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Posting Photo Albums on Facebook

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Facebook is a wonderful place to share your travel photos, and you can do it while you’re trekking if you have access to a computer and the Internet.

Most smartphones let you add photos to Facebook automatically, without the steps involved here. The process is pretty simple: you select a photo in your camera’s photo gallery, choose an option menu (often by pressing the image or choosing options), and then select Share. You are typically given the options of emailing the image, sending it via an MMS text, or uploading to Facebook. You will be able to add a caption, and you're done.

  1. Before uploading, you’ll want to select some photos you want to post to Facebook, either one at a time or in an album, and copy them in a folder on your hard drive where you keep images prepared specifically for Facebook. You should use copies of original photos for this, because they are going to be reduced in size.

    Albums are nice for trip photos because they give folks a chance to see your full travel story in one spot. Try to keep your Facebook albums to no more than 25 photos. If you have more than 25 that you want to post, find a way to logically divide your photos, such as by different cities in a trip, and then make separate albums. Of course, you can simply upload one or two photos at a time, as well, instead of creating albums.

  2. In Photoshop Elements, or a similar image-editing application, reduce the photos in your Facebook photo folder to 96 dots per inch (dpi) screen resolution.

    These photo files aren’t going to be printed (if so, they should be 300 dpi), so if you can change them to 96 dpi, uploading them to the web will be faster because the files will be smaller. Note: Keep a backup of your original image files. When resizing images for Facebook, use a copy of the original image file. Name them something else, such as adding web in the JPEG filename to remember it’s a web-resolution image.

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    If you don’t have your laptop with you, you can take your memory card or hard drive to an Internet café, use the computer in the hotel, or use wherever you can find a handy PC and a web connection. You can then upload photos directly from your drive without editing — it just might take a little longer if the files are larger!

  3. Click the Add Photo/Video link at the top of your Facebook News Feed and then click Create Photo Album, if you’re creating an album. If you’re just uploading one or two photos, simply select “upload photo / video.”

    Click Upload Photo/Video if you don’t want to create an album and then browse for the photo on your computer.

    A dialog box opens, allowing you to use Windows Explorer to locate the images you want to upload.

  4. Ctrl-click to select individual photos or Shift-click to select groups of photos, and then press Enter (or click Open).

    Your photos upload into the album.

  5. Name and customize your album by clicking Untitled Album or Say Something About This Album to enter text.

    You can also add where the pictures were taken, the date, and something specific about each photo. At the bottom of the screen, you can upload a higher quality photo or add more photos (after the upload is complete).

  6. (Optional) Tag (or identify people) photos after they’re uploaded. You can also add a location, based on the GPS information on your phone or by manually adding your location.

  7. Click the Post Photos button.

  8. Your album goes live on Facebook, and now all you have to do is sit and wait for all the likes and oohs and aahs to appear!


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