How to setup a Lightbox Gallery on WordPress.com

I was Googling for an answer on how to use a Lightbox overlay for my photo galleries here on my blog. I nearly upgraded my WordPress.com plan to a business one so that I could install a plugin for a JS / Lightbox type thing…

Turns out, all you need to do is enable the carousel, and the background colour, in Settings / Media, simple as that.

Publishing my old photos

In a past life, I used to shoot a lot of live music. I’ve shot local acts from Newcastle, through to massive international acts. Some were fun to photograph, some less so, some were of bands I love, some less so.

With the deletion of my flickr account the other day, and that was where a lot of my photos lived, I decided that I should probably publish them somewhere else, and what better place than my own website.

Over the next few weeks / months, I’m planning on publishing as much of my old photos here as I possibly can, starting today, with The Veronicas. 

2016 photo workflow

Given where we are now, technology wise, compared to where we were 10-15 years ago, it’s taken me a surprisingly long amount of time to actually come up with a decent, repeatable, workflow for shooting, editing, uploading, and sharing. 

Here’s my current workflow, in brief;

  • shoot photos on iPhone 7 Plus, Panasonic GX7, GoPro Session, or Theta S
  • import photos not shot on iPhone into Photos.app, either on my MacBook Pro, iPad Pro, or iPhone 7 Plus
  • sort the keepers from the crap, all the while Photos.app is uploading and syncing to iCloud
  • do basic adjustments in Photos.app, i.e. rotate, crop, exposure
  • using Photos.app extension, open image in Priime for final style edits, save over the original image
  • export / share from Photos.app to Instagram and Flickr

Priime has been the app that has really brought it together for me as I was missing a decent editor that I could use on all my devices. Yeh I can achieve all of this using Lightroom on all devices, however that problem with a Lightroom-based workflow is that I end up with a lot of data duplication, i.e. Photos.app has a copy, and Lightroom has a copy. 

So far, this workflow has been really easy to adopt as my images are accessible and editable no matter what I’m working on. The only problem I’ve run into with it is that I have a Photos library in excess of 80,000 images and my upload connection is woefully slow, so it’s taking a long time to get everything up on iCloud. Fortunately, I’m going to Switzerland at the end of November and staying with a friend who has 400/200 fibre in his apartment.