How to put photos on your hub with iPhoto on your mac.
Uploading photos to your hub is a snap using iPhoto!
Be sure that you have some interesting photos that are relevant to the subject of your post. For this post, I decided to use some of my favorite photos from the last couple of years. Generally the size of the photos will be much too big when you initially download them from your camera to your computer. It's important to get the file size down with out destroying the quality of your picture. How to do that is what this article is primarily about; though I'll also throw in some tips about what makes for an good photo.
So to begin with you'll want to get some photos from your camera to the computer. iPhoto recognizes most cameras that connect with a USB cable. Just start iPhoto, and once it is up and running, insert the USB cable into the USB port, and turn the camera on. In a moment, the photos on your camera will be visible in iPhoto.
Make a new album (under the file drop down) in iPhoto to store the photos in, and upload them from the camera to the album. That's easy to do, just select the photo you want with the mouse, and then drag it over to the album that you want to put it into. Once the photo (or photos if you selected more than one) are in the album you can delete the originals. I think that's a good thing to do; it keeps your camera from getting cluttered. Before going any further, it makes sense to re-title your photo or photos so that they are easy to recognize in the hard drive. Just click on the photo that you want to re-title, and call it something that makes sense to you, by clicking on the file (a series of letters and numbers that ends with .JPG) under the photo. Then re-title it, leaving the .JPG extension in place. So, a photo of butterfly might be retitled from DSCF0054.JPG to Butterfly.JPG. You can see a video describing this process here.
Now that I have a well titled photo in iPhoto; what next?!
The file size of the photos that I'm uploading to hubpages are in the range of 20 to 30 KB; and the file size of the pictures I take is about 2 or 3 MB. The raw files are really time consuming to upload to hubpages. It's easy to reduce their size, though. I've made a video showing how to do this, and I've also outlined the steps both in the video and on this hub: the first thing to do is to select the photos that you want from the iPhoto album that they are stored in. Then command-shift-E (that's pressing all those three keys at the same time) and this will cause the upload window in iPhoto to come up. You want to select JPEG in the dropdown next to Kind. Then from the JPEG Quality drop down select Low (smallest size). Leave the title and keywords box unchecked. In the Size drop down, choose Medium. Then in the File Name drop down I recommend "Use Title". Again, It makes a lot more sense to re-title your photos before they get to your hard drive then after they do. Just leave the area "prefix for sequential" blank.
Click on Export. Make sure that your photos are going into a file that you can easily find later on. Now Click on OK. The photo(s) will be exported to the area of your hard drive you have requested.
Now that the photos are on my hard drive, how do I get them into hubpages?
This part is also easy. Just open a photo capsule in hubpages and next to "Add photos from:" select "My Computer". Once you do that hubpages tells you what sorts of photos files you can upload; and there is a blank area next to the button that says "Brows . . .". Click in that blank area, and you will be directed to a display of your computer's finder. From there, navigate to the file folder that you have stored the photos in on your hard drive. You open them here one at a time, and at this size, you can upload about 150 - 200 of them. Most hubs really only need five photos. That way there will be a slideshow option when people see them in the hubpages galleries. So upload five photos to your hub; or however many you want, and that's it!
What makes a good photograph?
I like taking pictures a lot, and though I am an amateur, there are some tips I can pass along.
Look for an unusual angle. One of my favorite photos is of the dragon, shot from below; he appears to dominate the house and tree in the background. It is an exciting effect.
Find unusual subjects, and get them squared up in the middle of the frame. A good example of this is the art car you see pictured to the right. The subject can make the photo if it is interesting enough.
Make sure there is good light. Avoid having light sources from behind your subjects, or shooting in low light conditions. Sometimes these may have great results, though, and so if you do shoot in these conditions examine your photos as you take them. The picture to the right of the plastic goat is a good example of back lighting that worked (at least in my opinion!) Ah! The wonders of digital photography!!
Reds pop out at you. As will a bright color against a dull background. Or a darker color against a lighter background. All bright colors draw attention to themselves, and red is the most potent at it. Next time you go shopping, look at all the red that is used in the packaging there!
Take lots of pictures. The more pictures you take, the better you'll get. Also, you get some ones you really like by chance. Just pay attention to what you are doing, so that you can duplicate it later.
I hope that you have enjoyed this hub, and will keep on taking pictures and adding them to your hubs too!