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How to post photographs

Please read and understand this carefully as it may seem complicated but it really isn't Eye-wink

Before we begin

Take note of the submission guidelines on the image page - 1600px pics max are a recommendation. They get resized to 800px for the gallery but members can view the original (good for putting top shots on your wallpaper or printing).

If you've got a few shots to upload we recommend using Picasa (or another similar cataloguing package). Scan through your pictures and 'hold' any you like in Picasa's tray. Then export them to a temporary folder at a good size to upload (800px even is fine) and upload that copy - nice and fast and easy.

You can use any image organisation software you like of course, it's just that Picasa is free and easy.

All that said, there are several ways to post photographs on this site:

Post an image in it's own right

This is the preferred method.

This is useful when associating images with other posts (or galleries) such as ride locations (eg. Manly Dam), meetings (eg. THE MONT - do you need some practice??), etc. There are other specific galleries that single images can be linked to, for example various equipment galleries (eg. Complete Bikes (MTB)).

The advantage of these galleries is that multiple users can add their images in the same place.

Another advantage is that as each image is a post in it's own right, comments on each can be made.

Some people may find the 'Associated Post' field hard to decipher. Basically, in here one needs to enter the node title of the ride area, meeting or other gallery that the image belongs in. Note that there is more than one space here to allow images to appear in more than one gallery.

The 'Associated Post' field is an auto-complete box... simply start typing the title of the gallery and it will auto-complete, or present a (hopefully short) list of options. If this list is too large though (too many rides titled, 'Manly Dam') then simply visit the gallery you want to post into and use the 'Post a new image in this gallery' link at the bottom - doing this will automatically complete the 'Associated Post' field.

Attach one or more images to a blog or forum post

For moderators this also works for book pages and some other moderator only content types.

This is best used when a miscellaneous image or two (or maybe more) is needed for reference or just to compliment a post, but you don't need them to appear as their own topics where users can comment on each.

To attach images like this, complete the 'Images' section of the content creation form. This is the part with the 'Choose File' and 'Upload' buttons next to each other. This part works outside of the form submission process so you can choose and upload images before submitting the post.

There is a further 'Add another item' below these which allows multiple images to be attached, just keep pressing it.

Images added in this are shown as 'inline' size previews below the body of the post. If any is clicked a larger preview is shown in a 'lightbox' (a popup window) which users can navigate back and forth between.

The advantage to using this method is that it's quick and easy, but comments on individual images cannot be made and it's hard for a poster to reference a specific image (eg. "The 3rd one down, after that red thing on that other post...").

Just link it in

Finally, one does not have to actually upload an image to include it in a forum or other post here. Say you have the URL of an image from your shared photo album, simply include it inline using HTML <img...> tags.

This is not the preferred method of inclusion though. That is as hosting services where images may be stored come and go, providers may change link references, etc. It is much preferred to upload your photos and images to the site you are discussing them on as then everything is in one place.

One exception to the 'link it in rule' that we do recommend is referencing images elsewhere on the site in a related post. This is discussed in the next 'How to link photos' page.

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