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Backlight is a malleable website creation and photo publishing platform for photographers, leveraging Lightroom’s Publish Services to make easy work of managing image galleries online.

With Backlight, have your website and image galleries up-and-running in a matter of minutes. Then use Backlight’s built-in designer to customize the content, look and feel of your site.

Backlight (core only)

The Backlight core application allows you to publish and manage albums and album sets from within Lightroom, and customize the look and feel of your online galleries and gallery sets.

This is the ideal choice for those only wanting gallery functionality, such as when deploying Backlight to supplement an existing website.

Includes:

  • the core Backlight web-application.
  • the Backlight Publish Services plugin for Lightroom.

Add-ons

Add-ons expand Backlight with additional functionality.

Pages

The Pages add-on allows you to create pages and contact forms for your Backlight-driven website. Create as many pages/forms as you need, such as Home, About, Pricing, Contact, etc.

The Pages add-on is also available as part of our discounted Backlight + Pages bundle, above.

Client Response

The Client Response add-on adds image select and feedback capability to Backlight's standard albums, to facilitate communication between the photographer and client following a photo shoot. Clients can choose their favorite images, apply star ratings, select options or provide comments; this feedback is then delivered to the photographer's email for processing the job.

Demonstration

Cart

The Cart Add-on adds shopping cart functionality to your Backlight pages and image galleries. The cart can be used to sell digital image downloads, photo prints, photo packages, or other physical goods or services. The cart accepts online payment via PayPal, or can be used to create invoiced orders, allowing the photographer to collect payment offline or by alternate means. Salable items may be setup with any number of additional purchase options. Orders are sent to your email, and may be saved to your server as a backup.

Demonstration

Theater

An early-access release.

The Theater Add-on provides numerous alternative presentation types for image galleries and multimedia, includes full-screen slideshow and video presentation. This release is presently in "early-access", with a limited selection of presentation types; new presentation types and features will be added in updates.

Demonstrations

Wordpress

The Wordpress Add-on allows you to convert Backlight's page designs into Wordpress themes, providing coherence between your Backlight-managed image galleries and your blog.

Backlight + Pages

The Backlight + Pages bundle comes preconfigured with the Pages add-on module. Publish and manage albums and album sets from within Lightroom, customize the look and feel of your online galleries and gallery sets, create pages and contact forms.

This is the best choice for users wanting to create their entire website using Backlight.

Includes:

  • the core Backlight web-application.
  • the Backlight Publish Services plugin for Lightroom.
  • the Pages add-on module.

Add-ons

Add-ons expand Backlight with additional functionality.

Pages

The Pages add-on allows you to create pages and contact forms for your Backlight-driven website. Create as many pages/forms as you need, such as Home, About, Pricing, Contact, etc.

  • Included

Client Response

The Client Response add-on adds image select and feedback capability to Backlight's standard albums, to facilitate communication between the photographer and client following a photo shoot. Clients can choose their favorite images, apply star ratings, select options or provide comments; this feedback is then delivered to the photographer's email for processing the job.

Demonstration

Cart

The Cart Add-on adds shopping cart functionality to your Backlight pages and image galleries. The cart can be used to sell digital image downloads, photo prints, photo packages, or other physical goods or services. The cart accepts online payment via PayPal, or can be used to create invoiced orders, allowing the photographer to collect payment offline or by alternate means. Salable items may be setup with any number of additional purchase options. Orders are sent to your email, and may be saved to your server as a backup.

Demonstration

Theater

An early-access release.

The Theater Add-on provides numerous alternative presentation types for image galleries and multimedia, includes full-screen slideshow and video presentation. This release is presently in "early-access", with a limited selection of presentation types; new presentation types and features will be added in updates.

Demonstrations

Wordpress

The Wordpress Add-on allows you to convert Backlight's page designs into Wordpress themes, providing coherence between your Backlight-managed image galleries and your blog.


Requirements

System
Mac or Windows PC, running Lightroom 3/4/5/6/CC2015.
An FTP client
Hosting
Linux OS
Apache server
PHP 5.2.6 or newer
SQLite and PDO modules enabled
Supported Browsers
On desktop, Backlight runs in current versions of Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera and Safari, and in Internet Explorer 10 and 11. On mobile, current versions of Android Browser, Chrome for Android, and iOS Safari are supported.

Backlight is not standalone software. The Backlight web-application should be deployed to a local or remote web server adhering to the above requirements; for online use, a domain name and standard web hosting are required. Hosted website services such as those provided by LiveBooks, Squarespace, etc. are not “standard” web hosting and will not run Backlight. For quality, affordable, TTG certified hosting, we fervently recommend Bluehost. Image galleries are deployed to Backlight via the included Publisher plugin for Lightroom; at this time, Lightroom is required to use Backlight’s gallery features.

Support

The Turning Gate offers friendly, comprehensive product support. We are dedicated to seeing every customer successfully launch their website. For support details, visit our website’s support page.

All sales are final, no refunds.
Only available as a digital download.

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