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Lightroom Photo Gallery Templates

We all want to show off our photos as best as possible on the Web and one of the best ways of doing this is with a Lightroom photo gallery. I showed you how to build one not long ago but I want to give you more resources than just the standard templates. Don’t get me wrong, I love the default templates and I use them all the time but you know what they say. Variety is the spice of life.  🙂

After searching far and wide across the www for you, here are some of my favorites. Some are free and some are just worth the minimal price they ask.


LRB Portfolio

This is by far my favorite one. Why? Because for $15, yes, one-five, you can create a fully functional photography website! Sean McCormack did a great job here. You get a Home, About and Contact page and up to 6 photo galleries using the popular horizontal scroll bar look. It’s pack with features including a full user guide (how cool is that!). You can purchase it directly from his Website here or at Adobe.

FotoPlayer

This is a great free Lightroom plugin from FotoPlayer.com that has both Website templates and gallery templates. It has 5 for Websites and 15 for galleries. All are very customizable and if you’re not sure about certain features, there’s a complete online user guide. Way cool!

Lightroom Galleries

Lightroom Galleries is actually a site with many free photo galleries for Lightroom 2.  The galleries are clean and simple and show off your images well. Some of them even have Paypal integration if you ever want to sell your prints. A great new add-on for your Lightroom gallery templates, for sure!

The Turning Gate Templates

The Turning Gate also offers a bunch of free Lightroom web photo galleries and a couple paid ones too. One of my favorites from the bunch is the free Photo Stack. The only drawback is that you can’t see a live preview in Lightroom but it looks so cool. 🙂 They also have a great HTML gallery called Client Response which is great if you have clients that need to make selections or leave comments. For only $10, I think it’s really worth it.

Foto Flow Gallery

Digital Crafts has a visually pleasing photo gallery for Lightroom 2 called Foto Flow. I’m listing it here because  of the 3D feel to it. But I have to say that I find it a bit pricey at $29.90 if you compare it to the likes of LRB Portfolio.

Slideshow Pro

Slideshow Pro is probably the photo gallery with the most customizable features but the look is very similar to other free products. Is it worth it for $35? Up to you to decide since you can try it free if you don’t mind big white letters across it.

And The Turning Gate also has a geat step by step tutorial on uploading your Web Photo Galleries directly from Lightroom. It’s worth the read! 🙂 I couldn’t have done a better tutorial myself.

If you know of any other Lightroom photo galleries worth installing, please share the links with us.

16 responses on "Lightroom Photo Gallery Templates"

  1. Good information again. Thanks a lot!

  2. Hi, I created a Moonfruit gallery, but now I am working in having a lightroom gallery. My question is, do I have to delete the existent moonfruit gallery and how do I do that, or can I upload to the same domain Lightroom without erasing the other?

  3. Hi there,

    First great site Yanik, im going to carry on reading through it now!

    I see a few issues above with wanting to display full size images and also have menu options for links to your site, i found this as a great template with a lot of customisation available:

    http://www.photographers-toolbox.com/

    The Impact one shows full size images and I love the look of the Jigasarus

    Just thought I would share the wealth

  4. This is the coolest website and stories that i have ever read…its useful for me as im a lecturer and always motivate my students with these publised stories…thank you …and waiting for plenty more…www.selectnikeshoes.com welcome

  5. Thx Yanik for your help, I was taring to make a photo gallery for one one my website, now with your help I think I ca do.

  6. I’m new to this side of Lightroom but how do I install a newly downloaded gallery?

  7. Thanks for the overview Yanik. Do you know of any resources I could read where I could learn how to take a gallery I create in Lightroom and drop in into a page on an existing website? I basically want my current website homepage, with the existing navigation buttons, footers, etc., with a lightroom gallery in the body. I have reasonable but limited experience creating webpages. Any idea where I could learn how to do this?

    Cheers,
    Chris

  8. this site has some good lightroom web galleries, they ask for a donation if you like the gallery, they have a photo stack gallery but I like it most that the one in The turning gates http://www.paulvanroekel.nl/lightroom/

  9. Thanks for your reaction Doug. Unfortunately that’s not what I meant. Maybe I should explain it better. The problem with these lightroom galleries (either flash or html based) is that one doesn’t have buttons with links. Like a homebutton, a contactbutton etc..
    I would like to make these myself within the templates, but this is pretty difficult since the galleries are made in layers. I would like to add a navigation menu (CSS or javascript based) but don’t know how to manage that.

  10. Try iWeb, rapidweaver or erm coffeecup? (pc) for a cheap and easy way to build a basic site to string together as many lightroom galleries as you like

    Remember to check compatibilty on the nearest idevice, being flash based, many templates simply won’t work.

  11. Hi Yannik,

    I’d really like your tutorials and this one is a pleasure to see since I’m struggling myself to build a website with galleries. Do you know a possibility to create several galleries in one website and link them all through home-buttons or directly.

  12. I’m using Simpleviewer and like having the ability to disable the right click functions (copy, print etc), but want the larger image to be closer to full screen. Any suggestions?

  13. Thanks you for the links Yanik. LRB looks really nice and I’ll give it a try.

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    @ Luis

    Check out The Turning Gate. They have the Autoviewer galleries. 🙂

  15. What about the free Autoviewer? It’s easy to figure and customize!
    It even supports keyboard navigation!

  16. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I had downloaded Fotoplayer to use with JAlbum but I would much prefer to do it myself through Lightroom and I didn’t even know it was possible. I love your site. I learn a lot every week.

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