Exporting From Lightroom To NextGEN Gallery
NextGen Gallery is one of the most successful WordPress plugins for photo management, with more than five million downloads from the WordPress Plugin Directory.
Adobe Lightroom is one of the premier workflow software programmes for the serious photographer, why not combining those two?
When I chose for Lightroom I immediately discovered the added value of available plugings through the Adobe Exchange. Here, not only presets, but all sorts of export and workflow add-ons can be downloaded. As I host my own portfolio website on the WordPress platform, and use NextGen Gallery to manage my portfolio there, I soon searched for a way to decrease the number of actions needed for uploading new content. With Lightroom I had to export my pictures to a map on my computer and then use the built-in uploader in NextGen or use FTP to send my pictures to my site.
Lightroom to NextGEN Gallery
I soon found the NextGen Plugin from Alloyphoto. Developed by Vladimir Vinogradsky, it provided a direct export function from Lightroom to NextGen Gallery. Initially free, the plugin is limited to ten pictures per album and ten pictures per export.
However, You can easily obtain a license key via a small Paypal settlement of fifteen dollars. After trying out the plugin for a while, I quickly paid for the license.
The plugin is simply put the best way to manage your online portfolio when you use NextGen on your site. There is no need for additional picture storage on your computer or extra workflow actions, simply manage your smart folders in Lightroom and synchronise them to NextGen in no time. After buying the license I quickly reloaded my entire portfolio via the plugin, not only bringing a better quality to the pictures, but also enabling me to instantly see which pictures were uploaded and which not. Now it is just a matter of checking for new content in the smart folder after adding new pictures and click "export" and you are done, provided you use the built-in post and shortcode editor of the plugin. Otherwise you need to create your gallery pages or posts yourself on your site.
One word about support. I ran into some trouble uploading my new portfolio, receiving XMLRPC errors, and I asked for help from Vladimir. I received a reply the same day and a resolution was quickly found. This is what you seek in such a plugin, as it now manages your entire online portfolio. Simply put: when you are using Lightroom and NextGen, this is the missing link!