I've been wanting to use my skills to do some sort of service for Photographers for a while now and thought I'd finally ask.

My initial idea was to create a service that would let you create a beautiful and simple website, without ever leaving Light Room. How do you think that sounds?

If it sounds like a terrible idea, then tell me! And let me know what your big paint points are? What takes ages for you and what do you not like about photography?

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    Doesn't Lightroom already have a web gallery feature? Perhaps you could make some themes that extend that? – Michael Cook Jan 17 '13 at 22:52
  • I'm not sure. What do you use for your website? – Holger Edward Wardlow Sindbæk Jan 17 '13 at 22:55
  • I host on flickr and share to facebook or twitter or my personal (rarely updated) wordpress blog. – Michael Cook Jan 17 '13 at 23:05
  • Ok... What's the best plugin for lightroom that lets you upload images to a service? Do you have a portfolio somewhere on the internet? – Holger Edward Wardlow Sindbæk Jan 17 '13 at 23:11
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    I appreciate the intent, but notice that the faq lists "web site development" as off topic. – Caleb Jan 18 '13 at 0:40

It's not exactly a 'service' and if you're more into web programming and design, then this may not be your cup of tea, but how about contributing to darktable? It's open-source RAW development software written in C++.

  • A function that lets users create a beautiful website with the click of a button is not a service? Is there a lot of other services that does this now a days? – Holger Edward Wardlow Sindbæk Jan 17 '13 at 23:03
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    No, no, I meant that stand-alone application like darktable cannot really be called a 'service' :-) Sorry for the confusing inversion in the sentence. – Maciej Hrynczyszyn Jan 17 '13 at 23:07
  • Arh... hehe. I'm looking a bit more to do something like a service. Something that solves a painpoint photographers have. Let me know if you know some of the painpoints photographers have. – Holger Edward Wardlow Sindbæk Jan 17 '13 at 23:12

lightroom has a web gallery setup already. Some like it. Some don't.

A number of people have already built add-on plug-ins to do web galleries and similar publishing systems. One of the best known is LRP Portfolio: http://www.photographers-toolbox.com/products/smccormack/lrbportfolio/

photographer's toolbox is a good resource for starting research on what's out there for lightroom, by the way.

also take a look at Jeffrey Friedl's work, since he's done a lot of plug-ins that interface lightroom to various publishing sites like flickr or smugmug. His export plugins are generally considered the best out there.


  • Interesting. So this hooks up to your domain, so you can upload a quick gallery to show to potential clients? – Holger Edward Wardlow Sindbæk Jan 17 '13 at 23:50

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