Show your work!

As readers here know, I am a big proponent of printing your work: a photo isn’t a photo until it is printed and framed and hung on your wall.

That said, web shares can make sense too. Like this one here, which I made in minutes using Lightroom:

The URL is

So how do you do this in Lightroom?

The Lightroom part is easy. There are several ways, but here’s how I recommend you do it:

  1. Make a collection of your intended photos.
  2. Sort them into the order you like (that’s one reason you use a collection: you can sort in collections, but not in folders).
  3. Go to the WEB module.
  4. Select a starting layout on the left side.
  5. Now tune that to your liking with the fields on the right side – they are pretty self-explanatory. Just see what each one does.
  6. When done, EXPORT your site. I expert to my desktop, and I call it something meaningful, say “PrintSale”.

Now the more difficult bit. You need:

  • A web site you manage.
  • FTP access to that site (you need a username, and a password, and the ability to upload stuff to your site using that username and password).
  • The ability to create directories in your site, which then will become added to the URL.
  • An FTP client, such as Cyberduck. Which is free.

Ask your provider about this, quoting the stuff above, or direct them to this post.

I manage all my sites on, but there are many other excellent providers too.

So now you upload your new pages:

  1. I start my FTP client (Cyberduck)
  2. I log into my site using its URL and the FTP username and password.
  3. I navigate, if needed, to my site’s root (basic) directory.
  4. I now drop the afore-made folder (e.g. “PrintSale”) from my desktop onto the site.

And I am done! My site is, and when I upload the folder I just made, called “PrintSale”, I can now navigate to!

This is one if Lightroom’s very cool features, so I recommend you get to know it. Or you upload to Flickr or Facebook, more about which in a future post – but then you get less control.

Two more notes:

Yes, I am doing a special print sale: Back to prints! Follow the URL and contact me if you want one of my works. Details and pricing also on, but note, I have special pricing in the period leading up to Christmas.

I teach Lightroom in private coaching sessions, to beginners as well as to pro photographers. In a few hours you learn all you need to kickstart your productivity.


2 thoughts on “Show your work!

  1. Hi Mike,
    I recently used Lightroom to post an album of a road trip that I made so that I could share my images with friends. Thank you for the idea, I got it from reading your blog, I remembered a previous post suggesting this feature. I used the FTP feature of in the Web section of Lightroom to publish the album directly to my website. I didn’t need to export to my computer before sending the album to my host. I found it simpler and faster that way.
    Thanks for your great work.

    • Yes, I used to do that too, but it got unreliable, many dropped connections, so I went back to FTP’ing separately. Also, it was quicker. But either way, the feature is very useful, isn’t it?
      And thanks for the compliment. All I ask is, tell all your friends. 🙂

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