Bradley Smoker FAQ's - Answers
Submitted by: Habanero Smoker
I basically use FLBentRider previous write up as a template for the new version of Photobucket.
Q. How do I add pictures to my posts; on the Bradley Smoker Forum?
A. Posting pictures on the Bradley Smoker Forum.
In order to post pictures, you will need a place on the internet to "host" your pictures. There are several free services that will provide this hosting. Photobucket.com is the one we will use for these instructions.
(Note: Photobucket has changed the version of their site, and as of March 18, 2013 they ended their beta testing and implemented the new site for all members. Though we have updated these instructions to their current procedures; Photobucket frequently changes it procedure on how to post pictures to forums. So these procedures on how to post pictures may change again.)
Downloading pictures from your digital camera to your computer, and how to sign up for an account are not covered in these instructions.
This may seem like a long tutorial, but don't get overwhelmed. I've tried to break this down into as many steps as possible. Once you go through this tutorial you will see how smoothly each step moves from one to the other. Also you don't need to do everything in one setting. When I plan to post pictures to a forum, I'll first edit my pictures on my computer. At a later time I will log into Photobucket, create an Album, and upload my pictures. Then when I get around to it, I will again log into Photobucket, and a forum to post my pictures. You can do the same with this tutorial. Create your Album and upload the pictures; then take a break. When you are ready, come back to this tutorial start with section #3 to post your pictures on a forum.
Before You Begin Here Are A Few Things To Consider
- When downloading files (pictures) from your camera, store them in a folder that you can easily remember the name. This makes it easy locate them later.
- Prior to uploading photos you should resize (resample) them to a size of 640 x 480 (800 x 600 also will work for most screens and browser). Not everyone has a large screen, and this will save the person viewing the pictures from having to scroll, or zoom out; which can make the text too small and difficult to read. You can use Photobucket's editing tools to resize your photos, but their editing tools don't work well with the OS system and browser I'm using. My observation when I have uploaded pictures, it seems Photobuckets default size is 640 x 485.
- Also prior to uploading your photos, give some thought to how you want to organize your photos. Make recognizable folders and subfolders to store your photos. Folders and subfolders are called "Albums" on Photobucket. For example: make an Album (folder) called Smoked_Foods, under that folder make subfolders such as Beef, Chicken, Pork, Sausage Seafood etc. Under those subfolders you can create additional folders such as under the subfolder Pork; you can create a folder for a specific cook such as "Pulled_Pork_2_18_13", for pulled pork you cooked on February 18, 2013.
When you click on "Library" and the list appears it will look something like:Smoked FoodsPorkPulled_Pork_2_18_13
I'm not sure how well I will like the new version, but at least they made it much easier to make folders and subfolders.
NOTE: once you have created a link to your picture, and post that link on a forum, if the link is broken your picture will not be displayed. The most common reason for broken links is when you move your pictures on Photobucket to a different album. So plan ahead. If you want to reorganize later your will lose the links that were posted on the forums.
- Opening An Account
If you don't have an account, when you first go to Photobucket, you will be welcomed by this screen or something similar. Click on the button that reads "Sign Up For Free, and follow the online prompts. If you you already have an account, and Album you want to navigate to, after signing-in, you should click on "Upload", and skip to section #2 of this tutorial.
- Creating An Album
- After creating an account or signing-in, you will be brought to the home screen. If this is your first time your screen will be different. If you have posted pictures to this site in the past, the last picture you uploaded will be displayed. The name on the screen will not be "New Member", but the name you used when you created your account. The first thing you should do is click on "Create an Album". This will allow you to create a folder that I mentioned above. From this point on I will be referring to the folders as "Albums".
- After clicking on "Create an Album", this window will pop up. For more options click on "Add a description" and "(edit)". Though Photobucket suggests giving your folder a snazzy name, I recommend you keep it simple; especially if you are using multiple levels of Albums.
- After clicking on "Add a description" and "(edit)" your screen will look like the screenshot below to the left. Here you must give the Album (folder) a name. Adding a brief description is useful, but optional. In the "Privacy Settings" the default for your folder is "Public". You have the option to make it "Private". I suggest you make the album and all albums private. The "Private" setting will only display the photo you have provided a link for. If you leave the setting on "Public", when someone clicks on the link, they can view every photo in that album. If that is not a concern you can leave it "Public". Leave the "Guest password", blank. If you want to make this album a sub-album (sub-folder), then click on "Select Album". A list of your current albums will be listed, and just choose the one you want. As suggested earlier, if you want to post pictures of your lastest Pulled Pork cook, you may want to place in under Album "Smoked_Foods"/Pork. If you have not created any other Albums the only album listed will be "Your Photos and Videos". Next click "Create" and you will be taken back to your "Home Page".
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- Uploading Pictures
- You are now back at the home page, and you are almost ready to start uploading your photos. On this screen click on "Upload". You will be taken to the area where you can upload your photos.
- On the upload screen, the default location is "Upload from computer", and the album will be "Library" (which will store your pictures in the album "Your Photos and Videos"). You will need to change the album, so you can upload your pictures to the album of your choice. Click on Library, and a drop down list of your current Albums will appear. For the purpose of the pictorial; I need to navigate to the album named "Test Folder" and will click on that. NOTE: if you do not choose an album your pictures will be loaded to the default album "Your Photos and Videos".
- Now that you have the correct Album to upload to, next you need to choose the pictures on your computer you want to upload. Click on Browse Files.
- For this tutorial I am using a Windows operating system. Window's Explorer will open, and you need to navigate to the folder were your pictures are stored. Once you locate that folder select the picture or pictures you want to upload. If you have more then one picture; hold the "Ctrl" key down while you select each picture. The below screen shot shows I selected four files. After selecting your files, click on Open and your files will be automatically uploaded.
- After the files have been uploaded, your screen will look like the screenshot below. Here you see the four pictures I had selected and uploaded. You now have the option to add a title to each picture. You don't have to, but I strongly suggest that you do so. If you have more files you want to upload click on Upload More. For the purpose of this demonstration we are going to click on Continue to Home; which will take you back to the home screen.
- Selecting Picture To Post On A Forum
- We are back at the home screen, and getting closer to the end. You will notice that in the screenshot, the picture being displayed is the last picture I had uploaded.
From this screen click on Library
- From the Library screen you will navigate to the album your pictures are located, and select them for posting. The Album List will be listed on the left side of the screen, and you should see the name of the album you created. If you do not see your album; scroll down the list to find the Album your pictures are located and click on it. Again, I stored the pictures in the Album named "Test Folder", so I will click on "Test Folder". The numeral "4" indicates there are four files in the album "Test Folder".NOTE: If you get to this page, and don't see the list of Albums that should be located on the left side of the screen; click on the arrow above "Show Albums and Stories". Since in this screenshot we can see an Album List, under the arrow it says "Hide Albums and Stories".
- Now we are at the album that contains the pictures you just uploaded and want to post to a forum. In the screenshot below you see the four pictures I have uploaded for this tutorial.NOTE: On this page you also can easily change your "Privacy Settings" by clicking on the lock icon, and following the online prompts.
- Move your cursor over a picture and you will see an icon appear that looks like a gear. Move your cursor over the icon, and a dropdown list will appear. Move the cursor down and click on Get Links.. . .
- Yet another window will appear. Click inside the box that reads IMG codes (for forums, boards). The box will briefly turn yellow with the message "copied". That confirms that you have successfully copied the codes into your clipboard, and it is ready to be pasted on a forum. The box will return to its "normal" state, and will again look like the below screenshot.
- Now you will want to open another window in your browser, and go to the forum site you want to post the picture on. For the purpose of this tutorial I am using Windows Internet Explorer (IE 10), and the Bradley Smoker Forum to demonstrate. In the below screenshot I have my browser window opened to the Bradley Smoker Forum, and another closed window that will opened to Photobucket. To switch back and forth for Bradley to Photobucket, you only need to click on the tab.
- You are a few clicks away from posting your picture. Start composing a message on the forum. Somewhere in your message; place the cursor at the point where you want your picture to appear. Next you need to paste the link into your message. To paste the link inside your message, right click the mouse, and select Paste (keyboard shortcut is Ctrl + V). Click on Preview to view your message.
All the codes necessary are copied into your message. DO NOT make the mistake of clicking on the "Insert Image" icon, then pasting. If you need to post more pictures in your message, navigate back to Photobucket, by clicking the appropriate tab in IE to copy other codes, and follow the same procedure in section #3 of this tutorial.
- In the "Preview" screen you can view the message as it will be displayed on the forum. Take a moment to view this screen to make sure your picture is being displayed, it's in the proper location, and it is the picture that you intended to post. If everything looks alright, scroll down and click on SEND.
This completes this tutorial, I hope it was helpful.