First go to PhotoBucket.com and create an account. They will email you a confirmation link. Visit that link to activate your account.
You will need to scan prints or load your digital images to your computer. They should be resized using the PhotoBucket resize option or your photo editing software to about 700 pixels wide or less and saved as jpg files. Photos more that 700 pixels will cause the text to stretch out, requiring people to scroll across the page to read the post. When you save as a jpg file you usually have the option to save at different quality levels. Avoid using high quality level as the file size increases greatly and it adds little to a picture this size.
Here is a useful item for preparing pictures for display on the forum:
Go here and download and install the free image resizer Powertoy for XP (only).
After it is installed you can right click on any image file in Windows Explorer (or My Computer) and it will have a "Resize image" item on the menu. You can resize 1 or as many as you wish in one go. It generates perfect size photos for posting here using the "Small" selection. It doesn't touch the original but makes a new copy in the same folder using the same name with "small" or "medium" etc appended to it. You can even resize photos when you are adding them to e-mails as attachments if you forgot to do it earlier.
Another method of resizing your photos:
You can use Microsoft Paint, which is on all Windows computers, to resize the image. In the menus, IMAGE | ATTRIBUTES will tell you the present size of the image in pixels. But don't change the size there. Use IMAGE | STRETCH/SKEW and enter a percentage that will reduce it to 700 pixels wide or less. This will allow it to fit on almost all computer screens.
When you have your images ready, log on to your PhotoBucket account. There you will see a page with a box in the middle that is labeled "Add Picture" with a button beside it labeled "Browse". The Browse button allows you to look on your computer for the image you wish to upload to photobucket. When you find it select it with the mouse and click the "Open" button. Then, on the PhotoBucket page, check the "keep my picture names" box if you wish. Click the "Submit" button. This will upload your picture to your image gallery on PhotoBucket.
The picture will appear as a thumbnail and below the thumbnail is a link to the picture. Click in the link to place the cursor there and press CTRL and "A" at the same time to highlight the link. Then right click with the mouse and select "copy".
Now you can create a new post in this forum and insert the link by right clicking and selecting "Paste".
There are four links or addresses below each picture on PhotoBucket. The URL can be copied and pasted into a post but it will need to be clicked to allow a new browser window to open and show the picture. The picture will appear in the post if the IMG is copied and pasted into the post and the reader will not need to click and wait.
That's it. If you wish to create a link to the entire gallery then copy the link to PhotoBucket (your gallery) in the web browser address bar and paste it into the posting.
How to post links to images “manually”:
The BBS uses a modification of HTML called UBB code, or in this case Vb code. The [img] tag is used for images and looks like this:
In this example you of course replace the URL with the one that points to where your image is stored. Also, in this example the [noparse] directive (the brackets in red) is used to prevent the interpretation of the [img] tag, which would not allow the example to be seen. Do not use these inner brackets in your link. The form should be; photo link
It is important that the entire command string have no spaces.
Use this thread to post any "tests" that may be required to perfect the process.