So let's get
Search Field In
the upper right hand corner of every page on my new site is
a "quick search" field. Simply type in any word or two that
you think will get you to your pictures. For example, if you
type in "penguins", the powerful search engine
instantaneously searches through the TITLE, CAPTION,
KEYWORDS, and ORIENTATION (horizontal or vertical) to match
your search term and deliver to you a page of thumbnails of
every penguin image on my site. If you then realize that the
space on your wall needs a vertical image. Simply do another
quick search for "vertical penguins" and you will get only
the vertical penguin pictures on my site. It is truly
awesome! Like I mentioned already... this quick search will
appear in the top right corner of every page on my site. It
will definitely meet 99% of your search needs.
may be some rare occasions where the quick search doesn't
give you the results you want. Here is an example. The quick
search narrows the search with each new keyword added. For
instance, if you type in "frogs" you get all the frogs on
the site. If you type in "red frogs" you only get the frogs
that also have "red" as a keyword. And if you type "in red
eye frogs", you only get those frogs with red eyes. Each
additional word you add narrows your results. And that is
how you really want it to be most of the time. But what if
you wanted to broaden your search? Let's say you were
interested in seeing all the birds and all the frogs. The
quick search wouldn't be your best choice. That's when you
would use the "Advanced Search." The "Advanced Search" page
can be reached very easily. First, immediately beneath your
"quick search" field at the upper right, you will see a link
that says "Advanced Search." You can click that link to
access the Advanced Search page. You can also get to it by
clicking the "Search" button in the menu along the top of
the page...or the "Search" button at the bottom of the page.
Once you are on the
"Advanced Search" page, you will see that now you have even
more options for your search. Simply check the fields that
you think would give you the best results. Probably the most
important feature of the Advanced search is the field where
you select either an "AND" search or an "OR" search. The
quick search does and "AND" search. That means an image has
to match all the words in the search to be returned on a
thumbnail page. But in the search example just described,
where you might want to see all of the birds along with all
of the frogs, you would make this an "OR" search. An "OR"
search means that any pictures that match either
keyword will be returned as thumbnails. It isn't very often
that you might need the "Advanced Search," but nice to know
it is there when you do.
Albums My photographs
are all organized
into galleries, sub-galleries and finally albums. You can
view the images in album fashion by clicking the
"Galleries" button at the top or bottom of any page. You will be taken to my main
gallery where you can select any sub-gallery
or album to look through. Some folks prefer this type of
search because they can see what types of images and
products are available before they start looking.
searching method you choose, you will be rewarded
with pages of beautiful thumbnail images. If your search
returns more results than one page can hold, it will build
several pages for you and leave a trail of "breadcrumbs" at
the bottom of each page. Breadcrumbs are the little numbers
at the bottom that list the number of pages and let you know
which page you are currently looking at. The breadcrumbs are
at the bottom-right of the thumbnail page. The bottom left
of the page tells you how many pictures met your search
criteria. Along the top of the thumbnail page you'll notice
something like this:
Home > Animals /
Wildlife > ANTARCTICA > Blue Icebergs
This is an album list. Each word or words between
the > and > is a clickable link that
will actually take you back to that parent gallery.
There are two things you can do
with your thumbnail images. You can add them to your
"Favorite".. or you can click on them to bring up
the larger view. Both options are described below.
you used one of the search features or you looked through
the galleries yourself, eventually you wind up with a page
of thumbnails. There is a
small checkbox beneath each thumbnail
that allows you to add that image to your "Favorites."
By adding images to your "Favorites," you are actually building your own custom gallery on the
fly. When you want to see what is in your own personal
gallery, simply click the "My
Favorites" button. All of the thumbnails you selected
are now in your Favorites. You remove them with a
similar check box from your "Favorites" page.
Large Image View So one way or another,
you've finally arrived at your final page of thumbnails. All
that's left is to click on them to open up the larger view.
This larger view is more than simply a bigger look at the
picture. There is a lot going on in this page. Below is an
example of a typical Large Image Display.
Home > Animals /
Wildlife > NORTH AMERICAN MAMMALS > Deer
White-tailed Deer, Florida
Deer in Central Florida
North American Mammals /
white tailed deer white-tailed deer
||Jan 20, 2010
||404 x 296 pixels
embedded watermark is for
copyright notification only and
will NOT appear in your print.
You are looking at # Deer
White-tailed Deer in central
file ref: deer.jpg.
White-tailed Deer in Central
Florida. Regardless of size,
I print and hand-sign each print
personally, one at a time, using
only the very best archival inks
and papers. Most images are avaiable both matted and
unmatted (signed print alone).
Some are available as note
cards. Limited Editions are also
noted on the list above. Follow
the links below for more
information about sizes,
Return to Previous Page
Return to Browse Mode
We'll start from the
top. The first line shows the gallery path to that image.
Those are all "clickable" links to take you to that
particular gallery. The next line down gives you some
options. The arrows on the right will let you scroll through
all the images on your thumbnail page. The "File 2/4" tells
you that you are looking at image 2 out of 4 images on your
page. The three buttons on the top left of the big image are
for you. The first will take you back to your thumbnail
page. The "Image Info" button opens a panel of file
information that most people aren't interested in, so this
panel is closed by default. But all those album names and
keywords and URL's are all "clickable" links as well. The
final field in that info panel is "Favorites." If your image
isn't already in your "Favorites" Light Box, you can click
there to add it. If it is already in your Lightbox, you can
remove it there. Next is the larger image itself. You
can see that there is a transparent watermark on the image.
This is for copyright notification purposes only and will
NOT appear on any print you order. Below the image is
the title and description.
Slide Show This is a really cool
feature. The third button to the top left of the large image
is a slide show. Click this button and you'll be treated to
a slideshow of all the images on your thumbnail page. They
dissolve in and out every 5 seconds. You can stop the slide
show any time with a button that will appear beneath it.
Shopping Cart Next you will see a
drop-down menu and two buttons. This is part of the built-in
PayPal shopping cart system. PayPal is an industry leader in
online commerce so you know their shopping cart is secure.
If you purchase any items, you can use any major credit card
or your own PayPal account to pay. You don't need to buy in
order to see what sizes and prices are available. Simply
click on the drop-down menu and take a look. There is a
"View Cart" button on every large image page, as well as at
the bottom of every page for your convenience.
That about wraps it
up. The remaining links are pretty self-explanatory. As are
the buttons at the bottom of the page. I hope this saves you
a little time and helps you take advantage of all the new