How to Post Images on BLF

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Yep, as others have pointed out, we need to use third party image hosting sites because to host it on BLF would cost quite a bit of money.  alt=:" />

Thanks for that and that’s the response I expected. Why is it that this site that gets more income than most other sites and that some of us would chip in to take up the slack just to post pictures?

I guess I don’t get it and never will and please, continue on and I apologize for my intrusion in this thread.

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This is also made more complicated by the fact that many people, most(?) people, take pictures at very high resolution. Many pixels; more pixels than what are needed to display well on an average display. I do it too…. the latest images I have taken with my phone have a file size of over 4 MB. 4 MB for one image. The text-only portion of several pages of any one thread here does not come close to that size. A “how I did it” topic here can have a dozen or more images. The images are the real load on the bandwidth.

Even if the software used on a forum incorporates an automated image downsizing feature before actually storing the images on the host server, the image has to first be uploaded in it’s large size. That costs the host server a bunch of bandwidth; expenses.

I shrink images I use down to a couple hundred KB, or less, before uploading them to my selected image host service. Not everybody knows how to do that and may not have the foggiest idea of what I am speaking of.

IMO, the amount of bandwidth used by images is a main reason why Photobucket went from being a free host to a host with extortion-like fees when images are used to be used on third party pages such as forums and blogs. There is no long term free lunch. Somebody pays somewhere along the line.

If it was possible to have web browsers automatically downsize images before uploading to a web site or web image host, that would reduce bandwidth loads. I have no idea how easy that would be to implement or how it could be done. But then we’d have complaints about image quality reduction from some people. Just my opinion.

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Gebe wrote:
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I have never been successful with posting an image. I copy the link on Imgur but there is no jpg or png at the end of yhe link. Perhaps that’s the problem. But can you just add. jpg to the link without knowing how the file is stored on the host site?

Yes, you can add the file extension. I do this for people all the time. If it’s a picture you took then you know it should be a jpg. If it’s a picture you swiped from the Web then it gets tricky. On the Imgur website open the single picture and copy the direct link. This may or may not work. I’m always using my phone and the Imgur app tends to work way better. I try to open other people’s Imgur links in the app so I can get a good link to post.

On blf I use the simple post editor and I click on the little button that looks like the orange sunset (next to the green film) and I always set the size. Usually 100%, but sometimes smaller. Then I always add something to the next line (under the image code) Either more text or single dot. This helps when people try to qoute your post.

See what I’m talking about? Why in this day and age is it still so complicated that this thread goes on and on?


I consider BLF a pretty small, niche forum. We get lots of new users for group buys, but then they dissappear and it’s just a small group of people again.

Maybe if everyone had to pay a monthly fee to use the forum SB could use a more expensive hosting site, but then there would probably be even less users. I’m kinda glad this forum is free. Using an off site host for puctures is not that big a deal in my mind.

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JasonWW wrote:

I consider BLF a pretty small, niche forum. We get lots of new users for group buys, but then they dissappear and it's just a small group of people again. Maybe if everyone had to pay a monthly fee to use the forum SB could use a more expensive hosting site, but then there would probably be even less users. I'm kinda glad this forum is free. Using an off site host for puctures is not that big a deal in my mind.

Yeah, once you figure out how to post pics, it's not that tough.

I think the hardest part is deciding which image hosting site to use.

Heck, I learned how to post pics with a German image hosting site, and I don't speak a lick of German!  :THUMBS-UP:

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Look at it from another perspective. The are members who frequent other (flashlight) sites.
Sometimes other US sites, sometimes sites in their native country/language.
When using a hosting site they do not need to upload pictures every time they do a review (etc).

You are a flashaholic if you are forced to come out of the closet, to make room for more flashlights.

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JasonWW wrote:
Gebe wrote:
JasonWW wrote:
BabyDoc wrote:
I have never been successful with posting an image. I copy the link on Imgur but there is no jpg or png at the end of yhe link. Perhaps that’s the problem. But can you just add. jpg to the link without knowing how the file is stored on the host site?

Yes, you can add the file extension. I do this for people all the time. If it’s a picture you took then you know it should be a jpg. If it’s a picture you swiped from the Web then it gets tricky. On the Imgur website open the single picture and copy the direct link. This may or may not work. I’m always using my phone and the Imgur app tends to work way better. I try to open other people’s Imgur links in the app so I can get a good link to post.

On blf I use the simple post editor and I click on the little button that looks like the orange sunset (next to the green film) and I always set the size. Usually 100%, but sometimes smaller. Then I always add something to the next line (under the image code) Either more text or single dot. This helps when people try to qoute your post.

See what I’m talking about? Why in this day and age is it still so complicated that this thread goes on and on?


I consider BLF a pretty small, niche forum. We get lots of new users for group buys, but then they dissappear and it’s just a small group of people again.

Maybe if everyone had to pay a monthly fee to use the forum SB could use a more expensive hosting site, but then there would probably be even less users. I’m kinda glad this forum is free. Using an off site host for puctures is not that big a deal in my mind.


Great idea Thumbs Up … make it yearly fee….that way if you get canned, you loose that coin, might cut out/down on all the BS too…..where do I pay!

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Gebe wrote:
Why is it that this site that gets more income than most other sites
How do you know how much income this site gets? Do you have visibility into all revenues and expenses?
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Awesome info here.
Thx

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The insert image function works very well on BLF, no loss in sharpness that I can see. I always upload 1,600 pixel wide photos to my image hosting site, then let the forum software set the image size to about 800-900 pixels wide. This seems to be the Goldilocks spot for sharp pictures that aren't too big or small.

 

CPF also requires externally hosted photos, unless you are a donating member.

The reddit forum does upload photos to their server, but you must live with their horrible user interface.

 

 

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JasonWW
That’s a good thought about listing the direct link.
On my windows system the video, once started, shows a YouTube logo that when clicked opens a new tab of the video on youtube.
I don’t see that on my android tablet.

Since I don’t necessarily know the size of the video vertical pixel height if I use some reasonable width (like 600).
I just put in the pixel width and it seems that the board software takes care of it.
for example:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrI8j0qEIPs width:600
Gets me the below

That seems to be in a correct aspect ratio as did the 4/3 video in my previous post using the same method.

It seems like 600 pixels to 800 pixels for a video width won’t over run smaller screens and still be large enough on monitors.

As far as image size goes, I link to images that are 1024 pixels in the largest dimension and size them so they stay inside the column. Portrait images get a smaller % so they make sense in relation to the landscape images.

I also resize the images to 1024 before uploading. Saves on my uphill bandwidth. I’m too old to wait for a bunch of 24M Pixel images to upload.
Thanks for the help.
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Jeff

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