Many of the newer WordPress themes offer some slick interfaces for photo blogs. However, a lot of times they require a lot of trial and error to display the images as you want—whether it’s due to the image sizes or orientation. Also, most times the WP themes will have nice picture features for the home page, but your posts and pages will not have the same look. There are some plugins you can use to achieve your desired results—and I’ve used some that are quite good. But you may or may not be aware that you can spice up your WordPress photo blog using some of the functionality in your Adobe Lightroom software.
For example, I added this slider/viewer to some of the pages on my site which was exported from Lightroom. It’s a fairly straight forward process to add these elements to your WordPress site.
Once you’re in Lightroom and have the photos you want included, click on the Web tab. Select the Airtight AutoViewer (or another layout style you want). Here, you can also set the options for image size, titles, captions, etc.
Once you click the Export button, a folder is created with four files and a subfolder with your images. Copy the main folder and files (except for the index file which you don’t need) to the same directory where your WordPress is installed.
Next, you need to install a plugin for the embedded Flash object. I use the Kimili Flash Embed plugin. Then, on the page or post where you want your image viewer to appear, add the following short code:
[kml_flashembed movie=’/FolderName/viewer.swf’ height=’500′ width=’700′ base=’.’ allowfullscreen=’true’ wmode=’transparent’/]
Be sure to change “FolderName” to whatever you’ve named your folder that was exported from Lightroom. And adjust the height and width to your desired specifications.
Now when you view your photo blog, you should be able to browse your photos using the viewer you created in Adobe Lightroom!