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Second, I would gladly post it larger (and brighter) if someone would kindly tell me how.
On, photosig, fred_miranda and even [censored], I simply look for the photo on my computer and load it up. But here, all I can do is put it in my Portfolio and then link to it.
Is there a better way?
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OK...bigger, first. I assume, for a minute, that you're using a camera that delivers a digital image that's larger than a couple of hundred pixels across, so I'd bet that you're re-sizing your image, somehow.. I use Photoshop to resize my images to a width of 500 pixels across the horizontal and, at the same time, change the resolution from whatever it was to 72 dots per inch for posting on the web. For example, here's one of my 500 across (and let it be whatever it comes out to vertically):
It actually comes out to 500 horizontal X 707 vertical.. your mileage will, of course, vary as you crop the image. Most folks' monitors will show 500 pixels as a fairly visible size.
Regarding the brightness... again, I use Photoshop to adjust the brightness, color, contrast, etc. to where it looks good on my monitor. I've adjusted my monitor so that my own images look pretty much like everyone else's (as far as the brightness)... if your monjitor is adjusted differently, you may think the image is bright enough, or contrasty enough, but... so look at your images on another computer... several different computers, if possible, to double-check to see that you're gettin gthe same results as everyone else.
OK, now getting the image to GG is a little bit different in that Fred Miranda and the Place de la Uno Model (let's see if THAT gets censored!) host the images on their servers, while here, the only hosting normally done is in your portfolio.
Instead, though, you can link to an image that's available off the GG servers.. on your web page, on someone else's hosting server, etc.
For example, my ISP gives me 10 megs of web space. I don't use it for web pages, so I use it as a photo repository, uploading the images I want to share either on local web forums, or on GG. Then, I merely link to the image on the Charter server, and when someone looks at my message on GG, it redirects their server to go to the Charter server and grab the image. For example, my little biz card
doesn't reside on GG but on my Charter.net server. (Right-click on the image and look at the properties, and you'll see what I enter as a link).
If you have some place you can host images, then you're set.
That help, any?