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Focus On… Grant McKelvie!


Grant McKelvie is a wedding and fashion photographer based in Ayshire, Scotland. He is the brains behind Dream Day Photography and one of the most influential and respected wedding photographers in the market today. Grant is a qualified member of the Master Photographers Association, The Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers and has been crowned Scottish M.P.A wedding photographer of the year 2015.


Update On Padding!

This is a small update that focuses on a change we have made to our filename padding tool.

Padding is a way of ensuring that all of your files in a collection have the same number of characters and therefore display in the correct order. Here’s an example:

If you numbered a collection’s files as “1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13” etc then those files would display as 1,10,11,12 and 13 first (due to them starting with the number one), followed by 2,3,4 and so on. This means that your files would not display in the expected order. As the largest file names in this example are made up of tens and units we must make every file in the collection have two characters. The best way of doing this is to add a zero; for example “01,02,03,04,05,06,07,08,09,10,11,12,13”. This would make all files starting with a zero show first (e.g. 01-09) and then those starting with a one (10-19). Equally, if your had 562 files in a collection you would have to pad all of your files up to three characters; for example “001, 010, 100” and so on.

Up until now our filename padding tool was able to pad up to three number occurrences. This meant that if you named your file “name_12_05_2015_1.jpg” then the padding tool would not be able to reach the forth number (1.jpg). Therefore, we have updated our system so that our filename padding tool now automatically recognises up to six number occurrences.

To use the filename padding tool:

  • Go to the collection you need to edit
  • Click “Show all and check all” in the collection toolbar
  • Click the “Edit” button in the collection toolbar
  • Select “Filename” and click “Next”
  • Select the padding option required and click “Next”
  • Check all as expected in the filename column and Save. NOTE: These will not be in the correct order yet
  • Review and edit the collection to ensure all are now as expected.

For more information about padding log in > Help and Support > search “padding”.

Throwback Thusday: Mosaic Page Galleries!

Many of you will have heard about the mosaic page, but are you using it to its full potential?

Before we tell you how you can use a mosaic page within your website, let’s go through exactly what it does. A mosaic page always displays a complete collection on one page with no requirement for clicking “next”.  There are two display options – display by fixed width or display by fixed height. Both of these display options work better visually with a mix of both portrait and landscape orientation images. Also, due to popular request you can now show the larger thumbnail in the foreground when the image is clicked from the mosaic page.


Images To Inspire!

This week we wanted to share a few inspiring images from photographers on theimagefile. We feel that it’s important to highlight the work of our very talented image-makers in order to inspire young and new photographers to achieve great creativity.

Take a look at more work by Rosie Nixon, David Cullimore, Sarah Firkins and Ewen Forsyth here!

Send us your favourite images (with a caption) so that we can feature you too! Email your images to 🙂


Why Use Website Specific Images?

Your website is the first impression that customers receive about your business and style of photography. Obviously, your home page and portfolio are the most impactful pages when it comes to customers deciding that you are the right choice for them. However this doesn’t mean that other pages on your site should be put on the backburner. It’s incredibly easy to utilise pages such as an about page or contact area to boost your business simply by taking pictures to display on specific pages of your website to make it look its best.


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