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Create a Gorgeous Photography Site with SmugMug in 90 mins

Easy to Follow Screencasts with Step-By-Step Instructions for creating your own custom photography website.
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20,141 students enrolled
Created by Ryan Oakley
Published 7/2012
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
Mission Possible: Build your very own custom photography website in as short amount of time as possible
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  • Nadda, Zip, Zilch --- You don't need know ANYTHING about web design or website creation to complete this course. Yipee!

Your photos deserve the best.

But if your photos are stuck on your camera or hidden away in your computer where no one can enjoy them, then that is very sad indeed.


Hey, here's an idea! Let's build you a website through smugmug customization where you can share your photos and videos in all their glory!

Oh - Does creating your own photography website seem a little daunting?

I hear ya - it can be.

But no worries. I'm here to help! I can teach you how to build your very own, gorgeous photography website with this smugmug customization course - in less than 90 minutes!

With your new photography website you'll have:

  • A site that makes your photos look amazing
  • A site that will protect your images with right-click-protection, and password security
  • A site that you can sell your photos - and make a little cash!
  • A site that will allow you to upload and share hi-res photos and HD videos
  • Learn smugmug customization and make your own
  • A site built on a platform trusted by thousands of photographers

In this course I'm going to show you how to create a really great looking, user friendly photography website.

What are you waiting for? Let's get started!

What Others Are Saying About This Smugmug Customization Course

“I would be so lost without these videos! I really like the simplicity of the site. Nice and clean! Thanks!” - Shaylynn Grant, Shaylynn Grant Photography

“This is the most comprehensive set of vids I’ve seen on SmugMug from start to finish.” - Will Randolph, Helios Digital Imaging & Graphic Design

“I just spent the last couple of hours on your tutorial. Thank you so much for spending the time and effort to create this. It is providing just the kind of direction that I needed. I am up to step six and will work the rest of the way through tomorrow night. You rock!” – Sam

“Ryan, What an awesome tutorial! I used your tutorial to learn how to set up my smugmug site. My site is not a wedding site, so it is helpful for any site. Thanks so much for sharing your expertise!” - Jo

“I have had a SM account for 2 years, taken a web design class, and I still could not filter through the potpourri of data to customize my site by myself.  I paid $ for similiar information that does not even work, and you shared it for free and it works. Thank you so much for this invaluable easy to understand information.” – Lifetimecompositions

Who is the target audience?
  • photography lovers
  • photography pros
  • aspiring photography pros
  • videographers too!
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 9 Lectures Collapse All 9 Lectures 01:40:03
2 Lectures 09:43

This video gives you an introduction to the "Create a Gorgeous Photography Website in 90 Minutes" Udemy course. It includes important information about who this course is for, why we're building our site on the SmugMug photo hosting platform, and gives a walk-through of the website I will help you create in this course.


A thank you note to my students and an invitation to learn about how to earn some income from your passion for photography.
Thank You!
Step-by-Step Tutorial
5 Lectures 01:14:43

In this video, we’ll create our SmugMug account (if you haven’t done so already), and create our first gallery – filling it with beautiful images.

SmugMug (20% off, 14 day free trial)

Demo Site -

Create Your First Gallery

In this video, we’ll fill out our site by creating a few more galleries and uploading more photos. I’ll show you how to use the “Quick Settings” feature in SmugMug. Then we’ll use the best photos from each gallery to create our very important (and impressive) Portfolio gallery. And we’ll be using a secret SmugMug ninja trick to create our Portfolio. That’s right – Secret. Ninja. Trick. :)

Upload a Few More Galleries and Create Our Portfolio Gallery

Step 3 is about creating our profile and site settings so things just “work” in the later steps.

Setup our Site Settings, Menu Bar, and Social Media Profiles

In this video we start to modify the look and feel of your SmugMug site by adjusting the settings with SmugMug's "Easy Customizer" tool.

This step is a bit long, so it's been broken out into 2 videos.

Click on the link below to view the demo (finished product) site:


Customize our Website

In this video we finish our work in the "Easy Customizer" tool.

Click on the link below to view the demo (finished product) site:


Create our "Work With Me" Page and Contact Form
BONUS Material
2 Lectures 14:10

In this bonus video I teach you the "Zen of Pricing Your Photos in SmugMug".

1. Use just ONE pricelist

2. Minimize the prints and products you offer

3. Enjoy making money with your photography!

Pricing Your Photos

This is a free download of a favicon image that you can use for your new website.

DOWNLOAD the favicon image now and use it when you go through Step 4a, which is coming up next.

Bonus! :)

BONUS: Free Favicon Image Download
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About the Instructor
4.4 Average rating
265 Reviews
23,331 Students
3 Courses
Photography Nerd, Entrepeneur and Teacher On The Side

Hi there,

My name is Ryan and I'm a professional engineer - but I'm also an entrepreneur and photographer (on the side).

I enjoy teaching here on Udemy and am thrilled when I receive 5 stars and wonderful comments like the ones below from my students. Helping people is something I just love to do.

If you're one of my students - thank you. It's an honour to be your teacher. :)

Please feel free to get in touch with me, I'd love to hear from you.



A sample of comments from my students:

"Extremely helpful and will save me a lot of time" - Mikki Couch

"Very easy to follow" - Paul Robinson

"Well explained and to the point" - Vic Zubakin

"Simply the best teacher" - Dalida Innes

"It's rare to find a guide this helpful and informative." - Sean Ibison

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