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Nifty Fifty: New Gorgeous and Lightweight WordPress Photography Theme

Our collection of themes is now richer! Meet The Nifty Fifty WordPress Photography theme – a gorgeous and minimal design for creatives.

wordpress photographer portfolio theme

It’s a Pinterest style WordPress portfolio theme for those perfectionists who stuck with the bewildering variety of designs and cannot decide what’s the most creative one for their photographs. This theme won’t make you think too much!

It is rich visually (thanks to your photos!) and doesn’t include any redundant functionally: minimal design, intelligent image rendering and no confusing plugins. Isn’t it what you are looking for?

Let’s talk a bit more about it.


Cool name, eh?

If you are an experienced photographer, Uncle Bob or nifty fifty names shouldn’t sound strange to you.

Uncle Bob was out of the question, of course… But the ‘nifty fifty’ was really the name to build a strong association with this photographer portfolio WordPress theme – it’s just as lightweight and professional as the renowned 50mm lens. Just don’t say it’s a myth! 🙂



It strives to simplicity. The navigation buttons are maximum simple, the photos in Pinterest style are in the spotlight, keeping their original parameters without cropping.

The hamburger menu is a great choice in this type of a theme as it hides all possible distractions.

The Nifty Fifty theme uses a “srcset” attribute, it defines the best device-pixel ratio making the theme 100% responsive and delivering awesome user experience to the owners of all devices. That is, your photos keep their original quality without scrolling and regardless of the device used.

You may switch between white and dark skins. To change the skin, simply navigate to the WordPress Customizer > Colors:

wordpress photography theme

What’s your choice?

dark and light skins photography wordpress theme

How you will work with the photos

This photography WordPress theme is powered by the Jetpack plugin – top quality plugin made by WordPress software creators. With its help you’ll be able to create gorgeous Masonry style portfolios and feature them under different categories.

The Jetpack plugin will be included into the theme, but you’ll need to configure some settings:

– Either connect the plugin to (you’ll need to create a free account), or use it in the Dev mode (doesn’t require any connection, but the list of features is limited);

– Navigate to Settings and turn on all required options (you’ll need Portfolios and Lightbox features). You may also speed up the images, add sharing buttons to the posts, etc. Simply go through the tabs and apply the needed settings.

photography wordpress themeTo create your categorized portfolios, you’ll need to add your photos to the posts via activated Portfolio menu. You’ll simply need create a new project, add images and texts, project type, tags and a featured image.

nifty fifty wordpress photography theme

When all your portfolios are added, you’ll need to feature the selected ones on the needed pages and customize their appearance with a help of Jetpack shortcode.

More likely, you’ll firstly want to showcase the portfolio on the front page. To do that, you’ll need to create a new page, choose a full-width template for it and insert a Jetpack shortcode with your parameters (you may include the projects types or tags that you created):

wordpress photography theme

The full list of shortcode parameters is listed in the theme docs:

The process is the same if you want to feature the images on other pages – add the portfolios and include their types in the shortcode.

You may feature additional information about the images like tags, categories, author, etc. Here is the portfolio page example with more image details displayed:

wordpress portfolio theme

Moreover, don’t forget to set your front page as Static and link it to the Home page with the Jetpack shortcode:

wordpress photography theme

The navigation inside the project is easy – you either scroll down to all images or switch between the projects:

wordpress photography themeIf you turn on the lighbox in Jetpack Settings

wordpress photography theme

…then the site visitors will be able to preview the images in the lightbox (it’s a great feature as they can view the original size of the image and comment under each individual image):

wordpress photography theme

The front page

It’s easy to customize the front page with the WordPress Customizer. When the portfolio is added, you may also update all site identity info (upload the logo, change tagline and site icon) and menus.

You may change the content of the Primary menu (it’s opened when the hamburger icon is clicked), Social menu with the social icons and Footer menu (there is copyright and Contact button by default).

nifty fifty wordpress photography theme


The theme is ready to serve you in rich photoblogging – you may add your posts featuring multiple images (with Jetpack those images can be featured in galleries inside the posts).

wordpress photography theme

WordPress-native photography portfolio

As you probably noticed, the theme is not bunched with tons of different engines, the only plugin that runs and optimizes your photos is Jetpack. So, in case you need to change the theme, you won’t lose your content created with the Jetpack, as the theme doesn’t remove the plugin.

If you are one of those savvy photographers who understands the importance of simplicity in a WordPress theme that hosts many high quality images, you’ll definitely love the Nifty Fifty!

Check Nifty Fifty Dark

Check Nifty Fifty Light


The price is $55 for one website. Much cheaper than the average!

By the way, all current members of the MotoPress Club won’t need to buy it – it’s yours already! Just log into your account and download the theme.

Want to share your thoughts? Got an idea? Welcome!