Images may be posted to the forum in either of two ways:
1. You may upload .jpg or .jpeg files directly to our server. While posting your message, look for the "Upload attachment" tab beneath the text message area. Click on that tab and click the "Browse" button to locate the photo on your computer. After locating the photo, click the "Add the file" button. After writing and submitting your message, the photo will appear as part of the post.
2. You may link to images on other Web servers. For example, PhotoBucket.com
are free services that will let you upload photos to their servers. Linking to these photos will require adding code (similar to the following) in your posts: [img]http://whatever.com/whatever.jpg[/img]
. Most photo uploading sites will supply this code for each photo.
Photos must be in .jpg or .jpeg format.
The maximum width of photos is 618 pixels. Photos larger than this will be cut off at 618 pixels. Photos uploaded directly to our server (instead of linked to from another site) will be automatically resized to fit. The reason for the size restrictions is because about one third of those accessing these forums either have a slower dial-up connection or a lower-resolution monitor. Anyway, keeping the size small speeds things up for everyone.
Keep the byte size of the photos small with a generous amount of JPEG compression. Large photo files take a long time to download for people on a slower modem connection. If you post a photo that weighs in at 2 megabytes, it will take a person on a modem about five minutes to see your post. Photos taken directly from digital cameras are almost always too large to post without some editing. Use a photo editing tool (like Photoshop
or the software that came with your camera) to reduce the size of the files to under 700 pixels wide and 100 kilobytes if at all possible. Don't be afraid to squeeze the photos down using lots of JPEG
compression to do this.
Unfortunately, it is not practical to provide a tutorial here on editing photos. This all depends on the editing software you have available, so you're on your own.
For security reasons, the current phpBB 3.x software behind these forums does not accept HTML tags written into the posts. Instead, you must use the BBCode tags
(for example, [IMG] instead of <IMG>.