Pairing your Flickr account, with Pullfolio offers the perfect solution for photographers who are just getting started. Pullfolio is a free website which takes photos already uploaded to Flickr, and transforms them into a professional slideshow photography portfolio with minimal effort on your part.
No coding knowledge is necessary so you won’t have to mess around with web design, hosting or custom themes. Simply link your Flickr account to Pullfolio and follow the easy steps outlined below.
The great thing about Pullfolio is that it literally “pulls” the photos from Flickr, so you don’t have to take the time uploading them to yet another site. Not only does Pullfolio you time, it also gives you the peace of mind of leaving your photos on the Flickr servers.
After you have signed up for your free account, the first step is authorising your Flickr account, following the easy steps outlined for you on the site.
Once you’ve done that, you’re ready to start creating as many portfolios as you want.
Pictures can be pulled from your Flickr account based on two factors – either based on their tags, or based on your photo sets. If you haven’t already tagged, or placed your photos in sets on Flickr, you’ll have to put in the extra effort of getting a bit organised.
If you’d prefer to create a portfolio based on your tags, fill in your photography portfolio name, an optional artist statement and for image search type, select tag(s). Below that, fill in the tags that you want to be included in your portfolio. If you have selected more than one tag for any given portfolio, you can choose to select only photos that are tagged with all of the words, or any of them.
Click on the Preview button to see the photo thumbnails, and then click on Create.
If you would rather create a portfolio based on your sets, fill in your portfolio name, an optional artist statement and for image search type, pick photoset. You will then be prompted to select from a list of your Flickr sets.
Click on the Preview button to see the photo thumbnails, click on Create, and your portfolio is ready to be viewed. Pullfolio will gather all the photographs as per your selection, and at the click of a button, you have a professional looking portfolio to share with prospective clients or even just with friends.
If you create more than one set of photographs, you can choose one as your main Photography portfolio, so when anyone visits the link, it will default to that specific set of photos.
Navigating between different portfolios can be achieved by clicking on the portfolio link at the top of the page, and a drop-down menu will appear with all the available sets of photos.
Pullfolio automatically updates as you add new photos to your Flickr account.
Once you have your portfolios created, you can choose from a variety of themes, with either a white or black background. Pro users can create their own themes, as well as use their own domain name, and benefit from third party analytics and SEO features.
Pullfolio also gives you a Profile page, which features your Flickr avatar, and additional information you would like to include, such as a bio and your phone number.
If you would rather not place your contact information on your portfolio, you’ll be happy to know that it includes a contact form which anyone can fill out. Any messages sent through the contact form will be sent to the email address you used to sign up.
If you want to be listed in the Pullfolio directory, be sure to choose a category when accessing your settings, by clicking on your username at the top of the page.
It is also worth mentioning that any photos that you have uploaded to Flickr privately will appear on Pullfolio if they are tagged with any of the keywords you choose to use for your portfolios.
iPhone/iPad users can also benefit from the free Pullfolio app, although in comparison to the site it certainly leaves a lot to be desired. After logging in, you are redirected to a list of your portfolios, but free accounts can only access your main portfolio. You can then browse the thumbnails of the set of photographs, or even watch a slideshow of the photos. Syncing your portfolio allows you to view the photos in offline mode.
Do you have a quick and easy way to put together a free professional looking Photography portfolio? Let us know in the comments.