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Can guests upload photos to my site?

Updated: 09/23/2014

Got a wedding? A party? A family reunion?

With a SmugMug account, you can easily let other party-goers upload their photos to one gallery on your site, just by using a special link. Perfect for pooling together your most candid moments from your big event!

Tip: This is great for lots of people uploading lots of photos. For individual images and easy captioning, try email uploads.

How It Works

  1. Open up your Gallery Settings and scroll down to the Security & Privacy section:

  2. Type a password into the "Upload Key" field. Your guests will be able to see what you enter here, so just make sure it's viewer-friendly.

  3. Save your changes on the page. Your Upload Key will be baked into a special link:

  4. Share that link! Anyone who visits it will see our browser-based uploader where they can drag and drop files into your gallery—and only that gallery.

Anything Else to Know?

  • Your guests can still upload files to galleries locked with passwords, but they'll need to enter the viewing password before they can browse photos.

  • Anyone with your upload link can upload files to that gallery. Be aware when you share! Or give them a deadline and change/remove the Upload Key by that date.

  • Have your guests edit their files' captions using a photo editor like Lightroom, Picasa, iPhoto, or Windows Photo Gallery. This way their words will automatically show up in the photo's caption field after upload.