High Resolution WordPress Photography Theme

High Resolution is a free WordPress theme for photographers. It uses a stunning full-size background slide show that makes your homepage an effective showcase for your best work.

Theme features include:

  • Customizable jQuery full-screen slideshow
  • Portfolio page template
  • Upload photos and create your own custom galleries
  • Upload your own logo, or just display the site title in text
  • Widget-ready sidebar

High Resolution WordPress Photography Theme

The High Resolution theme is great for showcasing your photos regardless of whether you specialize in landscapes, weddings, portraits, or any other type of photography. You’ll have full control over the photos that are shown in the slideshow, and you can even customize the transition effects. Of course, you’ll also be able to take advantage of WordPress’s blogging capabilities to communicate with visitors and to display your work.

You can create as many photo galleries as you want, and since the theme uses WordPress’s custom navigation menu feature you have full control over the links that are shown in the header menu.

Documentation for the theme is available here.

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  • statib, December 3, 2013

    your template is really nice
    I have a question, how can I edit it to have the images slide random, so that for each access and display an image in a different order?

  • bbek, August 20, 2013

    Great themes , Thank you for sharing

  • Notakishi, May 17, 2013

    Thanks for a quick response, Im gonna look for it right now.

  • Notakishi, May 17, 2013

    First of all, thanks for a great theme, I tryed about 20 or 25 themes before I found this, and they all suck at some point =) Only one question – is it possible to do some kind of adoptation for a tablets/phones? I use bg image 1920×1080 – works great for almost all of desktop/laptop computers, but its kinda bulky for mobile devices. Thanks a lot!

    Cheers, Notakishi!

    • Steven Snell, May 17, 2013

      Hi Notakishi,
      It is possible, but it would involve some customization to the theme. One thing you might want to consider is using a WordPress plugin or a mobile theme that will show a different mobile-optimized theme to visitors on a phone or a tablet.

  • Christian, May 9, 2013


    The gallery page displays 10 images before cutting to the next page. Is it possible to decrease the limit to something less? I’m trying to do just 6 images per page.


    • Steven Snell, May 9, 2013

      Hi Christian,
      Yes, change the number of posts to display in the WordPress settings.

  • adeola, March 29, 2013

    Dear, Steven, After going through the documentation of the this slide, this is how my site now look, please help me check it, especially the home page, Also under slide effect, according to the documentation, there is a random fixture, but its not there in the slide option after installing the template.


    Please help me check. Thanks

    • Steven Snell, April 1, 2013

      Hi Adeola,
      Looks like you changed themes.

  • elaina, March 26, 2013

    i cant seem to have my screen show up without this white menu or block on my screen…can you tell me what to do to change this to where its just a photo on my screen my screen

  • Steven Snell, March 26, 2013

    Hi Keecia,
    When I visit your site it seems to be working fine. If you’re still having problems you can send your WordPress username and password to info@vandelaydesign.com and I will login and take a look at the slides from the WP admin.

  • Keecia Buster, March 21, 2013

    The navigations buttons on the home page are not working all that well, and the slide show will settle on a photo, and then flash the photo after it, but very quickly go back to the other photo. Any fixes?

  • Steven Snell, March 7, 2013

    Hi Sergio,
    Martin’s issue was solved by entering a time for the slide show delay time in the theme settings. He set it to 7000ms.

  • Sergio, March 6, 2013

    Hi Martin and Steven,

    Like Martin, I have been the same problem with slides. The pictures don’t appear and I only can see a progress gif.

    Can you give me the solution?


  • Martin, February 5, 2013


    Thanks for response see your emails



  • Martin, February 4, 2013

    I have installed the High Res template, follwed the instructions for adding a slide (picture) to slides to run on the Home page, set up the home page, blog etc as per documentation, BUT

    when i preview slide or home page, or anything, the picture doesnt appear and all i get is the spinning wheel and it just hangs there. I have deleted and re-installed the template and the preview (before activating) is still doing the same. Note it seems to be ok with Twenty twelve and when i visit site or preview twenty twelve or twenty eleven the picture appears on the home page no problem. Help please!

    • Steven Snell, February 4, 2013

      Hi Martin,
      What is the URL of the site? The URL left with this comment does not have a site, so I can’t see anything. If you’d like me to take a look at it you can send the URL, WordPress username and password to info@vandelaydesign.com.

  • Rizvi, January 23, 2013

    I want to ask that can i use the current theme as a starting theme to build further my theme based on this template for marketplace like themeforest or mojo ?

    • Steven Snell, January 23, 2013

      Hi Rizvi,
      The theme is GPL licensed, so you can use it as a basis to create your own theme as long as it is also GPL licensed. I’m not sure about this from personal experience (I have never sold at ThemeForest) but I have read that Envato does not allow authors to use a true GPL license.

  • Martijn, September 5, 2012

    It works just great! Thank you for your quick support!
    Did you mention that the permalink issue is not descibed in the manual?


    For now: thanx again for your support, and theme!

  • Martijn, September 5, 2012

    I am finding trouble building the menu: i get a 404 error while loading the gallery (eg. under portfolio -> architecture)… what am i doing wrong?

    • Steven Snell, September 5, 2012

      Hi Martijn,
      Have you set the permalinks? We recommend setting permalinks to “post name” (that is covered in the General WordPress Settings part of the documentation). I’m not 100% sure I understand where you are having the issue. It sounds to me like you have created the menu, and when you are on the site and you click on one of the drop down items you are getting the 404 error. If that is not the case, let me know. You can email me at info@vandelaydesign.com if the permalinks setting does not fix the issue.

  • Jon, August 20, 2012

    When I use image from my digital camera (4000×3000) for the background, the top and bottom of the images seem to be chopped off, and the background is just the middle portion of the image. Is there an optimal length/width ratio to ensure the full image is displayed?

    • Steven Snell, August 20, 2012

      It depends on the resolution that the visitor is using to view the site. There are so many different resolutions being used that it is impossible to say one is the way to go. According to StatCounter data, the most popular resolution is 1366×768, but it only accounts for 20% of users.

  • Steven Snell, August 19, 2012

    We are working on this issue now. It should be fixed within a few days.

  • khurram, August 11, 2012

    background slider not work in ie8 and ie7…………plz help

    • Steven Snell, August 23, 2012

      IE7 and IE8 issue with the slider has been fixed.

  • Rabin, August 4, 2012

    Really awesome design…Will use it for next portfolio blog..Thanks for the theme..

  • Adam, August 2, 2012

    Hi, this is a really great theme, but for some reason the custom.css doesn’t work. Any changes I make in their don’t get shown on the site (if I make them in the styles.css it does work, though). Any thoughts?

  • Saïd, July 25, 2012

    Awesome template where graphics are key. However, I’ve re-read the documentation, but am stumped on the bottom half of pg 39. I can’t seem to get “galleries” to show up on my menu customization screen. I know I’ve added plenty of galleries, but can’t figure this part out. What am I missing?

    Here is my Menu screen: http://tinypic.com/r/2craveo/6
    Here is my Gallery screen: http://i47.tinypic.com/2wcra01.png

    Thanks in advance,


    • Steven Snell, July 26, 2012

      Go to the menu screen. Look near the top right of the screen and you should see “screen options”. Click on “screen options” and then check the box for “gallery”. Now if you scroll down you should see the galleries listed so that you can add them to the menu. Hopefully that will take care of the issue for you.

  • logan, July 18, 2012

    Doesn’t seem to work in IE8? or is this just me?

  • apollo, July 11, 2012

    such a wonderful job you done man….. portfolio segment is really very nice!

  • Dan Kick, July 10, 2012

    Thanks Steven,

    I found options in the js file. I know have the picture starting at the top of the browser, but the menu is overlaid over it. Now I just have to figure out how high the menu is in pixels and add that much dead space to the top of my pictures.

    • Steven Snell, July 10, 2012

      The header is 80 pixels high.

  • Dan Kick, July 10, 2012

    is there a way to make the home page slides not cut off the top of pictures? Or in other words, have the top of the pictures I have uploaded start at the bottom of the menu?

    • Steven Snell, July 10, 2012

      Hi Dan,
      I didn’t personally code this theme so I was just looking into the theme files to check it out. The center of the background image should be showing up in the center of the screen (it’s not the case of the top of the photo being lined up with the top of the browser and behind the menu). The Supersized script (http://buildinternet.com/project/supersized/) is used for the full background slideshow. I believe you could edit the CSS in css/supersized.css within the theme folder to position the top of the photo below the menu. I can’t say for sure without testing it, but there may be some issues depending on what screen the visitors is using. For example, as it is coded now I believe the center of the photo will be in the center of the screen regardless of the size of the screen. If you change how the photo is positioned it may line up and look good on your screen, but when someone uses a different size screen it may not look as good.

  • Debbs Hosting, July 7, 2012

    Hey, this is cool! I always like visiting websites with portfolios of photographs or graphics. I think this is the best theme for those who want to have the impact of their work be more powerful. Can the CSS be tweaked?

    • Steven Snell, July 9, 2012

      Yes, when you download the theme you’ll be able to make any changes of customizations to the files.

  • Will Sherwood, July 5, 2012

    Do you know of anyone who’s doing porfolio WordPress templates that allow for the alphabetical, industry type, and project type listing of portfolio pieces? I’m also interested in full page photo versions.

    Thank you in advance for your help…

    • Steven Snell, July 6, 2012

      Hi Will,
      I’m sorry but I’m not very familiar with the different WordPress themes that are out there. I would recommend browsing through ThemeForest, they have loads of portfolio themes.