Monday, November 28, 2011

how to fill your blog with big beautiful photos

Over the past couple years of blogging I've learned alot. One thing in particular is that big, bright, beautiful photos make a blog more appealing. Think about your favorite blogs for a minute. I'm going to guess that the photos on those blogs fill the entire width of the blog, like so:

Trip to DC 2010 096_MG_0012

But, if you use blogger like me, you know that when you upload your photos, the "large size" is actually quite small. And it certainly doesn't fill the entire width of your blog or mine.

So, you may be wondering, how do I make my photos bigger? (at least without paying someone else to do it). I am going to share with you my secret. I know there are other ways of doing it, but this is the way that I started using and I prefer it.

First, you'll need an account with a photo sharing site. If you don't have a flickr account, I recommend it. My mom and I share an account and we upload all of our photos to it so she can keep up with baby photos. It does cost for an unlimited account, but it's worth it. Your other option would be to have an account with photobucket.

Next, upload the photos to the photo sharing site that you want to use on your blog.

Then, copy the html code for the photo from the site. For example, in flickr, you would select the photo you want to use, click the "share" button above it, click "grab the html/bbcode", make sure "HTML" is selected. Below the code, you have options for what size you would like the photo to be. The size you choose depends on the width of your blog. (I always use "Medium" which is 640x427 for horizontal photos and 427x640 for vertical photos.)

Then copy the code and past it to your blog post under the "edit html" tab.

Once the photo is pasted, you can adjust the size if you want to. A vertical photo at 427x640 doesn't fill the width of my blog. So, if I choose adjust the size, I do so inside the html code. I generally change it to width=640, height=1000.

When this is done, you have the final product:


See, it's actually much easier than you once thought, right?

Let me know if you try this out on your blog. Leave links in the comments. I would love to see!

Any questions? Please leave those as well.

note: I am not paid to promote flickr or photobucket. They are both sites I personally use.


  1. Aww how cute is the munchkin in that hat!! :)

  2. i am going to set this post as a favorite and try this later! thanks for the tip.

  3. I totally agree about the big, vibrant photos. It always keeps me coming back :) Good stuff here, girlie!