I don't know what I was thinking. Another site rebuild 6 months after the last one. One consideration was the difficulty of posting galleries on the previous design. There were a total of 9 steps involved to get the images from LightRoom to the web site for viewing. With my new redesign, I got that down to 2 steps... Being able to combine several steps into the push of a single button speeds things up and will allow others shooting for Santa Barbara Pix to easily load images from home or on the road.
Got a lot done in the first 24 hours. A bit of a learning curve using Joomla, but it is so much more powerful and user friendly that WordPress, once I get my side of it completed. Got several pages completed (contact, terms, privacy) as well as the header and footer setup, the main menu and the footer menu. Still some little tweaks in the design, but I need to add some content before I can see how it is looking.
Been two busy days. Today I should have all of the event categories and images from the 2021-2022 school year posted. Will need to layout/design the page to view the images. Have also been thinking about a watermark. I'm split 50/50 over using one or not. I have seen a lot of images "lifted" from our site as well as those posted to MaxPreps. For now, I think I will go with no watermark on the thumbnail images, but put one on the larger preview.
This morning I got the categories (schools) created and all the images loaded from 2021 & 2022. Also got a home page slide show functioning which is pulling random images from events stored on the server. I currently have it set to show in groups of 50, so if you refresh, you will get a different set the second time. Now working on the code to layout the home page with useful information. I still have 5 items on my 'to-do' list before it is complete. Seems like every time I complete one item on the list, I find 2 more to add to it.
We are up and running. It only took 5 days to decide on the look and program the back-end. Still some cosmetic changes to make, but everything looks good and is loading fast. If you come across any problems, please let us know. Also, if you would like to see something added, let us know that also.
The 2022-2023 school year sports have come to an end. We are now searching for photographers with sports shooting experience for the upcoming 2023-2024 season. If you have a favorite sport, know the rules and can anticipate what might happen before it does, you are the person we are looking for. Prosumer or Pro DSLR is required with a lens appropriate for the sport you are covering.
Most events for the 2023-2024 School Sports Season will have free downloads. You only need to register to download. All image sizes are available from small web-use images to full size digital files at 300dpi. You can use the images for anything you want. Give them to family. Print photos. Edit and crop them. Use them in the yearbook. No watermarks. No need to give photo credit (but feel free to give us credit if you want). There are no limitations on what you can use them for. Continue reading to learn how to download your images.