What are the requirements for using the lightbox?
Although you can add images to a lightbox without being logged into PhotoShelter, having a free account allows you to save and share the lightbox. You can create a free PhotoShelter account here.
How do I add an image to a lightbox?
If you are viewing images after having performed a search from the PhotoShelter homepage, you will find there are star icons below each thumbnail. Click the star for any given image to add that image your lightbox. If you are viewing images on a particular photographer's PhotoShelter site, you will find a "Lightbox" button most likely above the enlarged version of the image that will allow you to add that image to your lightbox. With either of these methods, if you are logged in, you will be prompted to select one of your own lightboxes, a shared lightbox, or a new lightbox in which to place the image. If you are not logged in, the image will be added to a temporary lightbox, which can only be saved once logged in.
When you add an image to your lightbox, it is put into a "default" lightbox. You can create up to ten different lightboxes by either clicking the "Create New Lightbox" link, or clicking "My PhotoShelter -> My Lightboxes".
How do I view the contents of my lightbox?
A lightbox has the following properties:
The lightbox can hold an unlimited number of images, but will only display either 25 or 50 images per page. You can set the number of images displayed per page using the "# per page" button at the top right of the lightbox. You can have an unlimited number of lightboxes.
You may click on the Details, Comments, or Sharing buttons above the thumbnails to reveal various information about the lightbox. Clicking on the name of the lightbox will allow you to edit it; the same is true for the description fields in the Details area.
Can I share the lightbox with another person?
Yes, while viewing a lightbox you can click the "Share" button to invite other users. Here you will be presented with two options:
Mouse over the stars and click to set a rating for an image.
Rating an Individual Image
In the thumbnail view, mouse over the stars under each image and click on the appropriate rating to set the rating. You cannot "un-rate" an image once you've set a rating, but you can always change the rating.
You can also set a rating to an individual image while you are viewing it singularly. Simply mouse-over the appropriate rating and click to set.
Rating in batch
When viewing multiple images in the lightbox, select those you wish to rate by clicking anywhere in the gray area under the thumbnails. Orange borders will appear around the selected images. You can then click the "RATE" button above the thumbnails to set the appropriate ratings.
Viewing Ratings Matrix
Because each user can set their own rating, we've created a matrixed view to see how everyone else that you've shared the lightbox with rated the image. Click the "Ratings Matrix" button from the thumbnail view. Ten images are displayed per page along with a column per shared user.
The matrix view allows you to see how everyone rated images within your lightbox.
Leave a Comment
You can leave a comment on an individual image, or for the entire lightbox. When viewing the thumbnails contained in a lightbox, click the "Comments" button that appears above the thumbnails. This will reveal a comments "tray." Click the "add a comment" link to leave a comment about the entire lightbox.
Leaving a Comment on a specific image
While viewing an image singularly, click the comment bubble icon above the image or the “add a comment” link below the image to add a comment. The comments appear in a threaded fashion under the image, with the newest comments appearing first. There is no way to edit or delete a comment once it's been made.
You may only download images from within a lightbox if the photographer whose images you are viewing has granted you such permission. If download access has been granted, you will be able to download one image at a time, but not in batch. This is due to the fact that you may have more than one photographer’s images in your lightbox, and it is possible the same permissions were not granted by each photographer.
How do I purchase items in my lightbox?
Click the "Add to Cart"/”Buy” button from the individual image view to add the image to your cart for purchase/licensing. Not all images that appear on the main PhotoShelter site or on a specific photographer’s PhotoShelter site have been pre-priced for sale. If you find you would like to buy an image that has not been priced, you would want to contact the photographer directly by using the “Contact” link you will see to the right of the image in the lightbox for more information.