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need to create a gallery that clients can use to choose photos for editing

Explorer ,
Jan 24, 2023 Jan 24, 2023

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Hi All,

 

tl;dr need gallery that clients can use to choose photos for editing. The more automation, the better.

 

I am quoting to shoot 160 headshots for a company, and I want to streamline the photo-choice process. I'd like to upload 3-5 unedited photos per person into an online gallery (password-protected), and allow them to tick a box on their favourite, and then have that list of favourites automatically come back to me so I can edit the right ones.

 

Ideally, it'd be great if Lightroom Classic (my database of choice) could import those choices automatically (and marking them with a flag, colour, or star rating). I have the vague notion that Lightroom CC may be the way to go, but I've never used it and am not sure if the niche need I have can be done or not.

 

Can the Adobe Cloud ecosystem give me this functionality? (I am a subscriber to the entire suite).

 

You see, I normally shoot 20 or fewer people at a time (I usually work with much smaller companies), so for these clients I create a simple gallery from Lightroom Classic and upload that via ftp to my own domain. Then the portrait subjects email me their choices. It's a little faffy, plus this workflow will be impractical for 160 people.

 

Eventually, I'd like to create a portfolio website the same way, and have password-protected pages for clients. 

 

Any suggestions are appreciated!

 

Chas

 

 

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Jan 24, 2023 Jan 24, 2023

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You could have a look at the "Collaborative Proofing" function in the LrWeb app (it's a "Technology Preview", so would have to be enabled first). It's intention is to allow the photographer to share an album with a client (or multiple clients), and allowing each of them to select a number of images (you can set a limit to the number of "selects"). Once selected, you can filter the selects by client, and automatically have those selects added to a new album (e.g. with the clients name), which makes subsequent targetted editing easier. Those albums would sync back to LrC for editing there.

 

There's no password option, though I guess the generated URL of the album is a form of password. And I'm not clear from your description if you want to share one album per person, or one album to which all the company's people would need to access to choose their own favourite. Either way, it's all that's currently available using the cloud. It obviously needs improvement, but you might be able to make it work.

 

A portfolio web-site is already possible using the Adobe Portfolio product (included in your subscription), and it can be password-protected. It is not interactive however, it's a viewing-only tool to showcase your images.

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Explorer ,
Jan 24, 2023 Jan 24, 2023

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Hi Jim,

 

Thank you very much for your kind reply! Sounds like just what I need. I'll try it out right away (just need to figure out how to find it, and enable it 🙂

 

And the client hasn't decided if they want it to be one albumn per person, or one album for the whole company (that's what I'll be pushing for, would be far more efficient). 

 

And thanks also for the info on Adobe Portfolio, something else for me to try 🙂

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Jan 24, 2023 Jan 24, 2023

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To enable it, open the LrWeb app in any browser by logging in to lightroom.adobe.com using your Adobe ID credentials. When logged in, click on your avatar top right and select Technology Previews, then you'll see the option to enable Collaborative Proofing.

 

Once enabled, select the album and you will see various icons at the bottom of the grid at the left-hand side. The 4th from the left should be the "Proofing" icon, click on that and start following the prompts. Come back if you need help.

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Jan 24, 2023 Jan 24, 2023

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Thanks for that, it wasn't quite intuitive (me not having ever logged in to online lightroom!).

A bit of googling didn't come up with the answer, good thing you were here 🙂

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Jan 24, 2023 Jan 24, 2023

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Glad to be able to help. The LrWeb app is a bit of a "hidden gem", many users don't know it exists, but it's my "go-to" app for syncing issues and image/album sharing. I particularly like the ability to add Sparks-style text and section dividers to a shared album (basically being able to enhance the story) which only LrWeb allows.

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Definitely sounds like a hidden gem indeed!

 

Just to be clear: if I implement Collaborative Proofing, is that using LrWeb? (I don't see any reference to that). 

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Jan 24, 2023 Jan 24, 2023

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You can only activate and setup Collaborative Proofing via the LrWeb portal, and when the selects come back you can only filter for them in LrWeb. Once you have created the album(s) containing the selects, that album will appear in all your connected apps (as a collcetion in LrC). The images can then be edited in any app as normal.

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Jan 24, 2023 Jan 24, 2023

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Oh, is LrWeb just a name for lightroom.adobe.com? My mistake, I thought it was some sort of extra plugin. Right, I understand more now 🙂

 

And the tip to actually make another album with the selects (in order for them to appear as a collection in LrC) is a great tip.

 

I just did a bit of experimenting: selects I made in another browser window didn't show up in the original album (the one with collaborative proofing turned on) until I refreshed that browser window. Is this expected behaviour, or should the selects show up automatically?

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Yes, Lrweb is just shorthand for the app that runs in a browser window when logged in at lightroom.adobe.com.

 

Yes, you'll need to refresh the window if you want that immediate feedback, there's no automatic refresh (unless you use an auto-refresh browser extension). 

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Jan 24, 2023 Jan 24, 2023

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always good to know the nuances! (thanks for all the nuances 🙂

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Jan 24, 2023 Jan 24, 2023

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quote

And the tip to actually make another album with the selects (in order for them to appear as a collection in LrC) is a great tip.

 

By @cgtway

 

Yes, the selects are only visible in LrWeb (in the Proofing tab), so creating a dedicated per user album/collection to get visibility into LrC is very helpful. When experimenting, see the drop down list at the top centre of the proofing grid, which is where you can filter per client if you've shared with multiple clients.

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great tip (again), thanks! This is going to really help. 

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