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Dynamic Collections

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.

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Aaron WrightAaron Wright shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
ZenMasterAdminZenMaster (Admin, Zenfolio) responded  · 

This feature has been reviewed and given the current roadmap this will unfortunately be not able to happen in 2016. We will reassess at a later time.


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  • Folrev | Kirkland PhotographerFolrev | Kirkland Photographer commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Zen, this can be easily managed with the unofficial plugin. I know it has been planned since Jan 2012, so now forget it and focus on things that matters: a full mobile website that helps the business.

  • PTPT commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I've been waiting a LONG time for the feature. I *still* see that it's in the "Planned" stage, but has there been a definitive implementation date set for this [yet]?
    It would be nice to see a projected time in those yellow "PLANNED" buttons... ;)

  • Pixelmat PhotographiePixelmat Photographie commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hi, Any news on that ?
    I am actually testing Zenfolio, everything looks great exept the image storage management and gallery settings. This is the only thing missing to convince me !

    I'am actually trying to overpass the problem by automaticaly publish dynamic collection from Lightroom (even if it is exactly the same), but didn't succeed yet.

    Hope it will come soon !

  • Ken DetweilerKen Detweiler commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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 DetweilerKen Detweiler commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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?

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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 PressaccoPeter Pressacco commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    From a visitor's perspective, it would be great if this behaved like a 'normal' collection (e.g. Browsing photographs, downloading images, etc.)

  • Mark BienvenuMark Bienvenu commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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 PhotographyPaul Grottoli Photography commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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 | PhotographyT.J. Powell | Photography commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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 CathcartGeorge Cathcart commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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 PhotographyPaul Grottoli Photography commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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.


  • jelliejellie commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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....

  • DnK PhotographyDnK Photography commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    ... 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 PowellRobin Lee Powell commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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.

  • DnK PhotographyDnK Photography commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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!

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