Gone are the days of film, taking a couple of hundred shots, taking them to the chemist to get developed and then posting them out. Now we have the ability to take thousands of images, carefully curate the best ones, adjust them to our liking and then what?
Being we have a digital product we have 3 options –
- Digital Delivery
- Physical Delivery
How you receive each of the above can be done multiple ways also. I can email you the pictures, send them on a usb or i can put them on an online gallery.
I choose to put them on an online gallery. This is where Pixieset comes in. To me there are several advantages to this.
- Beautifully displayed no matter what device you use
- You have control of who sees and downloads your pictures
- Client Exclusive Options
- Ability to download all pictures, or just the ones you like
- Option to order prints direct from the gallery
- Curate your favourite pictures
Let’s look more in depth at each of these areas
Pixieset is designed to work with any device, so whether you use your computer or phone, it will look amazing.
When we go onto your gallery you will be met with a large feature image, your names and date of the wedding.
It’s like we have got the front cover of your wedding album in our hands.
As we scroll down your images will be displayed with large thumbnails, all arranged to fit the best way on the device you’re using.
Between the feature image and the start of the gallery of your pictures you’ll see different tabs. I normally like to arrange a highlights set, and then a colour and B&W sets.
The highlights set is normally a selection of the best images from the day in colour and B&W. The other sets will be all the images in colour and then B&W
You can click on any of the images to enlarge them. You can then navigate using your keyboard arrow keys or by clicking on the arrows on the left or right of the image.
**** One great feature and the best way to take in your photos is to click on the first one and in the top right corner you will see a play button. This will start a slideshow of all the pictures in this set. A recommendation would be to put a Spotify playlist together of your favourite songs to then play in the background whilst you enjoy the slideshow option. *****
Who Sees Your Pictures
As default I will make the picture sets for colour and B&W password protected. This means only you and those you wish to share the password with see all the pictures.
I leave the Highlights selection public so anyone can view these. This means, for example, you could provide the link only on social media for others to view a selection of pictures from the day.
If you wish the highlights can be password protected as well. This can be a separate password to the Colour & B&W sets to still keep those pictures viewable by only those you really want to see them, or the same password for all sets.
*** Please note Passwords are case and space sensitive *****
As default I allow your gallery to be seen on the homepage. This can be hidden so that only those with the link know they are there. This can be used in conjunction with not using a password so you can give a limited amount of access to those who have the link but not just anybody can go on pixieset and find your pictures.
Default for downloads is to have them only accessible to those with the PIN. This will be a 4 digit pin like you would have on your bank card. This then allows you to download your pictures in one go, in different resolutions or the odd ones you like.
This means you can control who has the ability to download your pictures.
Below the feature image and before the gallery on the right are a few options. The far right arrow symbol is to share the gallery. You can either copy the link or share to Facebook , Twitter via email etc.
The option is also available for individual photos when you click on them to enlarge them.
How You Get the Passwords and Pin
You will receive the password and pin in my email to you to say that your pictures are ready.
Client Exclusive Options
Guest V Client Access
To preface this section it’s good to know the difference between guest and client access.
As these are your photos you are the client. A guest would be anyone else that can visit the gallery.
When you first enter the gallery you will be given the option to enter as a guest or a client.
The default is to have no password for the guest. They will only enter their email to be able to enter. Once in they can only view the highlights set.
If a password has been set for both guests and clients you will need to enter the appropriate password to the relevant client or guest access. Again the guest will only have access to the highlights set.
Guests cannot view, download, or purchase private photos or private Sets
Extra Level of Password Protection
This is connected with you having the ability to have different sets password protected. This is what I use as a default and thus allows for the highlights set to be public but the Colour & B&W sets to be protected. This also allows you to password protect the highlights set with one password, and then have the Colour & B&W sets protected with a different password.
Mark as Private
The other useful feature is that you can mark photos as private.
There may be pictures you don’t want guests to see when they view the gallery. When hovering over the photo or when it’s enlarged one of the icon options will be a picture of an eye with a line through it. This is the option to mark the photo as private (or hidden) from any guest viewing the highlights set.
****Please note that this only works with sets that guests can view. In most cases this will only be the Highlights set.***
Due to this feature an option that is available is to have all sets open to guests and then you have the ability to private photos and select which ones they can see.
The main two options for download are to download a whole collection or individual photos.
Below the feature image and before the gallery one of the option icons is a down arrow. This allows you to download the whole gallery.
You will need to enter your email and PIN to gain access to this feature.
You will then be given options on which sets you want to download, the resolution and where.
The highlights set is made up of pictures from the Colour & B&W sets so it’s up to you if you wish to download that set as well. You will have two options for resolution – High (at least 3600px) or Web (1024px).
You can then choose where to download to – Computer, Dropbox or Google Photos. I highly suggest you download to at least 2 different places. One to your PC and the other to the cloud. Unfortunately you can’t download to 2 different places at once so will require you doing this twice. But it will be worth it as the last thing we want is to lose your photos.
It will then pack your photos into a compressed ZIP folder which will then need to be uncompressed once downloaded to view the photos.
For any individual photo you can download either by hovering over the image or enlarging and then selecting the down arrow icon for that photo. It will download it at full resolution (at least 3600px) as a jpeg.
By default you will have to enter your email and PIN to download individual photos also. This can also be changed to have no pin and also reduce the resolution to 1024px. You may prefer to do this so guests and clients can download without permission a lower quality version.
Ordering prints can be done by Guests or the Client for individual photos.
By clicking on the shopping trolley icon on each photo you will be given options on what prints you want.
You can order a variety of sized prints with different print mediums, from a 6×4” on photo paper to a 40×30” on metal. You can also choose a multiple of different types and sizes of the same print.
All prints ordered through Pixieset are fulfilled by the printing lab. Any issues with orders would need to be taken up with the printing lab. Even though i’m not responsible for any issues with regards to prints you’ve ordered you can still contact me and we can see what we can do.
Prints are fulfilled by an excellent specialist lab from the UK. So you can expect high end quality prints.
A great tool is the ability to create lists of favourite images.
You favourite an image by clicking on the heart icon for each individual photo. You can then view your favourites together by clicking on the heart icon below the feature image.
By entering the favourites section you have the ability to create different favourite lists. It might be you want a list of photos to print for your family, and then another list of photos to print for yourself.
By going into a favourite list you then have the option to order them as prints, download or share.
By sharing you can send those favourites as an email, get a link to send to someone via whatsapp, and the option to “send to photographer”.
“Send to photographer” is a way to collaborate with the photographer, for example, for prints you want that his package offers as part of the deal.
It is also a powertool in helping us create your photo album. You can create two lists, one for photos you have to have in the album and another for photos you don’t want in the album. These can then be “sent to photographer” for me to then use as guidelines for creating your photo album.
As you can see there’s a lot of advantages to using this modern way of delivering your photos. I’m sure as time goes on there will be updates that will only enrich your experience for your wedding photos.