I wanted to make a note for people posting pictures. I found that posting very large photos can really slow down one's computer, so avoid posting the originals taken off the camera. Instead, try to post smaller versions of the photo onto the forums, and if you wish to share the original sizes, you can provide that as a link that people can go to.
So how exactly can one post a reduced size image?
Well, lots of photo managing softwares can do so. I run a mac and use iPhoto and Aperture, so right off the bat, I know those can do the task really well.
In iPhoto, just simply go to File>Export and set the Size to medium.
In Aperture, go to File>Export>Versions and use the 640 presets.
Also, some photo hosting sites can do this for you. As a Flickr user, I have the option to right away share the photo as a thumbnail, small, medium, large, or original version. By using the Medium size, it loads a lot faster.
Photoshop is also a wonderful tool for this, but of you've got tons of photos to share, can be a time consuming task, but for those with the time to do it, here are the steps in resizing:
1. Open photo in Photoshop.
2. Go to Image>Image Size
3. Set to constrain proportions and then change the width to a smaller size. I like to use 640 or 800.
4. Save, then upload the photo
5. Share it like any other photo
Vinylnation's forums does a wonderful job of resizing large photos to a smaller size, but this still requires that the original size be loaded and if its large, it will take up time depending on one's computer and internet speed, so if possible, please resize. Thanks