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    How to post photos

    I have a photo of an adaptive hiking wheelchair that I would like to share, and remember posting photos as being not-easy.

    If memory serves, one couldn't just drop or upload a photo into a posting, but had to upload it from a photo-sharing site.

    Folks who have posted a photo recently, how did you do it?


    Thanks!


    Brian

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    Not sure you realize it but there is a sticky on top of this forum on what you ask

    My two cents
    On the rare occasions I need to insert an image I need to downsize the resolution to reduce the file size as the site will only allow a limited file size. There are plenty of free downsizing sites on the web. Most folks use cameras that take high resolution shots and they are a way too large file size so they need to downsize them before attaching an image.

    I participate on other forums and the big down side to uploads from photo sharing sites is that historically the free and some paid hosting sites either disappear, go subscription or the links get corrupted. The net result is for historical purposes the photo is gone from the website. Not a problem if someone just wants to post a pretty picture but a definite issue if someone is posting a technical photo that is essential to a post. An example is the Unimog forum I participate in, I frequently am searching for arcane information specific to my Mog, as it was never imported into the US by Mercedes and practically everyone is custom built to some extent so photos of tear downs are invaluable on occasion. Unfortunately the hosting site is frequently gone or the link is corrupt on older posts and I see a white box with an X in it . The standard reminder on that site is make sure any important photos are uploaded rather than hosted. I think they have larger file size limit but I find the VFTT limit works for me.

    The trade off I believe is the file size of the forum gets bloated with direct uploads as photos take a lot more space then text. Not sure of how much of an issue that is these days but expect it was years ago. I will let the mods comment on this as I am just a gearhead

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    We have unlimited storage for photos these days. I moved the OP from General Backcountry to Site Help, so the sticky may not have been as obvious as it is now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peakbagger View Post
    My two cents
    On the rare occasions I need to insert an image I need to downsize the resolution to reduce the file size as the site will only allow a limited file size. There are plenty of free downsizing sites on the web. Most folks use cameras that take high resolution shots and they are a way too large file size so they need to downsize them before attaching an image.
    Two more cents:

    The ImageMagick package (free and runs on the usual popular OSes) contains the convert command which can resize an image. http://www.imagemagick.org/

    How to reduce file size ("%" is the command prompt, my comments are in parenthesis):
    % identify original_file.jpg
    (returns the file type and size, divide the size by the desired factor)
    % convert original_file.jpg -resize new_size shrunken_file.jpg

    An example (to halve the dimensions of a file, UNIX/Linux syntax):
    % identfy IMG_30084.jpg
    IMG_3084.jpg JPEG 6000x4000 6000x4000+0+0 8-bit sRGB 4.606MiB 0.010u 0:00.009
    (size is 6000x4000, half size is 3000x2000)
    % convert IMG_3084.jpg -resize 3000x2000 output_3084.jpg

    Convert and the rest of the ImageMagick package can also do many other things. (I use it frequently...) Reducing the "quality" (compression level) of a JPEG can also shrink the file size. (Convert can do this too.)

    Doug

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    If linux command lines are not your thing, Google for "image resize" and a whole host of free sites will come up. I.e., http://www.simpleimageresizer.com/. You can then use this to make your photo small enough to attach, assuming you cannot find another way to link to it on any one of many places on the internet which host photo files for you.

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