Let’s talk IMAGES:
A really great photo can catch the reader’s attention and draw them into your composition or post. But unless you are a really great photographer, that perfect shot may be hard to find. Luckily, we have the web and modern technology that does most of the hard work for us.
There are literally thousands of free pictures available on the web that are OK to use…and just as many ( maybe more) that are NOT!
Google is a great tool that can search the web and return exactly what you are looking for. Just type the right keywords and all the data, news, video , images , books ,maps, you name it and it will appear!
BUT, if you plan to re-post or publish even a small part of this creation, you must give the original writer or artist credit for their work. In research, this is accomplished by citing our sources (more on this later) . With other artistic compositions, this is called attribution. We attribute ( or give credit to) the artist, musician or photographer of the original work.
It is for this reason that Google is not the best source for images. A large percentage of Google Images are NOT free to reuse. Most , as a matter of fact, are copyright protected and cannot be used without the risk of copyright infringement.
Luckily, there are some great alternatives.
There are a few options:
- Use the Compfight plugin. This shortcut tool is available in your blog editor , located to the right of your ‘Add media’ button.
Jacco Otten via Compfight
All the options listed above are good. But not necessarily easy or efficient or optimal. In the next post , we will explore the last and best option for reusing Images on your blog or any other published composition. You guessed it, Tons of images are available without any copyright restrictions. You just have to know where to look. They are in the public domain or have a CC0 ( no license) and are Basically FREE to reuse however you choose.
Everybody loves FREE!