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Galleries Question

Posted by: Mary Bedy on 10/09/2012 - 10:14 AM

I have organized my stuff into galleries, but I'm trying to break down one I have called "Still Life and Miscellaneous". I have way too many works in that gallery and I figure I should break it up. What do the rest of you do with work that doesn't really fit into a category? Maybe I should have a "Still Life" gallery and and "everything else" gallery? Stuff like "Architecture" and "Botanical" - two of my other galleries - are pretty obvious, but there's always that odd thing that doesn't fit anywhere.

I'm a pretty organized person, but I hate it when you get down to the last few things that you really don't know what to do with....

I would be curious to hear how many galleries other people have and how many works you have in each gallery (like the maximum).


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Posted by: Jeffrey Campbell on 10/09/2012 - 10:55 AM

I do not organise in the traditional sense, Mary. But, if you have a look you may get an idea.


Posted by: Mary Bedy on 10/09/2012 - 10:59 AM

Yes, I've been through your galleries before, Jeffrey, and that is, indeed, an interesting way to categorize. My brain wants me to do it by subject, however. I think I need to go through my biggest gallery and figure out what I can switch to something else...don't know.

I like your idea of "Gift ideas for her" and "Gift ideas for him", however. That's an interesting concept.


Posted by: Mike Savad on 10/09/2012 - 11:00 AM

i break it down by category. so anything doctor related is put into that, anything sewing, etc. but your not kidding about your still life section, 600+ i would break it up:

a lot of these aren't still lifes - like animals aren't still lifes.

abandoned rusty things and texture
sewing projects?

some of the rusty things and transportation can be mixed into something called industrial.

---Mike Savad


Posted by: Mary Bedy on 10/09/2012 - 11:02 AM

Thanks, Mike - I threw the animals in there because I have "miscellaneous" tacked onto the gallery title, but I have some more animals I can post - good thought. And I have plenty of rusty things...


Posted by: Douglas Wilks on 10/09/2012 - 11:04 AM

I looked at the gallery you titled "Still Life and Miscellaneous" and saw several other galleries you can create with the images there. You do have some abstracts that could be a gallery. I also noticed watches and clocks that could become a gallery called "Time" or "Timepieces." I noticed several great images of light that could be in a seperate gallery. There are also a variety of flowers that you could have in a seperate gallery.
I have several galleries and one of them, Montana Landscapes has over 60 images in it---which is the largest gallery on my website. I try to keep my images in galleries that have a similar theme or style; clouds, black and white, and flowers and insects. I also make sure to give each photo the tag word for the gallery.


Posted by: Mary Bedy on 10/09/2012 - 11:09 AM

Thanks, Douglas. I have a lot of the stuff in that gallery that I also included in other galleries, so I should probably go through and just make it a pure still life gallery, make a couple more categories and move stuff accordingly. I've just gotten carried away with the "miscellaneous" part....these suggestions are helping, thanks, guys.


Posted by: Jeffrey Campbell on 10/09/2012 - 11:11 AM


Have you thought about reviewing some of the well-known photographers' galleries on the web to see how they organise? If may give you additional ideas.


Posted by: Andee Photography on 10/09/2012 - 11:13 AM

Here are some Galleries ideas I see, categories that would be nice so at a glance a customer that wanted something more specific they could go right to it.


Old Locks and Keys and Doors

Abstract Works


Clouds or Sky



Time Pieces or
Pocket watches

Ships and Boats

Vintage works




Textures in Nature


Some you have in ther could go in flowers or nature



Posted by: Mary Bedy on 10/09/2012 - 11:15 AM

I will do that, Jeffrey. I should probably start a location-specific gallery since I live Michigan and have several photos specific to the state, but they are mostly in the Landscape gallery already. I don't think a lot of them are in that "miscellaneous" gallery. However, that said, I've been throwing everything and the kitchen sink in there, so I don't even remember what's in there now...I guess it's time for some house cleaning.


Posted by: Christine Till on 10/09/2012 - 11:15 AM

Every coin has two sides. I was thinking about re-organizing, too, but I link from my other websites and blogs to the images in my FAA galleries, and when I re-organize my galleries then all these external links are broken.


Posted by: Mary Bedy on 10/09/2012 - 11:17 AM

Thanks Andee - I already have a couple of those categories as galleries. I think I will start with the types of images I have the most of in there, and make a gallery for those first, whatever they are....then figure out how to shuffle the rest.

I called one gallery "nostalgia" - but maybe I should change the name to "vintage".


Posted by: Mary Bedy on 10/09/2012 - 11:22 AM

Christine, I don't have links anywhere on my images to it's not an issue. I'm going in now and make a "floral" gallery. That will eliminate a lot of my miscellaneous. Also I have a "trees, flowers and botanical" gallery that's getting too large as well - going to separate them out. I think maybe "still life" as a category has to go bye bye.


Posted by: Mary Bedy on 10/09/2012 - 3:27 PM

I have been rearranging an shuffling galleries, and I have another question - is there any way to see what galleries you have an image in without clicking on "edit image"? I mean, other than going to the gallery you think you have it in. Let me state it another way - I want to be sure I have everything in at least one gallery, but I don't know a quick way to do it...I'm sure I left a few images "out in the cold" somewhere that I need to put in a gallery.


Posted by: Mike Savad on 10/09/2012 - 3:40 PM

i don't think there is a quick way. i think the best way is just to get everything out of still life so you know what's left. because there were very few things that i could classify as still life in that folder.

---Mike Savad


Posted by: Mary Bedy on 10/09/2012 - 3:42 PM

I pretty much did that, Mike, but I'm going back through in a minute and purge some more....I just wondered if there was a quicker way, but oh, well. I'll spend some time now making sure everything is in a gallery.


Posted by: Mike Savad on 10/09/2012 - 3:45 PM

i don't think there are quick ways. but this is the best time to make sure your words and groups are in order. do 5-10 a day, and you should be done in a few years.

---Mike Savad


Posted by: Mary Bedy on 10/09/2012 - 3:59 PM

LOL, thanks, for nothin', Mike...I'm in there now struggling with the miscellaneous stuff, for which I've made a miscellaneous gallery, but I don't want to end up with the same problem - a gallery with so much stuff in it nobody wants to scroll through it. Back to it.


Posted by: Mike Savad on 10/09/2012 - 4:08 PM

you don't want a misc folder. you want to break it up into things that people might want to click on. the directories i pointed out should break it up enough to make it easier for anyone to go through. like all abstracts in the abstract folder - and out of the still life. if the abstract has nature in it, you can put it in there as well. though i wouldn't repeat too much.

---Mike Savad


Posted by: Mary Bedy on 10/09/2012 - 5:04 PM

Well, right now, I'm going through and trying to find anything that's not in a gallery (I purged the Still Life gallery quite a bit), and put it in "miscellaneous" until I can figure out where else they belong. I deleted a lot of stuff that I always felt was "iffy" anyway....this is taking a while, but I think it will be worth it.


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