In my opinion, the easiest way to post a full size photo on a forum is by using a photo hosting website, such as Photobucket
Photobucket is a website that you upload your photos to and they are hosted on the site as a means of using the image link to post to forums and whatnot. It is completely FREE, and very easy to use.
To make it even easier (for those of you who think it's complicated or scary!), I have made this tutorial with sceenshots. BEFORE YOU START:
Your photo(s) should be resized to an appropriate viewing size before you upload it to Photobucket. Most cameras take large file size photos, and Photobucket has a size limit for uploading. The recommended size for forums and web viewing is 640 x 480 pixels.
This can be done using your computer's default photo editor. I prefer Microsoft Office Picture Manager. If you have Microsoft Office (with Word, Powerpoint, Excel, etc), then you should have Picture Manager.
After you open the photo in Picture Manager, go to Picture > Resize. This will open a tool bar on the right hand side of the screen. Select the "Predefined width x height" option and choose "Web - Large (640 x 480 px)" from the drop down box. Then hit OK, and save your photo. I recommend saving it as a copy and not overwriting your original high res photo. Using Photobucket:
Now that you have your resized photo saved, you log onto Photobucket
. If you don't have a Photobucket account, click the "Join" link above the login info to create your account.
Again, it's completely FREE. All you need is a working email address - and you the rest of the info you can make up if you want
After you log in, it will take you to this page. (yours won't have pics uploaded yet like mine has, but you get the idea). Click on the "Upload images and videos" button (circled in red)
You will then have to go to whichever folder on your computer that the photo(s) are saved to. You can select more than one photo at a time to upload them all at once. For this tutorial, I just selected one photo:
Click "Open" in the window, and your photo(s) will begin uploading. When its finished, it will take you to this screen... Just click "Return to album".
You should see the new photos now, and a few links underneath them. You want to right click and copy the IMG link.
Go back to the forum where you want to post your photo. Within the text box, paste the IMG link:
After you submit your post, it will show up like this:
And that's it! :biggrin55
The free Photobucket account holds TONS of photos (30GB) worth, so you'll likely never run out of room. (unless you're like me and are a photo posting junkie...), in which case you may want to consider upgrading to the pro version, which costs money... or just create another account with a different email address (but you didn't hear that from me
If you have any questions about posting a photo, please post in the Site Feedback forum
. Thank you!