Instructions to view fotos or slideshows in Smug Mug

By Akos Szoboszlay, 10/26/2017


Trips albums:

I decided to send the link to all our trips so you can click on the albums you want to see. The new trips are Spain 2017 and Eclipse. You can also see earlier trips that were uploaded. I plan to upload all our digital foto albums this year, and eventually, to scan my slides and upload those. The link is the same:



Family albums folder:

My trip albums are public and anyone can view/find them, so I set up a password for family albums. Family/relatives should ask Ákos for the password (or see prior instructions).


Instructions for viewing slideshows:

Bigger displays are better! All fotos are downloaded in the resolution that matches your display, so you see more detail with bigger displays.

From the link (above), click the album you want to view. 


Click Play — the solid right arrow icon — which is somewhere in the upper-right of the window. This should start the slideshow in full screen mode — using the entire display. (If it does not, make the browser window as big as possible.)


To advance slides manually (my preferred method of viewing):

First, pause the slideshow by first moving the mouse/cursor to make some icons appear, then click the Pause || icon.

To go to the next slide, press the right arrow on the keyboard or click it on the screen.

To go back, use left arrow.


My captions appear at the bottom-left of many fotos.


To go to the list of albums, click the Home icon (of a house) somewhere near upper left.


If you prefer the auto-slideshow, I set that for no transitions (such as fade), and 3-second viewing.  If you prefer other settings for these two parameters, let me know, and I can make that an option.


Maps: To see a map of where a foto was taken:

          First, get out of full screen view by pressing the ESC key.

          Then, click the “Info” icon, the letter “i”, just below-right of the foto.

          Then, click the word “MAP” (slightly faded).

          Then, you can zoom, scroll/drag, enlarge the map window, etc.

          Afterwards, you can click Play (the right arrow icon) to continue the slideshow where you left off.


To download or print fotos:

Click the icon to download in original resolution — can save and print yourself — or can buy a print from SmugMug. (Consumer Reports said buying photos is cheaper, and higher quality, than printing them yourself.)






Below are technical details for those interested.


Website for Smug Mug: 

SmugMug is the only foto website that both retains your captions and uses highest (original) resolution.  It costs about $48 per year for unlimited fotos. I tested many others, including these:

The new Google Photos throws out all your captions when you upload.

The Apple iCloud Photo-stream is not usable for what I do because I don’t want my fotos uploaded until after deleting duplicates and sometimes editing fotos.


Pixels and resolution: For viewing, fotos are downloaded in the size that matches your display.  I uploaded in full resolution, at least 4000 x 3000 pixels, or 12 megapixels, if foto was not cropped. For downloading fotos for keeps, SmugMug downloads in the original resolution, or optionally downloads lower resolutions if you want smaller file sizes. File sizes are typically 6 to 7 MB, in JPEG format, using high quality. For HD format, size is 2 to 3 MB.


Each foto in SmugMug contains camera set-up information. View by clicking the Info icon.


Each foto, and also each album, has a URL that can be displayed (and shared or copied) by first clicking the Share icon.


Cameras: I now use my iPhone 7S+ for most fotos, which has two lenses which are equivalent to 28 and 56 mm lenses (of a 35 mm film camera). For using a telefoto lens, I use my Nikon camera, Nikon COOLPIX S9900, which is top-rated by Consumers Reports and has 30x (thirty times) zoom telefoto lens, and is also wide (25 mm equivalent).


Camera foto aspect ratio: If the aspect ratio is not 4/3 (such as 4000 x 3000 pixels), which is the native aspect ratio for most cameras, then pixels are blacked out by black strips. For the HD aspect ratio, pixels along a top and bottom strip are blacked out. For a square foto, a left and right pixels are blacked out. Such reductions decrease the total pixels and the file size. However, the resolution stays the same as the native resolution. For portraits/family fotos, it is best to keep the native aspect ratio on the camera, and to achieve HD or other aspect ratio by cropping the foto on the computer, where you can optionally select the aspect ratio. The advantage is that, in case the camera slightly slips down when on the tripod, people’s foreheads don’t get cut off.


Regarding family (secure) albums:  SmugMug also has unlisted-links feature, but it is more secure to use a password than to have an unlisted link, because someone — especially kids — can inadvertently use the link in social media, which would make the album public info.


If you need technical help, contact Ákos.