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The Elevator Pitch

Backlight is a unique website creation and photo publishing platform, allowing photographers to create, manage and personalize their online photo galleries.

Get up and running in minutes with new photo galleries, or with an entire website. Use the built-in designer to personalize the look and functionality of your galleries or website.

There are no subscription fees; buy Backlight once, then use it forever.



Photo galleries are at the very heart of Backlight, its raison d'être. We've taken an images-first ethos to developing Backlight, putting gallery creation and management above all else. It's easy to create new albums, to add images to existing albums, or to remove images when they've grown stale. Such ease of use ensures your portfolio should never lie fallow.


Backlight's designer grants you incredible control over the branding and presentation of your portfolio. Personalize every aspect of your albums, visually and functionally. Choose the classic grid, masonry or justified thumbnail layout; choose your colors, stylize your header, choose to display image metadata, and so much more.


Upload and manage images directly within Backlight's admin, or use Lightroom's Publish Services such that publishing images is a cohesive part of your existing Lightroom workflow.


Your portfolio can be so much more than just a look-book. With add-ons, make your website an integral part of how you run your photography business. Add-ons bring optional features, including client select and feedback on galleries, shopping cart functionality, and additional presentation choices.



There are no themes; Backlight's built-in designer lets you customize just about everything, including site and gallery colors, layout, behavior and features. Add your logo, write copy, and upload images. Express yourself, and make your website your website.


Designed for desktop, tablet and mobile devices in equal measure. Your content reflows, and your images go everywhere.

Lightroom-to-Website Publishing

Your photography lives in Lightroom; with Backlight, create and manage your albums from within your catalog, using Lightroom's Publish Services. Create new albums, organize them into sets, easily add or remove images, modify captions and metadata, change gallery descriptions, and more.

Search Engine Optimized

Backlight adheres to white hat SEO practices to maximize search engine performance, and we update as necessary to keep up with evolving SEO standards.

No Coding Necessary

You're a photographer; be a photographer.
Build a complete website without ever having to write a line of code. Format text using simple Markdown syntax, and utilize the many built-in features to create a robust site to showcase your photography in the best light ...

Coding Supported

... or utilize Backlight's advanced customization and extensibility features, including an integrated grid framework, Font Awesome icon support, PHPlugins extensibility API, and more. Backlight has plenty of built-in features for designers at all levels.

Web-standards, Future-forward

Baked from the finest ingredients, Backlight's recipe calls for standards-compliant HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript to work on all devices, in all modern browsers, now and forever. No Flash, and no becoming obsolete.

Friendly Support

The Turning Gate enjoys an active support community. Make friends, ask questions, and get answers from fellow users and Backlight's authors in our community forum. We're committed to seeing every customer through to launching their website.