Photos on the forum

saphena

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I shall in the next few days be posting comprehensive guidance on how to load photos onto the forum but in the meantime

briefly, the forum does not handle large individual images.

The image you captured on your phone will usually be too large to be loaded as is, you will need to resize it so that it's small enough to load. Whenever I've loaded images recently I have used Windows Paint [winkey+R] pbrush [ok] to resize to 25%. That works reliably. You should be able to post up to three such images in an individual post.
 
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saphena

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The software on which this forum runs sets limits on the size of images which may be loaded. If you are experiencing difficulties posting photos it's almost always because your images are too large. The current limit is approximately 1MB (1024kb) per image.

If you try to post an image that's too large, on a phone the normal response is for the image load to simply stop. On a desktop or laptop you'll get fullsizefail.png

You need to reduce the image size so that the file on disk is less than 1MB. How do you do that???

On my Android phone I have an app "Photo & picture resizer" which gives me a simple menu of options. There are many such apps. Some free with or without annoying ads, others paid for pretty trivial amounts.

On Windows, I use Windows Paint [winkey+R] pbrush [ok] or [Start][Windows Accessories][Paint] to resize. If you use the truly appalling [Photos] app on Windows you can right-click an image and choose an option
photosresize.png

on Apple kit, similar facilities exist.

Note that the size limit is per image and is the physical file size, not the dimensions of the image. Discovering the actual file size is a bit of a nerdy thing to do these days so I recommend a bit of trial and error with your own setup. Start by resizing to 50% or "M" using the horrible [Photos] app. If that works, stick with it otherwise try 40% and so on until your images load successfully as below
five45ok.png

Alternatively, open an account with a photo-hosting site such as flickr.com or photobucket.com then post links to the images here instead.
 

saphena

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If you're emailing images you can encounter similar problems. The attachment size limits for emails depend on a number of variables including things like your carrier and the email's destination. Emails up to around 5MB in size should be good everywhere so usually you'll want to attach only one or two images to your emails.