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Go to your workspace (see preceding) and, under "Your photos", click on "your portfolio management page" or "uploading a single photo"

Members can also log in and go to the gallery page (http://www.photo.net/gallery) and click on "Manage" under the heading "Your Portfolio"

Once you are in your portfolio, you will need to enter your equipment before uploading images.
Please add at least one of each of the following types of equipment to the "Equipment" section first by either choosing the "Equipment" link in the gray tip box or by choosing "Manage your equipment" under the "Your Equipment" section:
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Once you have added all required equipment, choose the "Your Portfolio" link in the navigation bar above your equipment table to return to your portfolio.

You are now ready to add a photo to your portfolio.
To upload a single photo:

  • choose "add a single photo"
  • upload a file
  • enter the required information about your photo (don't forget to specify the camera and film/media used in the equipment area)
  • choose the "Add this photo" button at either the top or bottom of the page to complete your upload

How do I delete a photo?

To delete a photo from your portfolio:
  • Go to your portfolio page
  • Select the Roll, Folder or PhotoCD in which you stored the photo.
  • Click on the photo.
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  2. Make your posting HTML and include an <img> tag. Another popular way to do it is to make your posting HTML rather than "Plain Text" and to enter an <img> tag. For this to work, you have to have the image available somewhere on the Web to be served. An obvious way to meet this requirement is to upload the image as a "photo" to photo.net and to use the photo.net image-display URL, but any image hosting service or a URL to your own web server will do. This approach is more complicated than bulletin board attachments since you have to separately upload the file and you have to type in a little HTML. Its is that you have more control over the size and placement of the image. The disadvantage (besides being a little harder) is that if the link is ever broken (the image hosting server is down, for example), then the image in your posting won't appear. If you use this approach, please be polite to other forum readers, and do not embed very large images in your posts or use URL's that are going to place unwanted cookies on other members' computers.

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