Pictures. best way

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  1. Raycfe

    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    I need help .... in many ways ....
    I like pictures ...... a picture to me is a 1,000 words
    But I know it takes up a lot of computer space ...... is there a better way?
    I use a Mac and can just drag and drop photos .... super easy .... maybe too easy.
    Photos that I have download to sharing sites ...... like photo bucket ...... have been lost for good in the last 20 years.

    I am not a computer geek. So I need help. I don't mind spending a "few" bucks if there is a better way. I don't have a website .... way over my head. My youngest son who is 46 and an IT guy for a Casino just goes too fast ....really too fast ... to help me understand. So I am asking my friends ....here.
    Are thumbnails better?
    Just copying links ..... but then I can't edit out the unwanted stuff. How wants to read 40 pages for just one page.

    Steve works hard to keep this PoPupPortal going it is unfair to him that I clog up his system.

    I am open to try anything ..... but you have to remember someone 73 is not as smart as todays 8 year old.

    Thank you
     
  2. Anthony Hitchings

    Anthony Hitchings Well-Known Member

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    For Windows and PC: Its really easy these days, because storage is no longer an issue. I just backed up ALL my home files (pictures being the space hog) to a 512 Gig thumb drive. My regular backups are to multiple external hard drives (all 1TB or more). All our home files are on an external hard drive - none of our files are on the "C" drive. So if my PC croaks I just plug the external HD into my HP Windows laptop (this has happened once, it was my fault). I use "FreefileSync" to sync files between the main HD and the backup drives - its a VERY agreeable program, and free.

    I downsize all my photos for web sites. I use a long dimension of between 80 and 1200 pixels (look under edit image resize in your photo editor). The are oodles of programs or methods to resize photos - I don't do it much, so I stick to my dumb method.

    FYI I am 68 years young. I tired to upgrade my PC and messed it up. Then I did my proper homework (i.e., after the fact), and the 2nd attempt was painless and ridiculously simple (and successful). The upgrade was from 4G RAM to 8G ram. All memory sticks were the same - to ensure compatibility with the ASUS motherboard (ASUS is excellent quality).
     
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    I think I can help. I'm an IT professional as well, with a pretty good focus on Customer service.

    But I'm not sure what exactly you are asking for.

    Are you asking for:
    1. How to add more storage to your computer because you are running out
    2. How to backup stuff locally so you won't lose things because of machine failure
    3. How to backup stuff to the cloud
    4. The best way to share photos to internet (Specifically the PopUpPortal)
     
  4. Raycfe

    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    I have gently of storage on my Mac
    2. never thought about it ... I guess it goes to the clouds
    3. I also have a cloud ...... I guess ....
    4. best way to share photos of mine .... I can download photos from the internet no problem.
     
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    Question:

    1. Do you ever print your photos? If so, how big is the biggest you'll print?

    If your answer is yes and you print them up to 8x10, then do this:

    Save the original photo from your camera to your computer AND either the cloud (eg, Amazon cloud) AND an external hard drive.

    Do not touch the one on the external hard drive. Leave it alone and put the drive in a safe. The purpose is two-fold: 1. You keep a copy safe from thieves, etc; and 2. You have an original file of the photo so no matter what you do to the other file, this one is "pure".

    Use the cloud file for printing. It will always remain large quality for printing purposes and will not get degraded by repeat manipulation. And you can often use the cloud service to print the images at a cheaper cost than buying your own ink and photo paper.

    The third copy on your hard drive is your "manipulation" copy. Downsize it using a resizer for web purposes (no bigger than 1040 pixels on one size - I usually go with 640 pixels on the shortest size - this will keep it viewable on screen for most monitors, etc.). When you downsize, make sure the file is between 100kb and 800kb. This is all you need for the web. "Save as" this file as your web version - you can easily upload it to websites or email it to friends for onscreen viewing. The original file on your computer can now be used to create alternate shots - recropping, converting to B&W, etc.

    ALWAYS "save as" whenever you alter an image. Otherwise, you end up with the "xerox effect" - everytime you alter and save a jpg image, it tosses out information that it doesn't think you need - and then one day, you find out you needed that info to print a quality photo.

    If your answer is yes you print, often larger than 8x10, then that's another discussion.

    If your answer is no, you never print, then skip the cloud and just maintain the two files - computer and external hard drive.

    I have a folder on my computer called "web versions" - I keep small size versions of all my photos there. I upload them to my mp3 players, my phone, my tablet, and to websites. I can easily share my photos via text, email, etc. from any device or just show the photo on my device in person.
     
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    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    No printing ....... My typical way is very simple ..... I take a photo with my iPhone and then email it to myself, then I just move it to my desktop...for there I just drag a click. I have the photos I want to keep on my phone and in my photos on my Mac.
    This is what we are trying to do ......... That my welcome photo ....... which I post thousands of times.... and it stays in all my replays on the portals server ...... taking up Steves space ...... what would be the best way of ( I guess you call in linking it) posting it without it staying around for ever. I guess I could go in a month later and edit all my replies.
    any advice? Thanks. I also understand that an outsider can't just see what I have on my computer.
     
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    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    Could I just start a simple website of my own and post the photos there? Are there 10 buck websites any more?
     
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    You have an iPhone.. I suggest utilizing the i cloud for your photos. You also have a Mac computer, which also has access to your i cloud. This is the simplest way to transfer photos. Forget emailing yourself every photo, that's crazy talk lol.
     
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    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    It works
     
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    OK, so you're really looking at a way to post your welcome photo once to the site and then link it to future posts. Thereby only using up a small portion of bandwidth once.

    I think that might be a question for Steve.

    It may be easier to just downsize your image to no more than 300kb and post as usual.
     
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    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    Steve and I are working on it already ...... just need some help.
    How do I download it to less than 300kb?

    Here's the info on the photo ....... I don't know what any of it means ...sorry

    phoyoinfo.png
     
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    Toedtoes Well-Known Member

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    You're good. The file is only 147kb.
     
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    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    Steve suggested I.
    Upload the image to my "onsite" photo album and use the link to it whenever doing a welcome.
    What is my onsite photo album? Sorry I am so computer dumb
     
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    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    Didn't work. The way I wanted
     

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    rabird Howdy!

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    I don't have access to my work tools, so this is a quick and dirty one. (The stuff I make at work is more concise, and better highlighted)

    Can you follow this?
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nRT92hiLuEKlyDcF4PEyxsTd9FMLSgbF/view?usp=sharing

    You will have to download the file, and then click on it. It will start a slideshow of the steps to upload your own media, and then starting from the Homepage, how to find your own media, click on it, and get the link (off to the right) of the image to share.
     
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    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    Ok I created an album ...... but I haven't figured how to paste it to a reply.
    www.popupportal.com
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    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    Hey I did it ........ thanks.
     

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