Originally Posted by winds-of-change
I got a new camera and I am dying to post some great pictures. I have been using photobucket but I'm not happy with it. I am trying Picasa. I have a whole series of related pictures in different folders. I put them all in one folder but when I delete the multiple single folders, the pictures disappear from the folder I want to keep.
Also, I can't figure out how to take the pictures from Picasa and post them here on FTF. I can't find any way to link them.
Do any of you feel brave enough to help me with this online?
I will talk about 2 separate but somewhat integrated programs, Picasa which is a free downloadable local application (run on your computer) from google, the other app is "Picasa web albums" which is Google's online storage and picture sharing site. You can use Picasa to manage all your pictures on your computer and Picasa web album to share them with anyone or with only those you choose.
If you use Picasa to manage your pictures on your computer you should never delete pics outside of Picasa it just keeps things simpler to always use Picasa, also I find that it's easiest to put all my pictures into a single folder on my computer and use Picasa to manage all my photos using tags and albums. I won't go to in depth about Picasa because it can do a lot and exploring and playing is the best way to learn some of it's functionality.
Within Picasa you can upload the pictures you choose to Picasa web albums. http://support.google.com/picasa/answer/39500?hl=en
I would recommend you set the image size to 800 or 1200 but NOT original size because today's cameras may have a size like 4000 and you will eat a lot of space but if you want the largest quality picture stored online then choose the original setting, you can print an 8X10 from a 1200 size pic without a problem.
Also don't forget to set your "Album visibility" option, you can make this private so that you need to give that specific person access (they need a gmail or google+ account) or you can set it to "Limited, Anyone with a link" this is the setting I use most often. It means that you can post a link on FTF and anyone can click it and see the pic but it's a randomized link so they will only see the pic(s) that you link to. The third option will give a static generic link that is easy to decode and also makes your photos searchable through picasa online for others.
This is a screenshot from inside picasa web albums of one of my albums. On the right hand side about half way down you see a blue link that says "Link to this album". If I click that link I will be able to copy and paste a URL that I can post on this page and anyone can see the entire album. Here is that link https://picasaweb.google.com/114698111119590854532/Temp?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCO24yMjZq9WEFw&feat= directlink
If I wanted to only link a single picture, I can click on a picture within my album and then on the right hand side of the screen there would be a link to display the unique link for that individual picture.
Picasa is very good but can be a bit confusing to use. If you let me know specifically how you want to use it and what you want to do I can probably offer some more help just let me know.