You just joined your first forum! Heres how you insert a picture in a post?


So you just joined your first forum and are about to post your first thread. After you proof read it ( so you don’t sound like a drunk fool) you say ” Hey it would be awesome if I could show everyone my dog! ” But how the heck do I do that? Heres how.

***First and foremost you need to have your images hosted somewhere. The two sites I recommend are Flickr or Smugmug ***

There are many many different forums and image hosting sites so Im going to give examples of both Smugmug and Flickr. If you have any questions ask me in the comment box and I will be glad to help.

It is also very important to follow your forum image posting rules. It may be very tempting to post all 800 photos of your dog, but really we only want to see 8 or 9 max.

The main goal is to find the address or location of your photo on your hosting site, copy that address, and then paste it in specific forum location.

SMUGMUG Directions
Step 1:  Locate your photo and click on the share button.

Step 2:  Then click on get a link.

Step 3: Next choose the size of the photo. This is important because you don’t want to post a photo thats too big or too small. For me I find that large works.

Step 4: Go to the forum that will have the pleasure of viewing your wonderful photo and create a new post or open up the reply box. When you are ready to post your photo click on the yellow box with the mountain icon. *** Note this might be different from your forum, look for an icon that looks like a photo***

Step 5: You will get a pop up window, right click in the white box,  click on paste, and  then click OK.

Step 6: Wheres my photo? It’s there don’t worry this is code for the forum.

Step 7: This is the most important step. Click on preview post next to submit reply so you can check if your photo will be displayed properly.

Step 8: When your satisfied, submit it to the world!

Flickr Directions:

Step 1:  Click on the photo you want to insert, then right click anywhere on the image and click the size you want to insert into your post.

Step 2:  You will now see your photo again but at the size you defined. Right click and select copy image address *** Note Im on a mac, so it might be different on a pc***

Step 3: Go to the forum that will have the pleasure of viewing your wonderful photo and create a new post or open up the reply box. When you are ready to post your photo click on the yellow box with the mountain icon. *** Note this might be different from your forum, look for an icon that looks like a photo***

Step 4: You will get a pop up window, right click in the white box,  click on paste, and  then click OK.

Step 5:Wheres my photo? It’s there don’t worry this is code for the forum.

Step 6: This is the most important step. Click on preview post next to submit reply so you can check if your photo will be displayed properly.

Step 8: When your satisfied , submit it to the world!

Urban Adventure: Encinitas


A couple Saturdays ago I woke up, turned on my ipad and checked some of the blogs I follow to see what people were up too. I got inspired by Claire Atkinson’s Blog on Urban Photography  I decided I was going to go out on my first urban photographic adventure.

For some reason I feel weird when taking photos of strangers. When ever I take a photo of a stranger they are usually performing an activity that warrants a photo, for example a juggler at a festival. So as soon as I got out of my car and had my camera ready, I was going to take a photo of the first person I saw. Luckily for me that person was on a bike and riding fairly quickly. Next I was approached by a homeless man. He asked for a dollar, I gave him one then asked if I could take his picture but he said ” no way man…. Im too famous” hahaha.  After I got my toes a little wet, it was time to go swimming. I entered a shop that was filled with beautiful mexican inspired art.

As I turn to my left a man sat at a desk working on some of the art so I quickly took a photo of him and smiled. I figured if he didn’t want me to take his photo he would have said something.

After exiting the store I walked through a bazaar.

After I left the bazaar, I was on my way walking through the town. One method that I found exciting was stopping at a store entrance and taking a quick photo. The only problem with this method is the fact that I didn’t have time to properly expose the images and I was going from really bright conditions to really dark.

I spent a good hour or so walking around the town, taking pictures of whatever seemed interesting.

And for my favorite picture I took that day…….

On thing that made this shot special was the fact that he knew I was there. I was about 75 feet from him and he took notice of me as soon I stepped on to the platform. I couldn’t resist this shot. I used one of the large concrete  pillar to hide myself as I swapped out my 30mm 1.4f for a manual focus 135mm 2.8f (the longest telephoto I had with me). I waited a little bit for him to lose interest in me, then I swung around the pillar and took about ten quick shots.

Lessons Learned from this Adventure: 

  • If a homeless man/women asks you for money, ask if you can take his/her picture before you give them cash
  • Be ready to shoot quick 
  • Look all over for photo opportunities
  • If taking pictures of interiors and there’s no time to properly expose the image, make sure your shutter speed is no lower than 1/60th 
A big thanks to Claire Atkinson for the inspiration!

How to Add a Photo from your 500px Site to a Blog or Forum


Recently I joined 500px.com to showcase my finest photos. I really like the layout of the site and in terms of viewing quality photos 500px is far superior over flickr. Heres a link to my 500px page: http://500px.com/ckphotoonline .Today I wanted to post a photo from 500px to a photography forum, the only problem is there is no option to link the photo from 500px. If you right click on the image a copyright is displayed. Even though I own the rights to the photo I am unable to get the image address to post the photo. After I little trial and error I figured out how to get the image address so that you can post your photos anywhere. The directions are very simple and can be summed up in the following photo I made. If you have any questions just ask away in the comments section.

How to Remove a Fotodiox Nikon f/AI adaptor to EOS


So I learned that I wasnt the only person getting their fingers sliced up while trying to remove the Fotodiox Nikon adaptor off an canon camera. I finally figured it out and shot a quick video on how to remove it.

***I take no responislbity for anyone breaking their adaptor/lens/camera or injuring themselves in the process of removing the adaptor. In other words be careful.***

Taking off the adaptor is actually very simple:

Step 1: take the lens off the camera

Step 2: locate the metal flap, stick a flat head screwdriver under the flap and while lifting the flap up move the flap slightly to the left. The goal here is too hang the flap on the rim so that it stays up

Step 3: lastly twist the adaptor off. Use caution when twisting the adaptor off. It is very sharp and will slice your fingers if your not careful. I recommend using gloves.

I’m a visual person so if the directions dont help here’s a video I shot of me taking the adaptor off:

DIY: Pinhole Camera


This week in my creative photography class we got to test out our pinhole cameras. The first light leak test failed, light leaks everywhere. A couple test later I was able to fix the leaks with graffers tape. I was ready to make my first negative. . I cant believe the results! Its so sharp, wide and it worked! Heres the result:

(30 second exposure time. I used Black and White Ilford RC (Resin Coated) paper. Notice the light leaks )

This is the first pinhole camera I’ve ever made. I based the design roughly off of the Santa Barbara pinhole camera.I made this camera for less than $15. I highly recommend this project to anyone with access to a darkroom.

DIY: Pinhole Camera

** If you hurt yourself or any of your possessions while attempting this DIY, you are solely responsible for your actions and results. While this DIY’s danger level is low I assume no responsibly for your actions.**

Materials:

  • One box or object ( as light tight as possible). I bought a bird breeding box for my camera.
  • Graffers or Duck tape
  • Flat or Matte black spray paint
  • Tin cookie or pie pan
  • Needle or tack
  • Drill
  • Large circular drill bits

** The deeper the box or object the more telephoto the image will be and the smaller the hole is the wider the image will be. Finding the right combination may take some luck and multiple attempts**

Step One:

Cut out a large circle with your drill bit in the center of the front side of your box or object.

Step Two:

Paint the inside of your “camera” with your flat or matte spray paint. Let it dry.

Step Three:

Cut out a square of tin (from you pie plate/cookie sheet) large enough to cover the hole drilled in step one.

Step Four:

With your poking device ( I used a tack) make a hole in the center of the square tin. Make the hole as small as possible. I held mine up to the light to make sure I made a clean hole. The cleaner/smaller the hole the sharper your image will be.

Step Five:

Tape your tin square on the inside of your camera box. Make sure you don’t cover the pinhole and cover all around the tin so no light sneaks through.

Step Six:

Cut some tape large enough to cover your outside large hole. This will be your shutter.

Step Seven:

Test the camera for light leaks. In a darkroom, insert your paper emulsion side facing the pinhole. Take the camera outside for 30 seconds. Do not take the tape off the covering your pinhole. After 30 seconds bring the camera back into the darkroom and put your photo in the developer, if after 1 minute the paper stays white, your good to go…. No light leaks! If you see black marks/lines you have light leaks and will need to tape/patch them up. Repeat the test until successful.

Step Eight:

Reload the camera in the dark room. Take the camera out and expose the image for 30 seconds but this time you will take off the tape covering your pinhole to expose the image and cover up the pinhole when times up. After you develop this print you may have to adjust the exposure time to get a properly exposed image. Have Fun! I will be updating you as I print more, especially when I try positive paper and add a flash.