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How to post a TR. aka Trip Report how to

post #1 of 17
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So you want to share your experiences on the hill with everyone else, where do you start, what do you do, how do you post? Lets demystify how someone like yourself should post a TR.

Well first you have to skiing(or biking or whatever you want to post but mostly skiing). When you go skiing everything else should be so automatic for your day that carrying a small Point and Shoot camera and shooting with it on the hill shouldn t be the end of the world.

So lets talk about cameras. You camera should be small enough to carry in a jacket pocket. Its should be easy to use. Its should be fast on the trigger and it should be able to take multiple shots in a short time period. Its actually funny for how much money some of the bears I have skied with have, how piss poor their cameras are. A couple hundred bucks is all you really need. I am big fan of canon point and shoots because of easy of use and picture quality.

Once you have your camera. practice shooting with it. Know everything about it you can know. See what the different modes do and how they effect the outcome. Practice using multishot and just holding the trigger down. Find out how much of a delay you can expect from when you hit the button and the camera starts taking the picture. Knowing this before you go out will make your day much smoother. If you dont know how to use your camera, a TR is going to be extremely hard to post.

So you have you camera, you know how to use it, its time to shoot some pictures right? well just hold up there. Think about what you want to shot and how you want to shot it. A little set up goes a long way. If you just shooting turns that easy enough. Get in front of the person have them ski as best they can while you let the camera fire away as fast as possiable.

Having the subject ski right at you is simple enough. closer is better is conveys more emotions, also it easier to get clear pictures from closer shots. If all goes well and you blessed with lots of snow it looks like this.




try to capture different spots different angles sometime a good setup will yield a sense of space where your skiing.



ok so your pictures are taken. Get them on your computer, clear out the card and get ready to edit.

I will not offer any advice on editing, I am not as good as I would like to be yet. all Ill say is this, sometime alittle editing can save pictures that would other wise look bad. also cropping is huge so that you can get closer in. I am by no means a 'photo' guy so dont critque me on that.

Next posting pictures. The easiest way on epic to post lots of pictures is a photo hosting site. Some do not work on epic or do not allow remote hosting picasa is one of them I know does not work. I use facebook, or photobucket myself because I do not need super high quality.

Once you get your photo uploaded online your now ready to start posting. this forum makes it really easy to use post pics. First you need the web URL of the picture. If your using firefox simply right clicking you mouse straight on the photo and selecting 'copy image location" will cache the URL. This icon is present while posting a 'new thread' or 'post reply". After you click that above mentioned icon. you will get a box thats says 'Please enter the URL of your image:'. click in that box then press crtl-v. This will copy the complete URL into the box when you click ok the picture will appear in the thread.

the HTML code looks like this minus the "*s"

[*img*]http://photos-a.ll.facebook.com/photos-ll-sf2p/v166/6/97/505253356/n505253356_259864_96.jpg[*/img*]

HTML and clicking the icon both work it. It doesnt matter which you choose.

I hope this helps and I will be posting updates and am really open to helping people do this just ask me via this thread or PM and Ill help you get you pictures up.

disclaimer - I am by no means a realphoto guy or a computer guy. so if you see soemthing up let me know.
post #2 of 17
Good guiding principles B-PA. Thx. Agree with your take on Canon point and shoots. My new generation Elpha slays it and is so small and compact.....really takes great pix and videos even. I plan to post a lot more pix this year. Sometimes I'm just lazy about uploading the pix from my camera...just one more thing to do.

Cheers
post #3 of 17
If you don't have a picture editor, the one that comes free with Picassa is ok and easy to use. Picassa can also resize pictures -- use "export" and check the resize option on the dialog.

Note that Josh's photos above are 604 by 453 pixels. That's a good size, plus or minus a little.

And a tip I should take more often myself -- post! A quick and dirty TR (which after all, you can add to later) is better than a perfect TR that you never finish.
post #4 of 17
Kudos to The BushWacker for this.

It could be the key to some great reports that we otherwise would not get.

Hope to post a Sugarloaf report soon......with your help!!

Awesome idea Josh.
post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by mdf View Post
And a tip I should take more often myself -- post! A quick and dirty TR (which after all, you can add to later) is better than a perfect TR that you never finish.
I like this aka the one pic TR. Sometime one great picture is all that is needed.
post #6 of 17
One thing not yet mentioned is resizing your pics. Some photo sites resize them for you, but if you resize them first, you can minimize your upload times. My current favorite tool is xnView which allows batch processing to resize your pics. My pics typically drop down below 100KB each after resizing them, so the uploads go very quickly. Also, resizing makes your posts more likeable. If you make your pics small enough to not be wider than normal browser size while still being big enough to see the details in the pic, people tend to appreciate that. A size I like is roughly 600 pixels wide.
post #7 of 17

tag teaming is ok too

It can be fun and easy to tag team with someone, one guy does photos, another does text; for example: http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=67362
post #8 of 17
This is a great thread here is a bump...
post #9 of 17
I use photobucket. How do I make my pics as big as yours? The photo resizing option on photobucket does nothing.



Yours:

Mine:
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
Its actually funny for how much money some of the bears I have skied with have, how piss poor their cameras are.
You won't hurt my feelings...name names! Except I don't have that much money, just a piss poor camera.

Actually, I got a new Sony for my birthday that is much better and will get a lot of use this year.
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by liv4ski View Post
I use photobucket. How do I make my pics as big as yours? The photo resizing option on photobucket does nothing.
Your pic is already bigger than his. Am I missing something? What are you trying to accomplish?
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by jaobrien6 View Post
Your pic is already bigger than his. Am I missing something? What are you trying to accomplish?
Not according to my computer.

Quote:
Originally Posted by liv4ski View Post
I use photobucket. How do I make my pics as big as yours? The photo resizing option on photobucket does nothing.



Yours:

Mine:
I use photobucket. I resize the photos there. I choose the "large" option.

If you don't resize them, epic resizes them (usually, some shots in the dog thread are big).

resized to 'large' on photobucket



not resized


but if you click on the one that isn't resized, you'll get a big one.


oopsy daisy, ^^^^ not 'skiing', or even 'boarding'.
post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by splitter View Post
Not according to my computer.
Seriously? How could that be? I show Josh's pic as 604x453 and the other one as 640x480.

On your two pictures, the first one is 640x480, the second one shows up as about 700x522 (i had to approximate by doing a print screen and cropping, because when I click on it it shows a 1024x768 pic). Your description makes it sound like the side-view pic shows up as small on your screen, but it doesn't do that on mine.

Is there some sort of VBulletin setting to resize pics that I'm not aware of?
post #14 of 17
Jaobrien6, I just discovered that it's the browser that is causing the problem. I just copied the url link for this thread into the new Google Chrome browser and the pics appear as you state. I had been using IE 6.0. What browser are you using?
post #15 of 17
Ah, ok, that makes sense. I'm using Firefox.

Ok, sorry to hijack the thread BWPA, this is a good thread.
post #16 of 17
I tried picasa...it 'kind of' works. I liked it at first, however, it doesn't seem to work right for hosting pics.

Photobucket is easier.
post #17 of 17
Yeah, the no hot-linking restriction for on-line Picassa albums makes that part kinda worthless. I like the local part of Picassa for organizing my pics on my computer and doing simple editing/fixing/resizing. (I have a real photo-edit program for fancy stuff, but it is a lot harder to use.)
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