Not too long ago, we wrote a post unearthing some of the great features you’ve already got in your SmugMug account. And since we’re always having new photo-lovers come join our family, we thought we’d share a few more things that you may not have noticed are already living amongst your photos.
Here’s to those sneaky features that may be hiding in plain sight. Enjoy!
1) Custom Video Preview Images
All SmugMug accounts can accept video files of 20 minutes in length and 3 GB in size, which is a great addition to the still photos you capture in your life. But did you know that you can change the preview image that displays on it, so your fans can see something more interesting than a random frame before they hit Play?
First, decide on a JPG image you want to use… or better yet, create one in your favorite image editor and upload it to your SmugMug galleries. Then just navigate to your video in the gallery, click the wrench, and choose Edit > Replace Preview.
2) “Sticky” Cover Photos for Your Folders & Galleries
In the same vein, you can choose a cover photo that appears every time your gallery is shown on your site. We call this your Feature image, and it will “stick” every time your site is reloaded, instead of displaying the first photos in the gallery.
Just open your Gallery Settings and look under the Basic tab. Click the icon next to Feature Image and choose any image you want to represent that gallery.
Tip: You can even do this for passworded galleries, which typically don’t show any thumbnails for privacy reasons. However, you may want to do this for, say, your client galleries, just to be sure they know which gallery is theirs on your site.
3) Stats. Really Great Stats.
We track all kinds of good stuff, like which of your galleries and images have been visited the most, as well as show you where your traffic is coming from. Just check out the Stats tab in your Account Settings and take it from there! You can read more about your SmugMug stats on our help pages.
4) Search (and Filter by EXIF)
Any time you (or your guests) search for things on your site via the Search content block or from SmugMug.com/search, you’ll see lots of beautiful photos that you can scroll through to your heart’s content. But did you know that you can hit the “Refine Results” button at the top and open up dozens of additional checkboxes? This will help you narrow down your choices and find pictures taken using just the criteria you specify.
Watch out! It’s strangely addictive, so you may end up spending a lot more time discovering photos than you expect.
5) PicMonkey: Free Photo Tweaks
If our in-gallery Photo Tools aren’t quite enough for you, check out our friends at PicMonkey. You can find them right under every photo, under the Wrench icon. Open it up and you’ll see all the great tweaks and mods you can add to your photos!
Tip: We even have a quick video tutorial all about PicMonkey.
6) Discounts Just for Being Smug
That’s right. You’re in great company when you’re with us. You can browse and view the discount details simply by logging in and visiting our ClubSmug page. Shop, have fun, and tell them we sent you!
- 6 Original Smug Features You Never Knew You Had
- Videos on SmugMug
- Featured photos on SmugMug
- Gallery settings and all the good they do
- Gallery and folder privacy on SmugMug
- Account Settings and what they do
- How stats work
- Tweaking Photos: Titles, Captions, Photo Effects, and more
- Photo tools: making copies in-gallery, just in case
- Exclusive discounts for SmugMuggers
We updated some maps features yesterday, and Google has added two more levels of zoom to a lot of their maps (in addition to lots of details in Europe that were missing before). One of the places that got a great level of detail is Las Vegas, which makes this gallery a lot of fun to browse on maps. The pictures were taken by Wally Argus
(My favorite is the satellite imagery of the Luxor, which is the second image in the gallery. Click the second photo on the right when you are on the map page to zoom right to it)
Today we have yet another awesome map. (I just can’t get enough of these travel maps… so awesome). This one is from smugmug user Sebastian Hosche as he travels from Leipzig to Bamberg.
And as usual, a sample!
The awesome part about this particular travelog is that he geotagged his images so that you can check them out with our fairly new Maps feature:
Click here for the map!
And of course, to whet your appetite:
First, the good news: the note attached to your photos called EXIF, which contains stuff like the time your photo was shot, can also contain location info. Cool.
The bad news: unless you have a high-end Nikon attached to a GPS, your camera is clueless about location.
You could buy a Ricoh with GPS card like I did, but it sucks. The GPS card goes where the memory card normally goes, so you’re left with 8 MB of built-in memory. Not many photos… And it isn’t a good camera but costs a lot.
However! You can buy Robogeo to sychronize the time stamps between your GPS log and photos. If the GPS says you were on the Golden Gate Bridge at 8:13 PM and you took a photo around that time….you get the idea.
Some camera phones have GPS and you can get a GPS card for a Treo 650, which has a decent camera. But I haven’t figured out whether they embed the location info into the EXIF. Anyone know?
Sometimes the location reported by your GPS is not what you want in your photo. If you stand on the Brooklyn Bridge and shoot the Empire State Building, you might prefer to have the location be the Empire State Building.
For those exceptions, you can look up latitude and longitude using Google Maps: find the spot on the map and double-click it. The map centers. Now click the Link to this page link. An URL will appear in your browser address bar. The first two numbers you see in it, reading from left to right, is the latitude and longitude. Copy and paste them to Robogeo and you’re set.
Easier by far is to use Smugmug’s Edit Geography tool. You find the location and it fills in latitude and longitude for you. But it does not yet burn it into the EXIF of your photo.
What’s your experience?