How to Make a Web Portfolio

A Full SmugMug Review!

I recently wrote an article entitled “How to Make an Online Photo Album” about SmugMug. Follow that link to learn more!

I feel a little late to the SmugMug party! Here is the story… I kept hearing more and more about SmugMug. And I was like… What! Why is everyone always talking about SmugMug! What a strange name. Hey… I’m on Flickr… the last thing I need is another place to host my photos… this is what I was thinking.

And then the very kind Candice Cunningham invited me to speak at the inaugural SmugMug meeting here in Austin. It was an amazing group of people and many people in there already had SmugMug portfolios and businesses! As I learned more and more, I became even more impressed. I even got to visit their HQ near San Francisco and I came away really excited about the present and future of SmugMug.

I have linked the “Visit My Portfolio” up there on the top right of the site to link to It is really beautiful and I have decided to make it official.

I am very happy with my SmugMug Portfolio. You guys know I always want the best!

Even more Customization!

I wrote a second article on you can further Customize SmugMug. It already comes with a bunch of themes, but if you want something truly unique, you can just pay a bit extra to get something that is completely different. I reviewed four different third-party companies, all of which can give you a custom SmugMug “skin”.

Daily Photo – The Glorious Church at Stanford

During our amazingly fun Stanford photowalk, our entire unit crashed into into the church like the Allies setting up barracks inside a French cathedral.

Right before we went in, as I climbed the stairs, one of the more nervous-types that was on the photowalk said, “Uhhh, I don’t know if they will let us in because they are about to close.” I said something to the effect of, “Who cares, we’re going in anyway until they come tell us to leave!” And with that, we blew in through the front doors and spread out far and wide. I set up my camera and gave a little talk about my settings for the shot. I mentioned that in dark situations, you don’t want your multiple exposures to all be 30 seconds. You need to widen your aperture and increase the ISO so that your all your exposures get finished, with the final one at 30 seconds. In this situation, I shot 5 exposures at 1 step increments with my 5 respective shutter speeds at 2 seconds, 4 s, 8s, 15s, and 30s.

Oh, btw, now that I am one with sweet sweet SmugMug, click on the photo below to see it big and bold and proper. At the top, you can select whatever size you wish.

  • Wow amazing pics!

  • Very nice presentation !

    Does smugmug work well on mobile devices ?

    Also, thank you Trey for the backstory on the “Glorious Church at Standford” photograph.

  • Well I went to zenfolio

  • This is my most favorite indoor photo you have shown so far, Trey, stunning!!!! A very beautiful church well captured on film!!!! BTW, my Andes print came in the mail yesterday, can wait to get my two prints(one from the book order) in frames and on my wall out here by my computer!!!!! Thanks so much for crashing into the church, lol. Cute story!

  • Not sure about other mobile devices,but Smugmug does have iPhone apps that let you view your gallery, including Smugwallet that syncs your entire site offline on your iPhone. This app has a great slideshow component that uses Ken Burns effects.

  • very nice trey,
    will you elaborate a bit more on your multiple timing exposures reasoning?
    are you saying 30s is tops?,wouldn’t the – + compensate for the exposure regardless of the ISO or aperture?


  • Thanks!

    Deyson — I am not sure about SmugMug on mobile. I have seen a few apps, but have not tried them… Ketih down there says there are some – I need to try them.

    Richard – Well, this is a good question. Actually, there are a FEW ways to take this shot. One way is the way I suggest, by tweaking the ISO and Ap until you get all the exposures in. The second is to adjust the exposure. But I find in dark situations, sometimes exposure compensation does not give me all the light levels I want. Does that make sense?

  • tey,,ALMOST,,:)
    by “all the exposures in” do you mean one – + each side of the “correct” exposure?

    thanks again,,

  • Richard, sorry yes I am not saying it clearly. When I say “All Exposures In” I mean to get all exposures to fire with the final one being 30 seconds. I don’t want 2/5 of the exposures being 30 seconds, because they come out looking exactly the same, even though the camera is “trying” to autobracket.

  • casusan

    Oh wow! What a beautiful church – now that I’ve been able to see it from the front and inside I keep thinking what a great place to get married!!

  • trey,,
    GOT IT!!thanks for your patience,,i have an account with smug mug,,very cool,,,

    thanks again!!

  • amazing details Trey, excellent work and striking image

  • For an iphone/mobile friendly smugmug, try:

    (Just add /iphone/ onto the url)

    (also a smugmugger!)

  • JB

    The name of the company deterred me before, but maybe I’ll consider it now.

  • We had fun at Stanford, thanks for taking walking in the rain, and it was great fun. Your image from the Church is terrific. My hats off to your processing skills.

  • Stunning image. I just notice some lens distortion because the benches are curved. Personally I use DxO Optics Pro got correct all kind of lens flaws.

  • Todays daily photo of the glorious church at stanford is pretty outstanding. Of all your photos, I think that this one, while not being the most elaborate or the most exotic location, really shows that HDR photography can produce an exceptional image.

    This image just looks right, even though I know it must be the result of many images and lots of processing, it is how I want to see the inside of the building. Anything else would have shown too little detail and I would not have any real feeling of how good the interior of this church is.

    Surely, there is no other way to photograph interiors unless you want to have shadowy images showing only the specific parts of the interior well.

  • Hey Trey,

    U be getting ready for Ur big trip coming up. Just wanted to drop a note and again say thanks for all the time U spent with us all in Palo Alto Calif. @ Stanford on that drizzly day!!

    Reconsider coming by for another photo walk, plenty more than just Stanford up in these parts of Northern Ca. of course. I can coord easy if ya like, just say the word with some lead time & it is a done deal !!:=)}

    Great shot of the interior of the church here. Like your point you are making with Richard above, same one within your book…noise can be taken out of the photo when the ISO is punched up, but getting appropriate exposures for the HDR processing is very key!

    Done with Ur book, want a 2nd addition already! LOL (but not really:)

    Peace Man.

  • Hey, Thanks for the review! Even if I do not switch from Flickr you have made many good points to think about and consider.
    Question: If you lived outside of the US, would you still go with SmugMug?

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