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i am a visual person ... yet ...

... when it comes to adding images to my online journal, i don’t do it.

this has been an issue eversince i started my journal.

a big part of this is because it seems like such a pain to accomplish.

  • edit first to find best shot;

  • then gotta either download image from iPhoto or scan it into computer;

  • crop it, size it appropriately;

  • image it if necessary (not necessarily my greatest strength;

  • save it in web-friendly mode;

  • log onto my server;

  • save the danged photo there;

  • Then go back to journal and rummage through old entries looking for an image i previously posted to get the source code;

  • copy html coding;

  • paste into journal entry;

  • overwrite old file name with new file name;

  • hit submit;

  • hope others see the colors as i see them on my own screen.

Seriously, is this what you all do with images you create yourself?

a ton of people are using flickr all over the ‘net. haven’t really delved into the site, believing it’s a visual online journal.

yet i’m beginning to think it’s more than that seeing how images are used beyond flickr.


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Sep. 24th, 2005 11:30 am (UTC)
Well, I shoot digital, so I don't have the scanning step; I post on smugmug, which much simplifies the web-hosting issue; and I pull the code out of LJ's FAQ. Still a bit cumbersome, but not overwhelming, and I so love being able to share my pics.
Sep. 24th, 2005 05:52 pm (UTC)
will have to check out smugmug.

i have a digital camera, too.

with iPhoto i could download the images straight to the web; however, the images wouldn't be cropped or edited ... i'm a bug ... AND the images would automatically be uploaded to a new webpage Apple has as a default.

thanks for sharing, kayre/carol. :)
Sep. 24th, 2005 08:46 pm (UTC)
I use iPhoto, but I crop and edit, then email the best to smugmug.

(Btw, if you get interested in smugmug, I can give you a discount code.)
Sep. 26th, 2005 12:15 am (UTC)
Thank you for the offer.

Maybe I should play more with the cropping and editing tools in iPhoto ... that's one less program to open ... I'm so used to PhotoShop.

Not sure what I'm gonna do with the photo posting concept just yet. If I get back to you six months from now, and want to purchase smugmug, will your offer still stand?

Silly, I know ... Today, I'm feeling overwhelmed with everything I need to be focusing on.
Sep. 25th, 2005 12:32 pm (UTC)
Your Scrapbook account will let you write a post with a picture included, using the web update page there, so you don't have to bother with fetching or pasting the HTML code and all that. (The interface-- the project is still in Beta-- is a bit weird, but usable.) That eliminates four of your steps right there. You'll automatically be logged in to Scrapbook whenever you're logged in to LJ, too, so that eliminates another step.

I can't remember if you use a Windows PC or not, but if you do, cropping, resizing, converting between formats, and saving are all pretty easy with the free Irfanview image viewer.

Even with all this stuff, though, posting images remains a bit tedious and time-consuming, which is why I seldom do it, myself.


Pictures posted from the Scrapbook Journal Update page will be small versions (you choose the size yourself) which are links to the larger version saved in your gallery. (This example isn't a lnk because I've inserted it here the old way, by hand. Scrapbook Update doesn't do comments.)
Sep. 26th, 2005 12:30 am (UTC)
Well, I'll be darned. So scrapbook must be where everyone at lj stores their "pictures?" ... referring to the "pictures" link ... that i've seen for a long time, but haven't bothered to learn about?

I'm on a Mac, but scrapbook might have a compatible image editing program for macs. Just saved a link to the scrapbook page.

Thanks for bringing me up to speed, FB.
Sep. 26th, 2005 01:44 am (UTC)
Even most paid users (who get 100 MB of storage for pictures and phone posts) appear to use other image hosting sites for most of their photo storage. I think Photobucket is most popular, though Flickr is gaining. Scrapbook still has a lot of wonkiness to it, and the interface is not yet as well organized as it might be.

All of our user icons are hosted there now, though. (LJ used to contract with akamai for icon hosting.)
Oct. 5th, 2005 02:19 am (UTC)
Mr. FB, thank you for all your input. I'm "bookmarking" (memories) ... this entry 'cause o' you.

great references!
Sep. 25th, 2005 10:41 pm (UTC)
I just type the image reference directly into my post, but then I use the web client. No specialty clients for me.

Since my images are often GIMPed, I'm already sized, cropped, composited and so on.

No need to save image "web friendly" unless saving a palletized image: GIF and some forms of PNG.

Sep. 26th, 2005 12:18 am (UTC)
So your photos go straight from your camera to your web client (or is that also called web server?)?


You're working in a whole different realm than I am. So used to Macs and PhotoShop.

Never heard of GIMPed. PhotoShop probably can open such a document, but I don't know.
Sep. 26th, 2005 03:31 pm (UTC)
My camera saves images in JPEG format on a disk. I open the disk just like I would any other file. I can move them to my hard drive to open them in the image editor/compositor, which is called the GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Package). Photos processed by the GIMP are verbed to be GIMPed. GIMP saves images as JPEG, PNG, XCF, FLI, RAW, TIFF, TIB, good ol' Photoshop 5, and a half dozen other formats I never use.

Sending finished photographs to my server is a drag and drop operation, because I've set up both my web server and my Gnome Desktop (GNU/Linux, remember?) to operate that way. Drag the photo out of the Gnome equivalent of the Finder. Drop it on the icon representing my web-server and it uploads PFM (Pure Frackin' Magic).

Posting the photographs involves me typing html right into the Live Journal web client. Since I know the address of my web server, and I know HTML, posting the image is a matter of typing the right commands.

Yes, it's a whole different world from the Mac, unless you have a taste for the terminal, which is included with OS-X. Through the terminal you can access the UNIX underpinnings of OS-X, and with that power you can learn to automate some of the underlying moving of data.

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