A few tips for using our photo galleries

6/28/2013 | 0

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Editor Chuck Hagner and I are thrilled to see how many pictures you’ve submitted to the photo galleries over the past few weeks. Now that we’ve had time to get used to how our new site works, we want to pass along a couple of tips.

You can search by username

To see all of the images that a particular photographer has posted to our galleries, simply click on his or her username below an image. For example, the red circle above highlights miam, the username for our frequent contributor Mia McPherson. If you were looking at her shot of a flying Prairie Falcon and wanted to see more of her images, simply click miam.

This function is especially helpful if you want to upload more photos to our galleries but can’t recall which shots you’ve already posted.

Type the common name in the title field

When uploading photos, please write only the common name of the bird in the title field. Or, if you’re posting to People and Places, the name of the person or place will do. Nothing more.

Say where and when in the description box

And in the description box, please tell us where and when you shot the photo. This is especially important in the Rarities gallery, since where and when you saw the bird are what make your sighting rare. Including the location is helpful in our other galleries as well.

Remember: People located all around the world will view your photo. They won’t know where “in my yard” or “near by home” is (and we won’t either). Please spell out the city, state, province, region, or county where you took your picture. This information is especially useful for us birders who want to know where and when to find certain species.

Please note: We cannot accommodate files larger than five megabytes, so if your original photos are larger than that, save them at a smaller size before uploading.

Thanks again for submitting your photos! They’re fantastic! Please keep ’em coming! — Matt Mendenhall, Managing Editor

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