Once you’ve worked on a batch of images, it’s far easier to create a complete gallery online and invite viewers to visit it rather than sending a giant archive to specific recipients.
By Frank Gallaugher
iCloud Photo Sharing effectively allows you (and others) to tap into your Apple ecosystem’s Photos feature from a browser. It’s by far the easiest way to share a gallery. With a photo enlarged to fullscreen, you can use the Comments tab at the bottom to write captions or titles (or tell a longform story about the shot if you like). It’s pretty clear that Apple designed these galleries for casual sharing among friends and family, but if you curate your album properly, there’s nothing to keep you from sending a link to a client. Of course, if you want fully professional results, there’s another option…
While it might seem silly to transfer photos a few inches from your desktop to your iPad when they have to go all the way to the web and back first when creating Collections for Lr Mobile, there is a side benefit of that. Every collection you sync with Lr Mobile exists as a gallery waiting for you online. Don’t worry, it’s private by default, and an amazing (and relatively unadvertised) feature is that there’s no storage limit at all— your Lr Mobile collections don’t count against your Creative Cloud storage allotment.
In Lightroom, under the Collections panel on the left, if you right-click on a collection, you’ll see Lightroom mobile Links, where you can either click on View on Web to go to the gallery, or Make Collection Public to broadcast it straight from the app.
To share the Collection with others, click Shared, then expand the menu by clicking on Options. You’ll be given a shortened URL that you can send to as many people as you like, or you can click Embed to get the code needed to paste into your own website if you like. You also have options to share directly to Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Further, you can choose whether to show all the images in the Collection, or specify only those that are Picked, Unflagged, or Rejected. And best of all, you can check Allow Downloads, and make the best use of the free storage space. This allows anyone with the URL to download a large (2048 pixels long) JPEG. And that download process is actually using Adobe’s Raw processing engine to generate the JPEGs, because remember, what’s being stored in Creative Cloud are just Smart Previews of your photos alongside metadata reflecting any adjustments you’ve made.
In the shared collection gallery, anyone with the link will see a grid view by default, and can click on an image to pull up a full-screen view. Doing so also pulls up two panels on the right of the screen. The Activity panel (left) allows viewers to Favorite images and write comments (to which you can respond—this collaborative aspect is on of the best features of these online galleries). The Photo Info panel (right) shows EXIF data, and offers the Download button (provided you’ve checked Allow Downloads for the Collection in the Sharing Options menu).
In the few short years since its introduction, the iPad has revolutionised how photographers work. At one time having a fully fledged computer or powerful laptop computer was considered essential, but now the iPad is the perfect photographer’s companion. The Photographer’s iPad is Frank Gallaugher’s comprehensive guide to using the iPad for your photography.
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