Posting pictures on the forums is a lot easier than most people think. There are really only a couple things you need to know in order to get started.
1) Your pictures must be "hosted" somewhere on the internet.
It isn't good enough to simply have a scan of your photo(s) saved to your hard drive. You need to upload the pictures to a web server somewhere in order to get an address or URL for the picture. This is because when posting a picture on a given forum, you are actually only providing a "hyper-link" to the picture which is actually hosted on another web server somewhere on the internet.
1a) Getting hosted via your ISP. (recommended)
Most internet service providers offer free limited web server space to their customers. Contact your ISP to find out if you have such service provided. If your ISP does provide web server space for customers, then you will simply need to sign up for an account to upload your photos. (Follow the instructions that the ISP supplies.)
1b) Getting hosted via a pay provider.
Several companies supply web server space for online photo hosting. This allows you to have an online photo gallery which is also able to be hyper-linked to for posting the photos directly to a message forum. Such services include, but are not limited to, Photo Point and Picture Trail. (More sites can be found by doing a web search for "online photo albums".) Services such as these allow you to register for an account and upload your pictures to the internet. They also have tutorials to assist you in posting pictures from your account to online message forums.
1c) Getting hosted via a free provider.
The number of companies providing free online photo hosting that is "hyper-link" enabled is shrinking. However, there are still a few out there that provide decent service. Most automatically put an advertisement banner across the top or bottom of your photos. (But, what do you expect for a free service?) Fishing Pictures is a popular free online picture hosting services that allows hyper-linking to your photos. Also, Photobucket is another popular free photo hosting website.
So, you now have your photos hosted on the internet. Where do you go from there?
2) Know your photo posting code.
2a) Now, in order to find the address of your hosted photo(s), go to the website where your photo(s) are hosted and access your account. Then, "right-click" on the particular photo you are trying to post. A menu will open below your pointer and the word "properties" will be at the bottom of the list. Scroll down to properties and left-click. A box will open and one of the items listed will be the Address (URL): of the photo. Simply highlight that address by holding down your left mouse button and scrolling over the entire address. Then right-click over the highlighted address and select "copy" from the menu that appears.
Note: If no such box appears when you right-click on your photo, then you may not be on the "final" display page of the photo. Try left-clicking on the photo a time or two until left-clicking no longer opens a new page and then repeat the above right-click instructions.
2b) Once you have the address of your photo "copied", simply return to The Great Outdoors Forums and begin to make a post or reply as normal. Right above the text box you will see a button with "IMG" printed on it. Click on that button and a prompt will appear asking for the address of the image you wish to post. Simply "right-click" in that prompt and select "paste" from the menu. This should place the address of your photo in the prompt. Click "OK" and you are there!
It's just that simple. Happy pic posting!
Please practice your new found picture posting skill in this "test" forum to make sure you have all the bugs worked out. This will keep the other forums from becoming cluttered with test posts. Our staff is also here for you if you would need further assistance getting your images posted to the forums. Just ask your image posting and UBB code questions here.
Or you can upload from your computer onto this site. If you have any questions about that, contact Joe or pawclaws.