The Best Photo Website for Scouts & Photographers

As a Location Scout you need to be able to post aaaaaaaalllllll those photographed (or archived) locations in a very quick amount of time onto a website of some sort at the end of your day. Typically this is a private website that is only shared with your client, producers, department, etc…

There are many photo-sharing sites out there that simply don’t fit the needs (or the professional look) required by scouts. Except for SmugMug, whose recent revamp in the last year or so has really hit the mark for scouts and photographers alike. It offers many different customizable templates, which make it easier than ever to get your website to stand out above the rest.

And to top it off, Adobe Lightroom has the ability to publish photos to SmugMug without you even leaving the software. No FTP software required; saving you time, RAM, and coffee. But I always check and make sure it all looks right in a browser, before sending off the link to the powers that be.

Here is the landing page on my website:

And if you’re interested, here is a referral link for SmugMug.


A Lightroom at the end of the tunnel

Wow, what-a-LAME-title!

In the business of Location Scouting one deals with hundreds of images a day. I average around 500 pictures per day, of physically scouted locations (not file pulls). That number might not seem like a lot, but when you’re dealing with strict deadlines in the post-Information Age of “we want pics yesterday, Snapchat-style”, suddenly juggling all those pics, from capture to upload, within a 12-hour period becomes intense.

Enter Adobe’s Lightroom (or its full name, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom). Here is a program that has a VERY steep learning curve, but in the end will save a Scout LOADS of time. This software, which has a nearly identical interface between Mac & PC, is all about making it easy to organize, rename, retouch, and export hundreds of images at a time. And for those inclined, it even includes a Map feature to add or adjust GPS coordinates saved in a photo’s metadata (the secret sauce code behind that beautiful picture you took).

If you have never tried Lightroom, or even if you are a steady user I highly recommend checking out the FREE tutorials on Adobe Lightroom’s YouTube Channel here.

Adobe offers Lightroom as a a single app subscription or as part of a bundle with Photoshop.