Show-casting your photography on designated sites such as Flickr, Deviantart, and others, is always a good idea. But, that also means your art is displayed among the art of thousand other people. It could be hard for someone to find you and identify you as THE photographer.

This is just one of the reasons why having a personal website for your photography is also a good idea. To be sure, you should have both: accounts on designated general web-galleries and a personal website just for your gallery.

Creating a professional portfolio with html, flash, java, is time consuming, expensive, and it won’t give you any advantage over the existing WordPress portfolios.

You can compare having your own WordPress gallery to an online portfolio. Except, you online-gallery will contain MORE photos.

For this reason, when choosing your WordPress Theme, you need to take into account the same rules I explained for portfolio creation here: http://www.photoaxe.com/10-rules-for-creating-a-proffesional-photography-portfolio/

Before we proceed, I want to mention that the best-looking and more reliable themes do require you to pay a small amount of money. If you truly care about how your gallery looks like and if you care about the visitor’s experience while browsing your photos, then don’t go for a free or cheap theme.

What I am going to present you next, are some absolute MUST SEE resources when choosing your WordPress gallery theme.

1. The “Mother” of all WordPress Photography designated themes is this this website:

http://www.wordpress-photography-themes.com/

2. Here you can find another selection of great WordPress Photography Themes:

http://mashable.com/2013/05/07/wordpress-themes-photography/

3. And lastly, you should also check this out:

http://www.wpthemesspot.com/the-11-best-wordpress-photography-themes-you-can-find/

WordPress Themes are easy to install and manage. You can customize them to obtain a more personal look. Then, updating with new photos is just as easy as uploading them into a general specialized website such as Flickr and Deviantart.

WordPress platform will allow users to comment and vote on your photos, which is another great advantage.

Below are five of my favorite Themes. Test them out by clicking on each!!!

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Check out how this image was transformed:
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Now, if you like it, below are the instructions, step by step, as written by Ariil Davidov.

1. Open the photo in Adobe Photoshop
2. Duplicate the original layer and name it “Eyes” (well, it’s purely for convenience :)
3. Change the blend mode (blend mode) the new layer to Screen

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4. Add a mask to a new layer (layer mask) and fill it with black.
5. Now select white (can also be any grayscale, if you want to achieve transparency) and begin to paint until his eyes until they brighten. Use different sizes of brushes to achieve the desired effect. You can also change the opacity of the brush or layer to make the eyes light, or vice versa darker.

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6. Press CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + E to merge both layers into a new one.

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7. Add Channel Mixer, to translate the image in Black&White. For each individual picture settings can be different, so no need to copy the values ??from my version :)
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8. Select channel mixer and set the blending mode to multiply.
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9. Now select our merged layer and apply Image -> Adjustments -> Shadow / Highlight in order to align the shadows and highlights.
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10. Again press CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + E to merge the layers.
11. Next, chose ‘Clone Stamp’ toolbar and blacked extra glare on the face of the guy. For your photo and it may not be necessary, so this step is only optional.photo-child-before-after-step7

12. Select the Dodge Tool, set the Range – Highlights and Exposure – 50%. Start iris draw in his eyes to make eyes more expressive. The main thing is not to overdo it because it can get a full plate)

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13. Combine all layers again(CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + E)
14. On a new layer apply Filter -> Other -> Hig Pass. I put a value of about 80%, but for images with different resolution, the values ??may be different. So again we choose to face.

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15. Change the Blend Mode of the new layer to Soft Light. The picture is sharper, with deep shadows.
16. Finally, combine the layers (CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + E) and a little Sharpe image. Can do it any way you like what: Sharpen, Unsharp Mask, Smart Mask, etc. I personally like to make a duplicate layer, set the mode to Soft Light and High Pass filter to apply to the minimum values.
17. If you wish you can also play with Hue/Saturation or Color Balance to adjust the colors. I have slightly desaturated the image (CTRL+U).

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And that’s how you obtain a masterpiece! Isn’t it eye-catching?
Thank you Ariil for sharing this.