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 Post subject: How to.. Host photos for use with Trip Reports.
Unread postPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 9:47 pm 
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To put photos into Trip Reports (or indeed anywhere on the forums) they first need to be loaded onto an online hosting site.

Two of the most popular ones are Photobucket and Flickr. Both are free and easy to use*.

We've now been told about another site that is alway straightforward to use - imgur. Again its free and easy to use.

The following 3 posts contain basic tutorials on how to load and link to these sites.

We hope you find them helpful. If you have any queries or comments please let us know. If you have problems with loading or posting photos, please ask saraf or any of the Moderators and we will try our best to help out.

How to use Photobucket.
How to use Flickr.
How to use Imgur
*Please note the free accounts mean you will get adverts on your pages. While using Photobucket to create the tutorial I came across some distasteful adverts.

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 Post subject: Photobucket
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How to...Host your photos on http://www.photobucket.com

1. First thing you have to do is Register on their website. It's free and easy, all you need is a username, a password and an email address. Choose the free option for 2GB of storage, which should be enough for 1000 photos. However there is a limit on the bandwidth of 10GB per month (see an explanation here). To preserve your bandwidth usage, it is best to resize your photos before uploading to Photobucket.

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2. Start the upload process by clicking on the Upload link on the menu.

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3. Select the file(s) you want to upload by clicking the Browse Files button. This displays a dialogue box which allows you to select the photos from your PC. Once you have selected your photo(s) click the Open button to continue.

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4. The forum has a maximum size for photos of 800x600. Photobucket doesn't offer a selection of sizes like Flickr but it does offer photo editing functionality. Just click the Edit button from the menu, select the photo from the dialogue box.

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4a. Then select Resize from the Edit menu

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4b. Enter the dimensions you want the photo to be (please note maximum allowed on the forum is 800x600).

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5. When all your photos have been loaded click on one of them and you will see a menu called Image Links on the right hand side of your screen. Click on the IMG code and it will copy the picture for you.

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5. The final step is to go to your Trip Report (or any other post), and 'paste' the picture in your text.

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And you should now have a photo in your TR.

(PS. Make sure you have the "Disable BBCode" option unticked)



Tutorial written by saraf and roaneric.

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 Post subject: Flickr
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How to.. Host your photos using http://www.flickr.com/

1. First thing you have to do is Register on their website, it's free. You will need a Yahoo account but don't worry if you haven't got one, they are easy to create. With a free account you get 1 Terabyte of photo and video storage. There is a maximum limit of 200MB per photo.

2. Next upload your photos onto Flickr. The Upload button can be found on the top of the page on the right of the menu.

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3. Select file you want to upload by clicking the select photos and videos button:

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This displays a dialogue box which allows you to select the photos from your PC. Once you have selected your photo(s) click the Open button.

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3.5. You can also drag and drop the photos directly from your PC.

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At this point you can choose to edit the details of the photos by adding a title or description.

You then need to continue with the upload by clicking the Upload Photo button.

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4. To share your photo:

Click on the photo to open it.

You should see a number of icons at the bottom right of the screen. Click the one with the arrow pointing left. If you hover over it with the mouse you will see it is labelled "Share this photo"

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Click the BBCode link
Select a Medium size from the drop down list (please remember the forum limit is 800x600)

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The code you need is displayed in the box. It will be highlighted already so copy it then paste it into your post.

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And you should now have a photo in your post.

(PS. Make sure you have the "Disable BBCode" option unticked when posting)
Tutorial written by saraf.

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 Post subject: Re: How to.. Host photos for use with Trip Reports.
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As you know you cannot post photos on the forum directly from your PC. You first have to load them to an online Hosting site and then include a link to them in your post.

The techie guys have told us about a Photo Hosting site that is free and easy to use. It's called imgur and you can find it here: https://imgur.com/

You will need to register to be able to upload photos but this is easy enough. You just need a username, password and email address. Or you can link to an existing Twitter, Facebook, Google or Yahoo account.

This is what you see when you first logon in:

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To upload your photos click on the images button at the top right and you will see something like this:

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I recommend that you don't load full size images to a Photo Hosting site (or anywhere else on the web for that matter). There are nasty people out there out to steal your masterpiece. And besides they take ages to load. imgur will load only the size you tell it to, so the following neat feature saves messing around resizing before loading or editing afterwards.

Click on the Auto Resize link and you will get a choice of sizes. Recommended is the 640x480 or 800x600 (please remember that this forum limits you to 800 anyway). Everything you load will be loaded at that size.

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Next step is to select the image(s) you want from your PC or laptop and drag them onto the imgur page, like this:

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To post on the forum simply click on the photo you want and you will see photo with a list along the right side.

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Click in the box below BBCode (message boards & forums) header and Ctrl C (or right click and select Copy).

In your forum post you then just Ctrl V (or right click and select Paste). You don't need to do anything else, imgur does it for you. You should see something like this:

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Click submit and you have posted a photo on the forum!!!!!

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