Monday, September 20, 2010

What You Need to Know about Non-commercial, Free Photos

A breakdown of the different types of CC licen...Image via Wikipedia

Pie chart attribution-ShareAlike 3.0

You need to know how to use photos copied and saved from photo sites, beyond the technology. Copyrights come into play, so you need to read the terms and conditions every time. Some photo sites include a variety of permissions. Always give attribution for your photo sources on blogs and web sites.

Know your rights; learn the meanings and conditions for use of combinations of CC, Creative Commons, photos, as in the pie chart at left.

Save allowed photos to a computer file.

Look for graphics that enhance your ideas, information, and presentation.  

Flickr, Photoxpress, and other online photo sites have free photos. I have used Photoxpress for Baltimore Examiner articles. The article template helped meeasily insert photos and attribute them. (Baltimore Examiner is folding now. See article link, below.)

Streetwise Low-Cost Web Site Promotion: Every Possible Way to Make Your Web Site a Success, Without Spending Lots of Money (Adams Streetwise Series)Your best photo source may be your digital camera.  
D-Link DCS920 Wireless-G Internet CameraKodak EasyShare Z1485 14MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.5 inch LCD (Black)Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230 12 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom and Super Steady Shot Image Stabilization (Silver)Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1 10MP Digital Camera with 12x Wide Angle MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD (Silver)

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