I would like to see the ability to set up dynamic galleries. For example, you could set up a gallery that contains all of your public photos with the keyword "sunset." Or all photos with a focal length of 200mm. Or all photos with a focal length >200mm AND the keyword "sunset." The ability to specify which galleries to pull photos from would be nice as well.
A very strong need for smart-folders on Zen that populate based on your meta. This makes Aperture a supreme program, can't tell you how many hundreds (maybe thousands) of hours I've saved with client orders using these folders. No more missing photos. As long as they have their meta, they turn up in your smart-folders as you upload into master folder. Maybe Aperture will go remote in the future, that will solve this problem. Zen's been slow with this well established concept for mass content management. Galleries and Collections are fine but you still have to physically place everything where you want it. Like walking around your house blindfolded.
I would love collections that self populated and updated themselves with all the photos that had a specific keyword.
For example, having an auto-collection that would contain all the photos with the keyword "wedding" from within a specific group. Then, if I upload photos to that group in the future with the keyword "wedding" the collection would automatically add those new photos.
What is the point of having keywords if you can't search/sort through your photos based on keywords?? I keyword my photos so I know which ones I want to be visible to the public and which I don't. I'm sure other people have various other reasons why a smart collections/galleries folder would be useful. This is the only thing keeping me from switching from Smugmug!
This site seriously needs Smart-Folders - It would make my life so much easier!!!
I would like to have the ability to create a gallery of about 24 images. For each image in this gallery or collection I would have 2-3 possible images that could go in that slot. Each visitor would get a different view of my featured images.
Example, Keyword family member with desktop app. Upload files to one Album called "Family". Then filter by Keyword (there name) and create a Collection based on there individual names. Obviously this is just one example, it could be a location or product etc. Zenfolio does not support the full ITPC list but it does recognize a number of them.
Ken Detweiler commented
With the Lightroom Plugin you can make Smart Collections that automatically populate from photos having specific keyword(s). That's not what we're asking for. What we want is to be able to upload photos once, to a common location or something like date stamped folders/galleries. Then set up dynamic galleries that appear to the user to contain a reference to all photos with specific keywords (or other attributes) without having to duplicate the actual photo (photo is stored in one place but can appear in multiple dynamic galleries). This should be relatively easy to implement since Zenfolio already supports keyword searching.
Ken Detweiler commented
This would be awesome. What other services are offering it? I have just gotten to the point where my local photo collection uses keywords rather than trying to stuff each picture in the "right" folder - an impossible task when there are typically multiple things of interest in the same image. For cloud storage, why should I go back to the dark ages and try to figure out which "gallery" each picture belongs in?
I asked if this was possible on the chat yesterday, they said no, but was told that it was a great idea.
When is this planned finished?
I have not decided if I should go for Zenfolio, yet. This is an important issue for me.
Peter Pressacco commented
From a visitor's perspective, it would be great if this behaved like a 'normal' collection (e.g. Browsing photographs, downloading images, etc.)
Mark Bienvenu commented
2 years to go from suggested to planned, then 2.5 years in the "planned" stage. Still trying to figure out a way to link an Mpix product to this? That seems to be what most of the updates revolve around.
Paul Grottoli Photography commented
This appears to be a planned implementation. When can we expect to start some movement. If you are planning this for 2020, that won't work for many. Other sites have been offering this for years. Give me something to hope for here folks.
T.J. Powell | Photography commented
I want this feature so that I can tag the boys on soccer teams and then automatically create a gallery of photos for the parents and family members. I think this will be able to make i easy for parents to order photos of their kids. Please implement as soon as possible.
George Cathcart commented
I have made a similar suggestion that search results go into dynamic or temporary galleries, so visitors can navigate through just the search results, or even be able to run a slide show of the search results, rather than be whisked off to the home gallery of a photo. Let's do this, Zenfolio!
Paul Grottoli Photography commented
I used it on other sites to automatically add players from teams to their own galleries for purchase. If you do teams (hockey, lacrosse, basketball), you build the gallery once and... voila. Please let's have this one.
I brought this same issue up with the Zen team prior to getting a membership a couple of years ago. Very useful feature, not difficult to implement. It would be nice to know a timeframe....
... well, because when I emailed zenfolio customer support about it they said that, "it was a great idea and I should post it on the forum"... a little while later I found the other postings. The other posters were using "dynamic" instead of "auto" ... but yes, this idea has been requested for several years!
Robin Lee Powell commented
So this doesn't in any way *solve the problem*, but as a workaround, here's some Ruby code I wrote to make collections out of a bunch of galleries. You can do the same thing using a search result (there's a commented out example in there).
Any competent programmer should be able to get something good going with that as a starting point, and the Zenfolio API documentation.
Note that while it happens to be in Ruby, it uses no special libraries; this is just direct HTTP POST calls. As such, it should be easy to port to anything. The drawback is that it's hacky and brittle.
von Goesseln commented
we are waiting for this feature for a really long time. Can you finally say when it will be released? 1 week, 1 month, 1 year. Just say, when!!!
Jeff Mitchell commented
You may want to see http://zenfolio.uservoice.com/forums/75695-feature-suggestions/suggestions/1409969-search-bar-in-edit-view which is supposedly planned and is related.
Andreas Weber commented
Why start a new request with one vote instead of adding the vote to the 553 others the existing request for that feature already has?
This is such a great idea, and it was suggested 3 years ago!! I hope this happens soon. It's easy to add keywords in LR so having a dynamic gallery that automatically updated itself with new photos of a certain keyword would be amazing!
I would like smart collections that automatically populated themselves with all the photos of a specific keyword
Definately good idea.
Should be able to read from the jpeg tags.
Could be implemented with a "highlights feature" that lets you look at photos rated x or above, where x is user configurable and available both as a default setting and configerable per gallery.
Controlled by a button in the browser.
An automatic friendly url .../highlights to a highlights slideshow would also be awesome.
whiteshark photography | kj.jjr.wikman commented
Add my name to the list of people requesting this. I do team photography and would love to create dynamic galleries based on my Lightroom ratings. That way fans could easily find the top 10 photos from each game rather than sifting through the 200 or so in the complete gallery. Could also then dynamically create a landing-page slideshow that changes as images are added with certain metadata.
Brandon Vogts commented
The biggest consideration I can see with something like this would be permissions for viewing, ordering, etc. As customers, we would not want the use of a keyword like "sunset" to pull images from a private booking, protected by a password, into a "fine art" gallery from which anyone can purchase.
I would recommend for any dynamic collections, to include either an alert that images with more restrictive permissions have been included in the dynamic collection, or an option to decide how the software will handle the permissions conflict.