What I would like to do is display my photos on my website. I have a website which I started as a personal homepage www.trumendousz.com
Not much is there right now, and it is undergoing re-vamping. I'm working with someone now to make up a program that organizes the photos into password accessible galleries and also includes an on-line order form.
But until then I need a good quick way to display lots of photos fast. I have written the whole site up in HTML by myself. I have a few galleries that I wrote...but it takes forever to type in the file names of all the photos and line them up into a gallery.
Is there any freeware or is there an easier way to do this in HTML? I just need something temporary. But it has to look clean...and nice...this is a business after all.
6th of April 2005 (Wed), 11:46
Have at look at Simpleviewer. It uses a very simple bit of XML code to identify the images you want to display and Flash for the galleries. You can easily integrate it into your existing website HTML.
You can download it and see examples here: http://www.airtightinteractive.com/simpleviewer/
Hope that's of some help. Oh yes, and it's free and customisable.
Here's one of my galleries using it: http://www.tgsphoto.co.uk/ga091004/index.html
6th of April 2005 (Wed), 11:47
Hey that looks awesome...sweet.
Looks like I'll have something to do for the next few hours. Thanks gmen!
6th of April 2005 (Wed), 12:04
You could try JAlbum http://jalbum.net/ which is free and a lot of people think highly of. Alternatively have a look at Exhibit Engine designed and written by Pekka who hosts this forum. At http://photography-on-the.net/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=16
I use EE and like it very much have a look at http://www.gillyworld.com/ee15/list.php?exhibition=83 also can't believe that you are writing code from scratch. There are plenty of web page design packages around that although have some deficiencies do make website design so much easier and in particular less time consuming. You can supplement what the packags can't do with your own code if necessary
Less time spent on web design = more time for taking photos!!
6th of April 2005 (Wed), 12:20
gmen, Simpleviewer looks great but is amazingly complicated!
6th of April 2005 (Wed), 13:09
Try Breezebrowser it is really easy to use.
6th of April 2005 (Wed), 17:55
Breezebrowser? I have that program...I use it to view and convert Raw files.
It can create website galleries?
7th of April 2005 (Thu), 11:40
Yes , Just click on the html link ,aim it at the folder of images and let it do its work. If you like once the pages are made adjust in dreamweaver.
7th of April 2005 (Thu), 18:16
Seeing this thread inspired me to create a mini website to show some of my work in a condensed evironment, instead of the large photo library I currently show people.
It's a work in progress, need to make some adjustments to make it look right!
7th of April 2005 (Thu), 18:32
I'm also working on a custom website for my sports photos, but in the meantime, my entire site is hosted on printroom.com. $99 a year, and they handle everything. You can just use their web interface, or install their gallery software which is actually pretty good. It will automatically add your own custom proof watermark, let you set your prices and define packages people can order, and they take care of all the ordering, billing, printing and mailing. One of the best things I like about their software is that if you want to put up a lot of pictures and not waste your storage space, you can set it up upload only the small JPEGs, and when an order is placed, the software automatically uploads the full res JPEG for the print. I've been pretty happy with their site. Enough so that I've become pretty lazy about continuing work on my own custom site.
8th of April 2005 (Fri), 06:56
Otta, have you ever used Breeze Browser's Order form option? Do you have any idea how to set that up with a Form Processor?
8th of April 2005 (Fri), 12:31
No sorry in the past I simply uploaded a printable form .Worked well, they sent me the for with the payment . I am doing less on the web now because of image theft (theft seems a harsh word but thats what it is ) and printing on site.
21st of April 2005 (Thu), 04:20
I have a sports site that is geared towards running and photography...
I purchased a template from ecommercetemplates.com that already incorporated the "paypal" code within to allow users to purchase online...works pretty well...
Have a look at http://www.ndorfnz.com
21st of April 2005 (Thu), 22:14
Also, check out shutterfly.com and photoreflect.com
21st of April 2005 (Thu), 23:16
ShutteringFocus, you could go the easy route and get a picture host to put the pictures on and use thier software to do the galleries, passwords, and even the printing/shipping if you wanted. Take a look at my sig and youll see a link to smugmug. For the pro account, $100us for the year *your probably paying more for hosting for the site, and this allows you to do the dns thing with your domain* you can host the pictures and let the site do all the work for you. Also with the pro account you can customize the page how ever you want if you wanted to do that.
26th of April 2005 (Tue), 11:16
Did you have to do a lot of customization with the paypay code? Did you have to do a lot with writing code of any sort or was setting up the paypay part fairly straigh forward?
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