Troy T. Moore wrote:OK, this will sound very basic to some of you.... I have no idea how to put pics on line or to make an avatar for my posts here. My wife bought a digital camera (Sony Cybershot 5.1) so I am ready to enter the 21st century. Any pointers will be greatly appreciated. I signed up for a BS account and will try to put some stuff up later today, progress on my current castle and possibly a windmill (post mill) I made after seeing Anthony's. My current castle project is a bit of a mess, but it will be several weeks before I will be done (BL order been in the mail over a week from the US, abnormal) *sigh* Anyways, I'm eager to share because I have been inspired by so much I have seen here. Thank you.
Brickshelf is fairly easy - just make sure your file names meet their conventions (no spaces or funky characters, I believe). 'Shelf allows you to browse your computer, select the file name, and it uploads automatically. Setting up folders for your brickshelf account is also easily - you just want to do it before you upload your pics, because you really can't move pics from folder to folder without deleting and re-uploading.
What you really need is a photo-editor/digital darkroom. Photoshop is the most widely used. I actually use Photoshop Elements rather than the full program - it was cheaper and had all the features I needed.
Trying to learn all the features of Photoshop all at once can be a bit intimidating, but the parts you really need to know to get going aren't that many. I won't list them here because others may suggest other programs and you may make a different choice - it depends on how demanding a photographer you are. Some things that will be universal: you will probably not want to upload the full five megapixel version of the picture. It will be huge, take a long time to download for viewers and upload for you, and not display fully on anyone's monitor without slider bars for scrolling. 800x600 is probably fine. I usually just use 400x300 to meet C-C standards for displaying an actual pic without a link (the full four megapixels of my camera only come into play when I do my usual 8.5x11 full-bleed six-color printouts, though it means I have a lot of discretion in cropping and still can maintain clarity).
Once you actually start doing this, just post specific questions and someone will not doubt give you a hand. Good luck and let's see some pics!