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    Wed May 18, 2005 3:50 pm Groupie
    This thread will hopefully clarify and explain new or even old ways of accomplishing a task.

    If you have any questions on the topics posted here, please open a new thread and ask them. It will be easier that way to keep this thread informational and only as long as necessary, especially to relay new information.

    Last edited by Derf on Sat Jul 23, 2005 6:33 pm, edited 2 times in total
    Wed May 18, 2005 3:58 pm Groupie
    This information results from the Discussion thread.

    Posting Photos to Private recipes and transfer of private photo to public.

    quote " Kathy at Recipezaar
    16 May 2005 14:58Recipezaar Staff
    I checked to see if deleting photos from PRIVATE recipes could be an option for members. Yes, this is something that Gay and Troy would like to add. " unquote

    Thanks Kathy, That would be great.
    We would need clarification on the process, how , what, etc. At this point no one seems to know exactly how to use it, other than to post the photos there as we would to a public recipe.

    At this time it works like this:

    Quote from Kathy ~~ "You can submit a photo for a private recipe just as you would for a public recipe. When a private recipe is made public all the photos transfer to the public recipe." unquote

    Sometime in the future ,we should be able to delete any photos from the private storage that we do not want to go public with the recipe.
    For the time being I would suggest you only post private what you wish to go public.

    Last edited by Derf on Fri May 20, 2005 12:30 pm, edited 1 time in total
    Wed May 18, 2005 4:13 pm Groupie
    This info also results from the Discussion thread, and Customer Support.

    Notice of photo posted to a recipe, just like when you are notified that a review has been submitted to your recipe.

    Kathy says "It is on the to do list"

    HOOOORAAY icon_cool.gif
    Fri May 20, 2005 12:49 pm Groupie
    A nice bit of info from Carla:

    Posting a photo to your Cookbook Description

    What Carla normally does is:
    first load the pictures I wish to use to a Photo Hosting Site like Photobucket - they provide free image hosting for Ebay, message boards, and online photo albums etc., etc.
    It's very easy to do and there are also tutorials to help you along. Once your photos are uploaded to the site there are then 3 ways in which you can link your photographs - url, tag and image

    Cookbooks use the tag link.

    When you go into "My Cookbooks" there is an option for you to "edit" the description - copy the "tag" link from your uploaded photobucket picture and paste it into your cookbook description - save the changes and voilá

    You can also use the image link to post pictures of your recipes here in the threads.
    Marg (CaymanDesigns)
    Thu May 26, 2005 1:45 pm Groupie
    Derf wrote:
    This info also results from the Discussion thread, and Customer Support.

    Notice of photo posted to a recipe, just like when you are notified that a review has been submitted to your recipe.

    Kathy says "It is on the to do list"

    HOOOORAAY icon_cool.gif

    This feature is now active!! I received 3 emails this morning telling me that photos had been added to my recipes!! Hurray!! icon_biggrin.gif

    Mon May 30, 2005 7:29 pm Groupie


    Chuck in Killbuck |15 Mar 2005 16:58
    Recipezaar Groupie

    How to post your picture, or an icon, in your About Me page.

    For members who have a Premium Membership you are allowed 1Meg (1 million bytes) of free graphic space on Zaar. This is plenty for your About Me picture and several icons if you want to switch around alot. Here are some easy steps to do this. To place an icon you will need a Premium Memebship. To place a picture without a Premium Membership you will need to have your picture on a website to link to. (See Section Below)

    1. Make sure your picture is in a .jpg format.
    2. Go to the Zaar home page and click on My Stuff.
    3. On the right under My Public Information click on
    the link that says My Photo or Add or Edit your
    4. Now you have to sign in again.
    5. Completing that will bring you into a page showing all the options.
    4. Find the link where it says Upload a Picture and click on it.
    5. Click on Browse in the box that comes up.
    6. Browse through your pc to locate your picture.
    7. Double click on the picture and it will go into the the box.
    8. Click on Upload Picture and wait till it's done.
    8. A box will pop up that says Your Picture is available, click Close.
    9. IF you don't see your new picture in the boxes click on Refresh, or hit the F5 key, and it should come up then.
    10. Under the picture you will see Set as: My Icon | My Picture | Delete | See Link.
    11. Click on My Picture if you want this to be your Main picture.
    11a. Click on My Icon if you want this picture as your Icon.
    12. After this is done go down and click on Save Changes.
    13. You are now done. Just go to what ever forum you want.
    14. If your Icon doesn't show up right away in the thread when you do this just go up and click on Refresh, or hit the F5 again. This is just to reset your browser. If you have to, do it again.

    TIP: To find some real cool Icons do a Google search for whatever it is you are looking for. When Google comes up go up to the top and Click on Images. This will bring up new pages with pictures of your search. To copy any of them just Right click and click on
    Save Picture As and save it to your special folder on your pc.


    How to post a picture to a recipe.

    1. Click on the recipe you wish to post a picture to.
    2. In the upper right corner it will state: No photo posted yet. With a link saying Post a photo of this recipe.
    3. Click on the link.
    4. The entire instructions are on the page that will open.
    5. Note that this picture can be uploaded from your own pc.
    6. Click on Browse and search your pc to find the picture.
    7. Double click the picture(s) and it will be placed in the box on Zaar.
    8. Click on Upload Picture.
    9. That will complete the process.

    If the recipe has a photo you can add your photo as well. At this time I believe the last picture becomes the default picture. In step 2 above you will see the picture and under it a link stating "Add your photo". Click on the link and
    follow steps 4-9.


    How to post pictures in forum threads.

    To post pictures into a forum you must upload it
    to a website that allows linking to it. Either by getting a free hosting site or a paying account with one. Free sites are great but they only allow you to upload a certain number of pictures and only allow you a certain amount of bandwidth per day. Consider bandwidth as viewing. The more your picture is viewed the more bandwidth you use. When your bandwidth is used up your picture turns into the little box with a Red X in it until the next day when you start over again fresh. If you do a lot of picture posting
    you can always use more than just one free site tho. (I use three). You have to register in all of them but that's no problem. Just remember to keep track of your user name and password.

    Below I've put some links to some of the free sites I
    have found ranked among the top. You can check them out to see which one, or more, suits your needs. Each one has a different limit as to the amount of pics, bandwidth, size, etc in its free section.
    You'll want to look closely at the FAQ's where they have it to get an idea as to how the site operates. I also advise you to have a graphics editor program, or use MSPaint, in order to resize your picture if need be. Each site has a limit as to the bytes you can d/l per picture. This must be done before you can Upload. Several will do this automatically for you.

    Once you have choosen your website to use, the rest is
    pretty easy to do to post your pic to a Zaar thread.

    If you are on a website and like a picture or a graphics just Right click on it and click on Save Picture As and d/l it to a special place on your pc. If you already have a picture on your pc your all set as well.

    Most of the sites above work the same way. You log in and go to your photos or album and then:

    1. Locate the link to Upload A Picture and click on it.
    2. Click on Browse and locate the picture on your pc.
    3. Double click on it and then click Upload.
    4. Each site will vary a bit but you want to find the picture you uploaded and find it's URL. Some may have more than one type.
    If so look for the one that says to use with forums, boards, ebay, etc.
    If they show [ ], { }, or whatever, choose the one with the [ ] brackets.
    Some will have a link to Copy URL with the picture, if so click on that.
    That copies it to your clipboard to use on Zaar. Others you may have to Highlight and Copy the URL under the picture, once again saving it to your clipboard.
    5. Once you have the URL copied go the Zaar thread you want to insert the picture at.
    6. Click on Reply or Quote, whichever is appropriate, and at the top of the message box Click on Image. This will put [img] in the message box.
    7. Now Click just after [img] and paste in your URL. Be sure there is no space.
    8. Now Click the Image button again. This will put [/img] after your URL. Again make sure you have no spaces from start to finish. A space will break the link and it won't work.
    9. You can now type anything you wish on a new line down.
    10. Click on Post to send it, or Click on Preview to see how your picture will look on the thread. After a Preview, Click on Post.
    11. You are now done and can go back to the thread.

    TIP: When you are in Zaar and wish to post a picture you have on a website, it's easier to do if you have TWO windows open. While you are in Zaar hit
    Control+N, or click on File/New/Window and open one. Use that window to go to the website with your picture. This way you are able to work between the
    two sites by clicking in the task bar at the bottom to switch back and forth. It's far more easier to keep track of what you are doing and a lot faster.


    To post a Recipe link:

    There are several ways to do this but I'll just throw in the way I do it here.
    It's quick and painless. I'll give you an example here.

    Open up the recipe you wish to link to and copy the Name and complete description if the recipe number is at the end. Grrrr.
    (The ones in your My Reviews show the # at the end of the recipe name which makes it easier.) So for a new recipe Highlight the Name and all at the top such as this and Right click and Copy:

    Danish Cherry Sauce by DiB's
    When Cherry Season hits, this one is worth preserving. Great for cheesecakes or ice cream topping. #113233

    Now Paste this into the thread and left click behind DiB's and put in a space then delete everything up to the # sign. Now type Recipe in front of the # sign.

    It will look like this.

    Danish Cherry Sauce by DiB's recipe #113233

    Remember to have a space between the Name and the word Recipe and a space between Recipe and the # sign. Without these spaces it won't work.

    There are other ways but that's just a fast easy way.
    I'll edit this and show another way later.


    If this has been of any help I hope to see your pictures soon.
    Marg (CaymanDesigns)
    Wed Jul 06, 2005 1:36 pm Groupie
    In an attempt to get rid of some of the Stickies...

    Here is the May Photo Editting Thread and here is the June Photo Editting Thread.

    Sat Jul 09, 2005 12:12 pm Groupie
    Here is a really good piece to read from Peacefulnightdove,
    very helpful icon_exclaim.gif
    Fri Aug 12, 2005 12:10 pm Groupie
    Good information from CountryLady - Thanks icon_biggrin.gif

    Over the past year or so, many chefs have come into this forum looking for advice about buying their first digital camera. I recently "discovered" these 2 websites which have a wealth of information & decided to share C.L.
    For the beginner looking for that first camera or an experienced photographer looking to upgrade!
    Digital camera advantages - the straight goods
    All about digital cameras - bare bones on the tech stuff
    Digital camera feature - breakdown of the bells & whistles
    Digital camera technology - updates
    Great info for the novice and the pro!
    Learn - everything from how to take a photo to how to frame them
    Gallery - upload fotos for critiquing

    And from Flower7

    I would like to add to that list; I found it very helpful when I was looking for a camera.
    Mon Aug 22, 2005 7:14 pm Groupie


    Answering a question about what camera Thorsten and I are using and how Thorsten does all his wonderful pictures... HERE IS THE ANSWER!!!!

    It is a OLYMPUS Camedia C-370 Zoom, 3.2 megapixel.

    The "studio" is a litte cupboard, with the window just to the left. Thorsten bought a lot of different colored thin cardboards and three semi-transparent papers for effects. Please look out for the high-tec reflexion cardboard with taped on aluminium foil (crumpled for better diffusion) and the 20-something year old tripod made for a much larger SLR camera (Thorsten had a previous "career" as a landscape photographer when about 17 years old icon_smile.gif ). The tripod is too much work for me, but you almost never get a blurry picture this way.

    Scroll further down to have "revealed" how some of the pictures were taken. icon_smile.gif


    Now everybody knows how my pictures are taken. And yes, if one pic might looks good it was sheer luck

    What Inge didn't tell you, I still love my SLR. It is a PENTAX MX with only two lenses (50mm, 150mm), no zoom, all mechanical. Most of the time I do not even use the light meter. I would never give my MX away.

    Inge 1505 wrote:
    peacefulnightdove wrote:
    *Does the colored paper enhance color then?? Use green when photograghing broccoli for instance??
    **What do you use the see thru paper/tissue paper for??

    Here is a picture taken from the right side of the cupboard against the light (window), diffusing the light by propping up a semitransparent paper against a candlestick, an empty wine bottle and a wicker basket:

    Same setup, only this time I was at hand to hold up the paper seamingly eternally before I got some of the champagne with plum-blueberry spritzer. icon_biggrin.gif

    The next pictures are taken from in front of the cupboard against the wall, propping the cardboard some way up the wall to avoid a visible edge between cupboard top and wall.
    Window to the left, light reflected by holding up the reflexion cardboard to the right of picture (here the tripod comes in really handy, or have a nice second person hold the cardboard up icon_smile.gif ).

    Here for the effects of different colored cardboards:
    Dark lilac, reflecting the lilac in the flowers on the china cup and plate:

    Here covering the same lilac cardboard with a semi-transparent patterned paper:

    Here with a more subdued cocoa colored cardboard, going with the colors of the cinnamon rolls:

    Here to the broccoli question: I like the tone in tone color scheme in this picture, it makes those miniature muffins stand out nicely.

    I liked the idea of suggesting the french flag (vertical blue, white, red) for french bread, too.

    Just have some strong and some more subdued colors, keep in mind the colors of your china and what might go well with it or with the colors of the dish. Try out contrast or tone in tone or whatever you like best. icon_smile.gif


    APPRECIATED BY ALL icon_exclaim.gif icon_biggrin.gif
    Wed Sep 07, 2005 6:37 pm Groupie
    Interesting infomation for reading from digifoo ~~~
    Sat Nov 05, 2005 5:39 am Groupie
    Here is some info about how to play with the 'Depth of Field' in our images. Create a blurred background but keeping the food (or some of it) in focus.

    Thorsten's Tip:

    There are two ways to do it. The easiest way is to use manual focus, if you camera has this option. Use the aperture automatic/feature and use a low number (e.g. 2.icon_cool.gif or as low as possible. A low number means a low depth of focus. Now focus on the foreground and the background will fade out more and more.

    If you have a manual focus feature but no aperture automatic (often abbreviated as AE) use your macro feature. As close you get to an object as more the background will fade out.

    If you have no manual focus feature, you can try it also with automatic focus in combination with the macro feature. You have to do it by try and error icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif , but after a few tries you will know how to do it.

    Use your macro feature and now it comes to some play around action. Move your camera or the object slightly forward or backward and take every time a pic. You can try this with any object (you don't need to do it with your dish, first). Control each pic directly with your camera. Switch to the "play" feature of your camera, so that you can take a look at the pics. After a few tries, you will do it more or less automatically.

    Here is a pic, which I have made exactly the way I described last. Auto focus and macro option. You can see that only the foreground is in focus. Evertyhing else fade out...

    Sylvie's Tip:

    One of the easiest ways is to increase the aperture on your camera, which will lead to a smaller depth of field, but without seeing your camera I can't tell you how to do it, apart from maybe stopping down the ISO a little, if it will let you, but that might also result in blurred pictures if it is too low.

    Well, anyways, sorry I'm not very good at explaining technical things in writing and I have tried to illustrate one more easy way that might should allow you to achieve the effect you want.

    First of all you need to be fairly close to the dish, this doesn't work with shots that take in surroundings.

    Point your focusing field (square or circle in the middle of screen/viewfinder) at the area you want to be in focus and press down your button half-way to allow your camera to focus on that area.

    In this example, that would mean I'd have some of the worktop area (I tried to show this by including the hashed area) in the shot. Of course that's not what I want, so keeping your button pressed half-way, move your camera to the top right. Be careful not to change the distance between you and the food though, just the height of your arm that holds the camera. This will now get the rest of the plate into the frame.

    But because you have kept your finger on the button the whole time, your camera should still focus on the point you initially chose. It looks like the focus is in the middle (black square) of your viewfinder, but it should really still be where you initially placed it (red square)

    Mon Dec 05, 2005 9:30 pm Groupie

    quote="Kathy at Recipezaar"]Just passing along some miscellaneous titbits on how photos are chosen for the home page articles:

    we won't pick a photo that has the time/date stamp

    fancy frames usually get nixed

    the default photo usually gets featured

    close-up photos usually look better

    standard proportion photo sizes (such as 600 x 450) are easier to use when we showcase photo cubes (9 photos)[/quote]
    Sun Jan 29, 2006 3:17 pm Groupie
    from Marg of Cayman Designs ~~~ great information, thanks icon_exclaim.gif

    I'm working on a major overhaul of my website and needed to figure out how to do some things with PSP. This site has some excellent tutorials on it!

    Sun Feb 26, 2006 10:18 am Groupie
    After reading the threads about pictures and icons, can a non-premium member post pictures or an icon on their homepage or anywhere else?
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