Upload Dog Photography to Websites Directly from Workflow Application

By Kim Rodgers, Sarah Sypniewski

After you purchase your domain name and hosting plan, you’re the official owner of an FTP (file transfer protocol) address where you can create a web gallery to share your dog photography. An FTP address is like a URL address (uniform resource locator, a fancy name for a website address), but instead of starting with www., it starts with ftp.

Your FTP address is a password-protected location on the web where all your online files live. It’s where you upload your Lightroom web gallery files to, so be sure you know your hosting plan’s user name and password (you create these when you purchase your hosting plan).

If you’re ready to create a custom web gallery, open Lightroom and follow these steps:

  1. Click the Library module in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.

  2. Select a folder or collection and navigate to the photos you want to include in your web gallery. Select images in the Grid View or filmstrip.

    To select one photo, simply click it. To select multiple contiguous photos, click the first photo in the sequence, hold down the Shift key, and then click the last photo in the sequence. All photos between the first and last one are now selected. To select multiple noncontiguous photos, click the first photo and then hold down the Control key (Windows) or Command key (Mac) to select other photos.

  3. Click the Web module in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.

    All the photos you selected in Step 2 should now appear highlighted in the filmstrip at the bottom of the screen.

  4. From the Template Browser panel on the left-hand side of the screen, click through the different template options until you find one you want to use.

    The preview of your currently selected template loads in the work area at the center of the screen.

  5. Customize your website information via the Site Info panel on the right-hand side of your screen.

  6. Customize your gallery even further by experimenting with the different options in the Color Palette, Appearance, and Image Info panels.

    Each adjustment you make is immediately visible in your preview at the center of your screen.

  7. In the Output Settings panel, choose the level of quality you want to set for your photos.

    This is a personal preference that depends on how you’re using the gallery. If you’re going to share this gallery with friends and family and you want them to see very high-resolution images, choose a quality close to 100 percent. If this is a proofing gallery for a client and you don’t want the client to have access to high-resolution images, try a lower quality, like 70 percent.

    Also, consider the number of photos you’re uploading. The higher the quality, the larger the image files are and the longer they take to load. If you have a lot of photos in your gallery, err on the side of lesser quality.

  8. In the Output Settings panel, check or uncheck the Watermarking check box.

    Again, this is a personal preference that depends on how you’re using the gallery. If you’re sharing this web gallery only with friends and family, you probably don’t need to watermark your photos. If, on the other hand, this is a proofing gallery for a client, you definitely want to add a watermark.

    You can choose the standard Simple Copyright Watermark or create a custom watermark by selecting Edit Watermarks from the drop-down menu. Doing so opens the Watermark Editor, where you can type custom text, change its color, add shadow effects, and so on.


  9. While still in the Output Settings panel, check or uncheck the Sharpening check box.

  10. Click the Preview in Browser button near the lower left-hand corner of your screen.

    This launches your default web browser so you can see what your results look like. If you’re satisfied, move on to the next step. If you don’t like how your web gallery looks, adjust your settings back in Lightroom accordingly.

  11. Close your browser and return to the Web module within Lightroom.

    The Upload Settings panel on the right-hand side of your screen is where you specify your FTP information so Lightroom can automatically upload your web gallery to your website.

  12. Click the drop-down menu next to FTP Server and choose Edit.

    This opens the Configure FTP File Transfer window.

  13. In the Server text field, type your FTP address; in the Username text field, type the user name you created when you bought your hosting plan; in the Password text field, type the password you created when you bought your hosting plan.

    If you want your gallery to upload to your main domain name, leave the Server Path text field blank. If you want your gallery to upload to an alternate section of your site, simply specify a folder name (for example, “Proofs”). If you do specify a Server Path, your gallery uploads to that subsection of your website. Leave the rest of the options set at their defaults and click OK.

  14. If you want to have multiple web galleries available at once, you need to specify a subfolder. In the Upload Settings panel, check the Put in Subfolder check box and specify a folder name.

  15. Click the Upload button in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen and let Lightroom work its magic.

    When the task is completed, you have a customized live web gallery to share with the world.