A Guide to Proofing Images
The proofing system I use for clients and image buyers allows you to add your favorite images to what photographers called a light table or lightbox for proofing film. Once you add an image to a lightbox you can use a star rating system and make comments about the individual images. This provides a way for us to pick the best images from a photo shoot and discuss what needs to be done in order for the images to be processed and delivered.
Lightboxes are private until you decide to share them with me, friends, family or other team members who are collaborating on a creative project. But it up to you to share access to any lightboxes you create.
You can create multiple lightboxes for different projects, style of photos or individuals you are collaborating with. You are limited to the amount of images you can put in any one lightbox. Just remember, lightboxes are best for picking and narrowing down favorite images.
Proof Images Online
You can proof, rate edit and share images from the comfort of your own home.
Fast Track Image Selection
Choosing images and editing requests are shared between you and I, directly.
Collabarate With Others
Share your picks with your fellow collabarators and get there opions.
Guide To Using & Sharing Lightboxes
Unfortunately, the way the lightbox system works on this system is not particularly intuitive. Which is why I created this “How To” on using lightboxes on Photoshelter.
- Step #1: You need to “Create A Free Account” using the email address you provided to me. That email address is associated with the proofing galleries that are waiting for you.
- Step #2: As you see images you like or love, add them to a new lightbox. As you add more images you will have the option to add to that lightbox or create additional lightboxes. Remember simplicity is the goal.
- Step #3: Rate with the star system which you like through love. You can continue to adjust the ratings as well as add or remove images from the lightbox. In addition you can add comments or things you would like to have changed to each photo.
- Step #4: Share the lightbox with me (your photographer) or other people you are collaborating with. When you add me as the creator of the images (Photoshelter, should rename this option “share with photographer”), I can see what you are adding to the lightbox, ratings and communicate on images using the comment system.
When you receive an email invitation from either me or one of my clients sharing a lightbox or gallery of images, the emailed link with bring you to a login page. If you have an account, log-in. Otherwise click on the link to create a new account. This is part of the process, in order to keep private images private until they are ready to be shared.
In order to view a lightbox, you must create an account through Photoshelter to view, rate or comment on private images in the proofing galleries.
Multiple Lightboxes Supported
You can create multiple lightboxes if needed. There are limitations to the amount of images you can put in each lightbox.
Add Images You Love
You can add images you love to a lightbox where you can add comments and rate the images. Use these features to sift through images from a photoshoot and find your absolute favorites.
Create a new Lightbox
Create a new lightbox. The lightbox is private, until you are ready to share with me or other collaborators.
Add to Exisiting Lightboxes
You can add images to existing lightboxes or multiple lightboxes for different projects and people
rate and make suggestions
view other opinions and comments
Share With Me, Your Photographer
You will need to set this text field to display my name in order for me to see your picks, ratings and comments.
Share With Friends
Share with friends and other trusted collaborators. They will need to create an account to view protected images in the shared lightbox as well.
A Lightbox Overview
Other Lightbox and Image Sharing Tips:
- You need to invite me as the photographer and other friends separately. It is a weird bug in the system.
- You can add images from multiple galleries to one lightbox.
- You can create multiple lightboxes for different purposes.
- When you initially create a lightbox, simple opt to share it with me then, it is easier than going back to find the setting later.
- Keep adding and adjusting ratings. Sometimes, it helps to walk away and come back to the images later in order to see them with fresh eyes.
- Images for proofing are only quickly corrected. Sometimes I add one or two which have been styled for an example of what could be done or just to create a good looking thumbnail for the gallery.
- Avoid Using Internet Explorer; Google Chrome or Apple Safari display websites better. And make sure your web browser is up to date.