In blogging, every little detail matters. From site design to quality content. I am not an expert in either of these areas, and while I am not always good at practicing what I preach, I do know that it is VERY important to make sure that you don’t infringe on anyone’s copyright. It is all about credibility, and credibility comes from paying attention to details like these.
At the moment I don’t copyright anything on The Measured Life. I might switch to a creative commons license one day, but, at least for now, I believe that it is in my best interest to allow everyone to do what they want with the content I produce. (Let’s be real here: no one is going to “steal” my stuff anyways.) I won’t worry about copyrighting my own material as long my audience is as small as it is.
As my blog presumably grows, however, I will have to be more aware of copyright, both in relation to my own material, and to the material I “borrow” from elsewhere. And since this is a challenge all of us face, I thought it might be useful if I shared what little I know about finding uncopyrighted photos for your blog posts.
Now, writing “how to” posts is a new thing for me, as it has always been a huge challenge for me to structure more or less anything I write. So it will probably serve you better to look up the info elsewhere. Still, here is my personal take on finding royalty free quality photos for your blog posts:
Do an advanced Google search
There are many places on the web where you can find uncopyrighted photos. The more professional your blog is, the more should you probably consider using a payed service. Where I am at in my “career” as a blogger that is not at all necessary, though. Doing an advanced Google search does the trick most of the time. The process is quite simple:
- I do a regular Google image search on whatever kind of photo I need.
- I then click advanced search on the settings menu.
- Next, I scroll down to usage rights at the bottom of the page and click free to use or share.
- I then click the advanced search button below, and bingo, I’ve got a bunch of photos that I know I am allowed to use.
It couldn’t be simpler than that (It probably could, but I just do this every time I do an image search for the blog anyways). Of course, this approach is quite limited, and you are not going to find truly original content by doing an advanced Google search alone. But it is an easy step to take to at least make sure that you are not breaking anyone’s copyright.
Or search through Flickr commons
I haven’t used Flickr Commons much, but this is one of the options I am considering trying out, as I am taking blogging more and more seriously. At Flickr Commons you will find a lot of those great, original photos that you might not find through a regular Google search.
Also, this approach is a match made in heaven, if you ask me. As a newbie blogger I am interested in giving my blog a great visual appearance while the photographers over at Flickr Commons are interested in gaining public exposure. So by using Flickr Commons photos I am hitting two birds with one stone, helping out both myself and up-and-coming photographers in the process.
You can find Flick Commons here.
I am still a novice at finding good, free photos, and will have to admit that I mostly still just do advanced Google searches. So while I haven’t tried out any of his photo suggestions yet, I can recommend Hongkiat as a great resource for design and technology tips in general:
30+ Websites For Stock Photos and Royalty Free Images
If you know of other places to find good, uncopyrighted photos, please post below in the comments section. I would love to check out your suggestions and learn more on this subject. Thanks!
Photo is “Copyrighted Rock” by photographer and Flickr user James Glover.
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