Minimalist Photography Theme
I have been a Woo Member for over a year and love the quality of your stuff. I'm a web designer in a past job but now have a photography career.
My website Blog is unfortunately a ProPhoto Theme, as good as it is everyone else out there is using them and I want mine to be different. I would love to do my Blog site using a Woo Theme but I feel the Galleries you offer in you themes are limited and don't offer what I want.
ProPhoto have several gallery outputs to choose from including Lightbox and Flash slideshows.
Would Woo Theme consider building a 'Gallery' Plug-in that could be imported into any of your themes. That would rock big time.
Are you planning any new themes for 'photographers'??
Also the ability to add e-commerce to a client area when people can select images and products would be awesome. Just dreaming about the perfect theme!
Hope you have some good news for me.
Statua has been released: http://www.woothemes.com/2011/06/to-all-photographers-meet-statua/
Danny Goldfarb commented
I'm stoked to see this - I am new to woothemes, just joined about 2 weeks ago.
I actually already have a blog with the (AutoFocus+) theme - www.blog.wasound.com
I would love to switch it over to woothemes, i hope it's good!
AdminRyan Ray (Admin, WooThemes) commented
This theme is scheduled for release next week, hope you all love it. :)
I'm also keen to hear on this theme?
Did we get an answer on the status of this theme ? I have been waiting on this one and very excited for its release
Was this released? The status says "couple of weeks" and just wondering how current that is...
Most of the WP themes I have seen that do photography are small scale portfolio sites. A couple of hundred photo's max.
I'd like to see a theme with a better approach to searching through photo's. When I last did a site for a photographer they needed people to create complex queries to search through photo's.
As a pro he was adding many 100's of photo's a week and wanted people to be able for example search for all the photo's in the category: bird tagged: duck and tagged:flying but not those tagged mallard.
It would be great to have a fast way to tag photo's
John V commented
I commented on this suggestion about 6 months ago. Since then I have switched to the Canvas theme from EPhoto by Elegantthemes. There is some functionality that I gave up (option to view a lightbox view or go to a detail page from a thumbnail, scroll through all current images from the lightbox) but the flexibility of canvas (thumbnail sizes, layout sizes, updates, and constant improvements) made the choice easy.
This is what I ended up with: Http://ThePerceptiveImage.com
Hopefully the new theme will have this and more. Keep up the great work.
@Thomas. Thank you for the SlideshowPro tip. I've tried SImpleviewer Pro: http://www.simpleviewer.net/products/. They seem to be competing in the same niche and both have wordpress plugins. I'll check out SlideshowPro.
@Adii: It would be fine to have the integration of SlideshowPro Director / SlidePress from http://SlideshowPro.net to offer the complete workflow from Lightroom / Aperture into Wordpress. All slideshows from SSP have a fallback from Flash to HTML5 for the display on iOS (iPad & Co.).
SlideShowPro Director WordPress plugin - http://bit.ly/hSFj3J
Working example with Inspire: http://www.staglieno.eu
Scott Webb commented
As Shawn mentioned, Krop is doing awesome things for photography and graphic portfolios. The way they work is simply awesome - to integrate something like that into a WP theme is beyond me, especially in a way that wouldn't be confusing to the majority of users.
I'm tempted to look more at Krop in the future - just to house a portfolio. I have a feeling the woo team just need to see what's going on elsewhere and they'll work their magic. I'd say some research on Krop could be very valuable.
I like aspects of the Caffeinated theme recently released. I particularly like the blog layout and the use of WP 3.0 taxonomy in the creation of a portfolio. The Lupa and Krop sites suggested below are inspiring. Graph Paper Press uses the parent/child theme model in the photoblog theme category, but I've never been a big fan of their code and support. I'd advocate for creating an image-centric Woo theme that becomes the framework for more idiosyncratic expressions.
I suppose it's impossible to secure images 100%, but a portfolio theme should make it harder to hotlink and download images. Simpleviewer has a new Wordpress plugin for generating galleries from WP or Flickr galleries.
Krop examples... the best of the best for minimalist themes.
This is part of the package from:
Seriously.. you should see what they are doing with the thumbnail manipulation and sizing in the backend. There are about a dozen ultra high quality templates to choose from.
You asked for the best.. I think this qualifies right up there...
I hope this provides some inspiration for the upcoming woo photo themes.
Scott Webb commented
Wow so it is prophotoblogs.com/demo1 or more that are what every single wedding photographer on the internet seems to use for their blog/website now.
The exposure theme is tough when it comes to portrait orientation.
Mix some of these features into canvas and you could be laughing. Canvas still has issues with portrait orientation, and I am probably going to put 2 portrait photos side by side to be the same width as a landscape image. I mean every site and blog has this issue though with portrait because our monitors are primed for landscape.
There was some 'design' inspiration from a theme that I don't think is mentioned here. If I come across it, I'll add it.
Place too look might be photoshelter.com to how some photographers display images.
check out this portfolio, minimalist photo setup. Seriously cool!
@Adii - I don't think Exposure does it well. I own it, but haven't been able to get it to look the way I want. I think I'm too much of a control freak, so I find myself drawn more to Canvas that Exposure.
In fairness, I haven't spent any time digging into Exposure, but when I look at other people's installations, I don't see elements that make me say, "Hey, I could totally tweak that to meet my needs..." Also, I like the hooks in Canvas, and want to be able to take advantage of that flexibility.
I have to agree with Shane on TimThumb. The biggest disappointment I have so far is the inability to treat my images uniquely. Some are 4x6. Some are 6x4. Some are square.... but TimThumb treats them all the same, and it's brutal for a photographer.
I'm trying to be polite, but imagine stronger language? :-) I think Richard falls into the same camp here.
Carlos Takemura commented
I would certainly consider buying a theme like Lupa: http://lupa.io/
I had a client ask me to do a photo theme recently that I actually had to turn down because I have never seen a working example anywhere for what she needed.
Basically she takes the pictures at schools for the kids yearbooks. Each kid needs access to their own page of pictures where they can place orders for multiple pictures/sizes/quantities/packages. Ok so far no problem....
behind the scenes ordering of pictures through printing services was important to her as well. However customer never gets access to original full size image for obvious reasons.
However, because it's dealing with kids privacy is of huge concern. How do you protect each childs page from the public while allowing it to be found easily. How do you deal with automated lost password regeneration for a specific childs picture sections. (password protect post won't work).
I suppose the same concept would work for wedding, event, graduation, etc, type of photo services. Basically anyone that needs to sell clients pictures in a protected manner.
I'm definitely not going to take the job on, but figured I would pass on the idea for future use. I don't believe there is a system that does this for wp yet.
I am curently using the ePhoto theme from elegantthemes. I have tried aperture and exposure and wasn't happy with either. I am currently using coda and inspire for other sites and would prefer to use a Woo theme for my photo site (support / framework / continued improvement)
The biggest problem I have found is support for Portrait orientation vrs landscape (this was added to ePhoto by the users and ignored by the author)