There are multiple restrictions with the database that need to be accounted for with respect to image galleries. There doesn't seem to be a solution right now that accommodates both:
- Media Manager images AND URLs for image sourcing AND
- Dynamically sizing image galleries
There is a conflict between the restrictions on both of these items that are causing me to be stuck on utilizing these elements.
The Grid Galleries will accept images that ultimately are https:// URL's OR from the media manager BUT these galleries do not dynamically size within a page and will NOT push down elements underneath themselves - so that you can't use them as expected.
In contrast, the masonry gallery WILL dynamically size on a page, allowing you to put elements under it BUT it will ONLY accept images from the Media Manager and not URLs within the database.
This is very unfortunate as the restriction between the two necessitate only one possible gallery usage (masonry) that forces you to upload the images into the media gallery. Very painful if what you want to do is just reference external images.