I have created a template for gallery named image.php which allows me to create a news website style image gallery that can be embedded in posts. But I need two more things to make this complete.
First, I want to know how to create a text link to the first image in a gallery, rather than displaying thumbnails for the gallery as the built-in [gallery] shortcode currently does. For example, check out "click here to start" on this page: http://www.businessinsider.com/android-vs-iphone-debate-quotes-2011-12
Secondly, if anybody knows how to generate a list of all the images in a gallery which I can add to my image.php file that would be great to have so I could use it to create a slider on the bottom of each page featuring an image with the other images in the gallery.