My Photography Website & Studio Updates

   

I just wanted to take a moment and update you on two things. First off I'm enjoying my time off and having a ball with my photography hobby. As I stated in my "I'm on Sabbatical" post, I'm in the process of moving into a new larger studio and for the most par the move is complete. I'm thrilled with the way everything turned out and although at times it felt like "work", I am enjoying the break from my day job "work". :) With that said, I updated my Photography website with pics of the new studio AND a NEW Portfolio look/template.

 

The Turning Gate Horizon CE Plug-in

I wrote a post a while back about using The Turning Gate (TTG) Lightroom Plug-ins to generate and update my website completely from within Adobe Lightroom 3. While I dabble in web work with my day job, I'm not a web guy and I don't have one on staff either. This means that I either have to do the work myself or pay someone each time. While I certainly see the value in paying a pro (like Erik who designed my blog templates), when it comes to my photography website I need the ability to update it as frequently as I want to. This means doing the updating myself. That's why I'm glad that The Turning Gate plug-ins exist. 

The New Horizon CE Plug-in is what I'm now using for the Portfolio pages. I first saw this "scrolling" kind of web gallery on Scott Kelby's site and back then Scott did a post on how his was created by the very talented "RC Concepcion". While Scott's site is great, I don't have an "RC" on staff :) . At first I wasn't sure that I would like the Horizon plug-in. It was just so different from the ones I've used in the past in terms of navigation being a simple scroll bar. However, after I loaded my images in and tested it I got used to it right away. Also it's important to me that my site work on mobile devices like smartphones, iPads, iPhones and other tablets. The Horizon CE Plug-in generated pages are mobile compatible and use the device's built-in scrolling capabilities. This means no need for Javascript or plugins when viewed on non-desktop browsers. 

While my old TTG plug-ins worked both on the desktop and on mobile devices, I was using the AutoViewer galleries for desktop viewing and they are Flash based. I liked the way they worked, but it was a two step process to update them. I'd first have to export the container/mobile gallery and then the AutoViewer gallery. With the Horizon CE plug-in I only have to do one export for each gallery and replacing it is as easy as doing another export with new pics. 

Check out The Turning Gate Lightroom Plug-ins here. Thanks again Matthew for making my life a little easier.

The Plug-ins That Created My Site:

TTG Pages CE, TTG Stage CE, TTG Auto Index & TTG Horizon CE

 

The New Studio

Like I said, I'm having a blast now that I get to use the studio. Above is a production shot of the Westcott Spiderlite TD6 and the 54"x72" LARGE shallow softbox.

You can check out the Studio pics and my updated photography website here.



  • http://www.simchahphotography.com James Taylor

    Terry,
    The studio looks great! Thanks for the info on the TTG products. On your main webpage you have a gallery of images that scroll one at a time. What was that made with? Is it a TTG product? Looks like it might be running within a stages template?

    Thanks,

    JT

    • http://terrywhite.com Terry White

      The gallery on the main page was generated by TTG Pages. Thanks!

  • http://imagesbyjw.com Jan Winther

    Terry, that studio looks amazing. I cant get my around the size of that white cyc wall. Very cool. The hole in the ceiling is that for lighting too?

    • http://terrywhite.com Terry White

      The hole is for lighting or cameras. Thanks!

  • http://blog.lobrecht.com/rick/ Rick Lobrecht

    Terry, nice site. I was especially excited to see how well it works on the iPad. It scaled quite nicely when the iPad is portrait, but its too tall if the iPad is landscape. I assume this effect would be worse on a “wide-screen” Android tablet.

    And as always the photography is good as well.

    Rick

    • http://terrywhite.com Terry White

      I’m still looking at tweaking image size for the variety of different screen sizes and orientations. Thanks!

  • http://www.andifnot.com Robert Anderson

    Terry,

    Glad you are enjoying your Sabbatical. Your studio looks great and so too your website and beautiful pictures.
    I am re-building my web site using TTG Stages, as well. I do not see a way to create (embed?) a slideshow as you have on your Home page from within TTG Pages. Can you direct me to a bit more detail on where it can be found and perhaps how it is done.
    I know your time is precious, any help will be very appreciated.

    • http://terrywhite.com Terry White

      Thanks, Assuming you’re using Pages CE 4.x (I didn’t see it at first either in the newest version), it’s in the Home Page: Media Box section and under the “Media Box Type” popup. It’s called Galleria Slideshow.

      • http://www.andifnot.com Robert Anderson

        Man, I’ve got a lot of digging to do. Much gold to be found down at bed rock.
        Thank you very much.

  • Gary Stiles

    Hi Terry
    I LOVE your site.
    How would you rate the difficulty level, for a computer savvy photographer with no web design/coding experience, to do a website similar to yours with TTG?

    I look forward to seeing you at PSW!

    • http://terrywhite.com Terry White

      Thanks! You will need some basic knowledge of website structures, FTP, etc.

    • http://theturninggate.net Matthew Campagna

      Hi Gary,

      I’m Matt, the TTG guy. I do try to keep things as simple as possible for users without web-design experience. Many of my users have no previous experience setting up websites, and still manage to pull together very nice sites using my plugins. While there is something of a learning curve, and you will need to understand things like website structure and FTP, I do provide tutorials on these topics, and a support forum where you can get answers to your questions.

      Cheers,
      Matt

  • Ray Hughes

    Fantastic studio! I am an attorney when I am not pretending to be a photographer and I wish that I had as nice a reception area as you have, much less the other areas. Great planning and better execution!