Making Your Own Photography Gallery
It’s not difficult to create your own online photography gallery. There are many tools and options that you can find online, and even if you have never built a website before, you’ll be able to set up your own online gallery. If you have programming and website-building experience, you can of course create more complicated galleries.
Videos vs Slideshows
There are plenty of slideshow creators, such as Slide and Photobucket. Though these can work also in showcasing your travel images, slideshows can be considered quite outdated. Furthermore, viewers don’t have much control over how long they can view particular images.
It’s more advisable to create and upload your travel videos. If you want to showcase your travel photos, piece them together into a video. Not only will you be able to have more control over the whole duration, there are more transition options available for video. Also, you have more available channels to showcase your travel videos, such as YouTube and Vimeo. It’s also easier to embed the videos to any blog or website.
Building a Photography Gallery for Beginners
For those without experience in website-building, there are many ways to create free online photo galleries. One is through photo sharing and storage sites, such as Flickr, Picasa and Photobucket. These sites are actually more of a community, but you can leverage on them to showcase your photos.
There are other sites that are targeted specifically towards artists. You can try creating an online gallery at ArtistPortfolio.net. Illustrators and painters also set up online galleries here. BlueZeppelin.com is another portal frequented by visual artists. Photo.net is of course still the most popular online community and gallery for photographers. CreatingOnline.com has a gallery generator that you can insert in your website or blog.
Building a Gallery for Advanced Users
If you have a background in computer programming, then you can build your own photo gallery and customize it according to your taste. If you have never built a website before, it’s easy to find a freelance programmer who can do it for you at a good price. A good option is to find a PHP builder. PHP scripts and codes enable you to further customize your desired online photo gallery. You can segregate your photos into different categories, indicate if you can scroll through the thumbnails or if it will all appear in one page, and you can dictate what would happen if a visitor clicks on it.
There are also some available software that can create your online gallery and incorporate it in your site. You can look into Raizlabs, Pixexpose and more. Some Macromedia site-building software can also be used to create photo galleries.
If you’re looking at having your own website or blog and showcasing your photographs there, you can even head to free blog hosting sites such as Blogspot and Livejournal. There are templates you can download and install that are specifically tailored to showcase your photographs. If you’re setting up your own blog, you can purchase Wordpress templates or CSS sheets that are designed as a photography gallery.