Posting photos in photo forum threads

Many new photography forum participants don’t know how to post, or embed, an image within a forum message. The process is quite simple and the method is similar for most forums. The image must first be uploaded to a server such as at an online photo hosting site.

To post an image, use its full URL

Copy URL

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Go to the image at a hosting service, right click it and open the Properties menus.

Next, highlight the full address (URL), copy the URL and then paste it into the subject area in a forum post. For the image to appear, you MUST include the .jpg extension.

Generally, you should get the URL from the image itself, not the address bar of a browser.

For example, below is the full URL to a thumbnail photo in the Digicamhelp Photo Galleries. One space has been added after the http: so you can see the how the text is supposed to appear (you wouldn’t normally add a space).

http: //

Graceful gooseWhen the correct URL is posted in a thread, the image will appear.

This method is the most commonly used in photography forums, but not all forums use it. Some require code placed around the URL for the image such as: [img] URL [/image]

Note all forums require adding urls. Some let you upload them directly from your computer.

Related reading: Popular photo hosting sites

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27 Responses

  1. Gail Bjork says:

    One of the top photography forum communities can be found at dpreview. Check it out; you won’t be disappointed.

  2. Wonderful website you have here but I was
    wondering if you knew of any user discussion forums
    that cover the same topics discussed in this article?
    I’d really like to be a part of community where I can get comments from other knowledgeable individuals that share the same interest. If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Thanks a lot!

  3. aaroncfj says:

    you are very welcome :)

  4. Gail Bjork says:

    aaroncfj, thanks very much for the suggestion. I’ve added a link to some of the popular photo hosting sites in this article. You can also find the list to these sites here.

  5. aaroncfj says:

    yes… could you include a link to a site that hosts images so we can get the URL?

  6. Gail Bjork says:

    Make sure you have a online account set-up. Some places, such as Facebook, require you to register yoru phone. After taking a photo with your device, send it as a picture message. I have a Picasa Web Album account. If I’m signed in with my device, I can upload a photo directly to a web album through the gallery app on my device.

    Some apps let you select where you want an image upload (eg. Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, Twitter, DropBox, etc.). You access the choices by clicking on the share button.

    Do an app search for “photo upload” and decide which ones best suit your needs.

  7. Unknown says:

    What if it is via Mobile? o.o

  8. Brenda Lee Ayala Parrilla says:

    Loving this website congratulations on building such a cool place! :)

  9. Gail Bjork says:

    Joy, glad you found the information helpful. Yes, some forums are complicated but we try to make things simple at our site. Thanks for your kind words.

  10. joy guinan says:

    Learned a lot. Great post. A lot of newbies would be able to learn from these. Some forums are so complicated.grrr

  11. Gail Bjork says:

    AliG, yes. Make sure you get the full URL to the location of the image. It must included the .jpg extent ion.

  12. AliG says:

    Hi, is it possible to use Facebook for this purpose too?

  13. aksoraji says:

    very very useful!

  14. Gail Bjork says:

    jacob, some forums let you upload images directly to their servers. If not, you’ll have to upload your photos somewhere and imbed them into a forum post. You can use one of the many free photo hosting services such as Picasa Web Albums or Flickr. Here is a listing of some of the popular photo hosting sites.

  15. jacob says:

    thanks but i want to put my own picture onto a forum not, for example, ones off google images.

  16. hi says:

    THAT WAS HELPFUL!!!!!!!!!!!! THANKS :D

  17. DiggerMan says:

    Thank you, this was <b>enlightening</b>! :)

  18. Remote spy says:

    Wow, that’s really useful information, thx for sharing. :)

  19. Gail Bjork says:

    I recommend you look for advertising space in forums that cater to webmasters.

  20. IrisBallweg says:


    I am new here and have a quick question:

    A good friend of my so son’s teacher recommended this forum to me to advertise my sought after xRumer services.

    Where would I post my ad without spamming this forum?



  21. Nonveshonee says:

    What’s up everyone, I’m new to the forum and just wanted to say hey. Hopefully I posted this in the right section!

  22. Rubby says:

    i’ve searched everywhere for instructions on how to do this…..THIS WAS PERFECT AND CLEAR! great JOB!!

  23. Gail Bjork says:

    Hi and Hey, too! Welcome. Hope you find the information at Digicamhelp helpful. If you have questions, please feel free to post them in our Q&A Forum!

  24. exhaccerada says:

    Hi everybody, I’m new here. Thanks for being a part of this community. Cheers.

  25. janiceenberg says:

    Hey All, it’s always nice to meet new people..Just wanted to introduce my self as new comer into the forum and for you all please feel free to ad me to your buddy list

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