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How do I upload a photo?
Photos uploaded to photo.net should be JPEG format, less
than 100k in size, and no larger than 800x600 resolution [Ed: we're trying to
change this limitation; we formerly employed a programmer who came to
the ridiculous conclusion that the average photo.net reader circa 2006
used an 800x600 pixel monitor!] . There are two areas on photo.net
where members can upload photos:
Go to your workspace (see preceding) and, under "Your photos",
click on "your portfolio management page" or
"uploading a single photo"
Once you are in your portfolio, you will
need to enter your equipment before uploading
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:
Films / Media
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
Select the Roll, Folder or PhotoCD in which you stored the photo.
Click on the photo.
From the options below the photo, click on Delete photo.
How can I get my photos critiqued?
The best way to get your photos critiqued is to become an active
participant in the community by thoughtfully critique other members'
photos. Photo.net members can also submit
photos to the photo
How can I change the image, caption,
equipment, and other information for a photo?
Click on the photo thumbnail in the folder
to open it, then click on "Edit Image Info".
Can I prevent my photo from being rated or critiqued?
No. All photos can be rated or
commented-on by other members.
How can I prevent my photo from being seen by others?
You can't. All photos are available for public viewing.
How do I ask a question in the forums?
Before asking a question, please use the search feature (upper right
of every page) to see if your question has been answered in an
archived thread, photo.net article or in a user comment on a photo.net
article. To post a question to the discussion forums, start
at http://photo.net/community/forums and
choose the forum most appropriate for your question.
How do I place hyperlinks in my posts?
If you would like to post a question that appears like:
how do I place a <a
>hyperlink</a> in my post?
The <a href="xxxx">yyyy</a> tag is a HTML command
that makes the link active. Replace the "xxxx" with a URL,
and replace the "yyyy" with whatever you want the link to say.
Be sure to select "HTML" from the "text above is" option, just
below the Message box. Then click the "Post" button and test your
links before hitting the "Confirm" button. To separate paragraphs
in HTML place <p> between them. To get a new line
in HTML write <br>. For more details, visit
guide to links.
How do I include an image in a forum post?
There are two ways to include an image in a forum posting.
Using the bulletin board upload feature. With this method
the association between the uploaded image and the posting is stored in
the database, and the image is uploaded to a special area.
The attached file will stay on photo.net as long as the posting
is not deleted. To do this, you fill in the form that comes
up after you "Confirm" your posting. If you enter a caption
and the filename has an extension recognized as an image (.JPG or .GIF), it
will be displayed at the top of the posting, and if it is small enough,
it will be displayed in-line. If it is too big, there will just be a link.
What is "too big"? 512 pixels or more in width.
If you don't enter a caption, it is assumed to be
some other kind of file besides an image (not allowed in all forums),
and a link will be placed to it at the bottom of the posting,
after the poster's name. Even with the correct extension, the software may
not recognize some JPEG files. It has been reported that .JPG files from Picture
Publisher 8 are not recognized as images, for example.
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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