I'll post as much detail as you want. I went through Tamba's WordPress CSS Guide to understand the elements of the template. Then adjusted the design according to my Photoshop mockup. The one thing that I read the most on was about the Post Meta because I figured that would be what I would want to use. I post all the photos into custom key called "postphoto". This is because I wanted to separate the large photo from the copy that might appear for each photo if I decide to put some there. Then I used Idahocline's meta hack to output that photo. I stripped some of his tags in it so it outputted only the actual "$value" of the key. Then formatted how I wanted in the CSS:
<div id="postphoto"><?php the_meta_key("postphoto"); ?></div>.
I also have all the thumbs generated dynamically (then cached once generated) using Singapore's thumbnailing feature. So, I can have Singapore generate any size thumb (even square) by just linking the thumb like:
So I can scale the thumbs however I want. Using Singapore isn't necessary, I just wanted more control over the thumbs to make the square and the thumbs created by the upload function for WordPress was putting an ugly black line to the right of all the thumbs...
Posts are set to "1 - Paged Posts"; then using vbNavi gives me my navigation for each page. Also to give some input to location, I added breadcrumbs.The archive does use the Pictorialis archive listing.
Then I just created catagories that defined the photos I will be posting. So I have things like (Style: Black and White, Color, Cross Processed), (Subject: Object, People, Scenery, Abstract), (Mood: Funny, Sad), which allows me to cross catagorize the photos so people can search through whatever style that pleases them.
Next thing I'm going to do is put random thumbs on the pages using a modified version of random posts plugin since all the thumbs are in the excerpt field. Trying to figure out a way to get exif data into another custom field as well. If anything, I'll just put it in manually since some of my photos are taken with a film camera.
So with a few tweaks, I think the base WordPress works out pretty good for a photoblog.