5 Best WordPress Gallery Plugins For Photographers

There are hundreds of WordPress gallery plugins available that photographers can choose from. Of course, if I had to pick one WordPress gallery plugin, I know which it would be. In this article, you are going to see 5 of the best WordPress gallery plugins available.

WordPress Gallery Plugins for Photographers

Remember that as you go through this list, you also have a choice to use WordPress themes for photographers, as many of them have gallery management built-in.

NextGEN Gallery

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NextGEN Gallery is definitely the most popular of all WordPress gallery plugins, receiving thousands of downloads on a daily basis.  What sets NextGEN Gallery on top of the rest is its built-in gallery management system similar to a WordPress gallery theme.


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FooBox might be new, but it’s already doing amazing things for photographers.  The plugin works with NextGEN Gallery and on its own with the default gallery system from WordPress.  It is responsive, customizable to match your brand’s color and includes social media sharing.



SlideDeck was not designed to fit the WordPress gallery plugins category, but it definitely belongs there.  SlideDeck has a variety of styles (called lenses), with the ability to create multiple decks.  The plugin is also responsive and includes social media sharing.  Rumor has it NextGEN Gallery support is coming in the future.



RoyalSlider has a similar slider feel to SlideDeck, however it’s purpose is specific to photographs, not other content.  Royal Slider also happens to be the most popular of all WordPress gallery plugins on CodeCanyon.



Shutter uses a WordPress feature called custom post types which is a method becoming more popular in WordPress plugins.  Shutter also uses a simple lightbox method to show photographs larger.  There is also an add-on available to implement proofing into your Shutter galleries.

In Conclusion

Now that you are aware of the best gallery plugins for WordPress, I’d like to bring your attention to other essential WordPress plugins for photographers.

Thanks for reading and happy shooting,



  1. Julia Agnes February 5, 2013 at 10:00 am #

    WOW! awesome collection! thanks )

  2. Gouri March 15, 2013 at 6:43 am #

    NextGen is my favorite. Thanks for the compilation.

  3. Jason Lemington May 18, 2013 at 8:48 am #

    Great compilation!!! I have tried most of them and i’d like to share this one i’m using lately http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/iframe-embed-for-momentme/. Good for embedding photo galleries, free and no donation…

    • Scott May 18, 2013 at 9:56 am #

      The downside to that plugin is you’re limited to using moment.me photos only.

  4. Tom October 26, 2015 at 1:49 pm #

    A common request for photographers is the ability to password protect certain albums for client access only. Which WordPress plugins offer this facility?

    • Scott October 26, 2015 at 2:01 pm #

      NextGEN Gallery uses the built-in WordPress page protection feature. Some of the others use their own methods.

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