The best black WordPress photography themes in 2013
Black photography WordPress themes are in hot demand now it’s 2013. I’ve lost count of the number of enquiries I’m getting for WordPress web design based on a black theme that showcases photos – and often videos – in an eye-catching or unusual way.
Photography WordPress themes aren’t just for photographers! The people looking for them include hairdressers, artists, bands, joiners – basically, anyone who wants a website to showcase their images.
So here is a shortlist of some of the best black photography WordPress themes I’ve found that will be big in 2013.
Subspace – Black Responsive Photography WordPress Theme
Subspace is all about your photos. The homepage has a HUGE image at the top, with thumbnails of your other images underneath – either sliding from one to the next, or you can click an image to view it in full. The main image even appears behind the navigation menu, which is an unusual touch and very effective (just make sure all the photos on the homepage have enough contrast with the colour of the menu items). The theme places the title and description of each image over the top, in a stylish yet subtle way.
As well as the homepage, this photography WordPress theme has a choice of portfolio layouts including with or without text, as a grid layout, or with full-width featured images above each post.
Although I’ve included this in an article about black WordPress themes, only the homepage background is black. The other pages are a more traditional layout with a white background and no image behind the navigation menu.
Subspace is a fully responsive WordPress theme and automatically adjusts its layout depending on the screen size you’re viewing it on. Great for mobile and tablet devices.
Photography WordPress themes with a choice of black or white skins
PicTree – White or Black Photography WordPress Theme
PicTree is a photography WordPress theme that presents your photos so they slide across the homepage, which is really unusual.
It has a choice of white or black skins, although it’s a shame that the demo only provides examples of the white version and you have to view the screenshots to see it as a black WordPress theme.
PicTree has a choice of gallery or portfolio page templates, so you can set up your portfolio in the same style as the homepage or with a more traditional grid layout. It also comes pre-integrated with Flickr and has an in-built Flickr photo page template. This allows you to add your Flickr photos directly to your website as an image gallery or portfolio, which is a nice touch.
Melrose – White or Black Photography WordPress Theme
Melrose is a WordPress theme with a slightly more traditional design than some of the others features in this post, with classic serif fonts. Like many WordPress themes, the homepage has a slider and a modular layout so you can create boxes of content.
The reason I have featured it here is that as well as being able to be used as a white or black WordPress theme, it has a choice of options to present your photos. There’s a good choice of homepage layouts, each presenting your photos in an eye-catching way. The blog also puts your photos centre stage, with full-width featured images above each post.
The portfolio built into this photography WordPress theme includes styling for photos or videos, and has impressive Ajax category filters.
Melrose also presents your text content well. It has a better selection of page templates than most photography WordPress themes, including pricing tables, team pages, testimonials and FAQ.
As well as having black and white skins, the Melrose theme options allow you to change the accent colour used throughout the site to match your brand identity, logo etc.
Mosaic WordPress themes
If you have lots of photos to show off on your website, a mosaic WordPress theme can be a great way to showcase them all.
Play – Black Moasic Responsive Photography WordPress Theme
The Play WordPress theme is absolutely stunning! This mosaic design is a fully responsive WordPress theme, so it looks great on all screen sizes including mobiles and tablets. The homepage is dedicated solely to showcasing your photos, so they really do have centre stage. The thumbnails are nice and big, and I love the way each photo darkens and the title and description appear (in a nice animation) when you hover over it.
But the impressiveness of this theme doesn’t end there. The individual gallery/portfolio pages are beautifully designed too, with a stylish diagonal line separating the text on the left from the huge photo on the right. And users can hide the text to make the photo even bigger.
The blog uses a similar layout, with a diagonal line separating the posts from a big photo. This is a nice touch for a photography WordPress theme, as it puts images at the forefront even on the blog.
The Play theme also has an eye-catching video gallery, so it doesn’t just make your photos look great.
Viewfinder – Black Moasic Photography WordPress Theme
Viewfinder is a mosaic WordPress theme which is really unusual and very effective. The photos load slowly and one at a time – this is really clever as rather than making you frustrated at the wait, it adds interest and creates anticipation. You can have the mosaic of photos as a slider so they go off the side of the pages and can be scrolled; or as a simple grid so you can see everything at once.
With a choice of dark and light skins, it can be used as a black WordPress theme or with a more traditional white background.
So, which is the best black photography WordPress theme for 2013?
In conclusion – well, it depends on what you’re looking for. This is a shortlist of black WordPress themes that will present your photos in an eye-catching way. Which one you choose will depend on things like what other features you’re looking for (do you want a video gallery, responsive WordPress theme, etc.) as well as the format of your images. If most of your images are landscapes then don’t choose a photography WordPress theme that only includes styling for portraits. If your images are quite small, consider a mosaic WordPress theme rather than one with huge featured images.
If I had to choose a favourite then I’d probably go for Play, because as well as being mobile-responsive, it has so many impressive design elements throughout the theme. But the choice is yours – leave a comment below and let me know how you get on! Or get in touch if you’d like us to set up your WordPress website for you.