I just launched the new photo albums over at the SW Robotics site. If I do say so myself, they look snazzier than the gallery style I came up with last year for my other project. I might adapt the modifications to work with the older site, since they work so well.
Creating the albums took a lot of elbow grease and patience, but it was mostly tedious copying and pasting filenames, adding captions, and adding more rows. Add organizing an extensible directory structure on the server, and everything took about a week, once I got all the photos. The quickest part was actually getting thumbnails and reasonable Web-sized large graphics that wouldn’t break the data transfer bank or make users wait for ages, since Google Picasa can export to HTML page. Copy the thumbnails and images directories to the website’s folder, and you can structure the actual gallery however you like. The only thing to worry about is specifying proper image size; if they’re not correctly sized, images are stretched and squished to fit the dimensions you specify, often looking funny or just plain bad.
Anyway, new styles for the gallery popups, revamped gallery table styles, and a slick file naming job thanks to the team captain all helped make the albums what they are now, and more pictures should be added at various points during the year.