Every Picture Tells

When I’m looking for a picture to use for a blog post (like this one), I first search through my personal photography resources.

Photographer with camera standing in rubble

Over six+ years consulting, I’ve acquired quite a large stock-photography base. However, those images are usually very tailored to client niche markets. So, they often prove useless for small business startup advice.

Next, I check to see if I took any personal photos that might provide optimal imagery for the context of the post. Again, often this is a useless search, since most of my photos are of my kids.

Creative Commons CC Logo

My real go-to for image resources is the Creative Commons directories. These are collections of images that have been given a license with particular share/distribute/modification licensure. This means that each one has a particular license attributed to it: some you can use, but not modify. Some you can use and modify, but have to provide credit back to the original photographer (I recommend this for all your appropriated CC images). The great thing, is they can be used for your blog.

My Top Creative Commons Directories

Creative Commons Aggregates

  • CC Search – A search across multiple CC domains. Select your domain and type the search term.
  • PhotoPin – Also an aggregate tied to Flickr. But it makes the photo crediting easier with a built-in link and downloadable sizes.

One of the other options is to utilize public domain images. Public domain images are available due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Not eligible for copyright in the first place
  2. Copyright has expired
  3. Released into the public domain by the copyright holder

President Obama's Portrait

Public Domain Images

Using Creative Commons or public domain pictures are a great way to use imagery as a platform to assist in communicating your message. But, remember to give credit to the original photographer. Whether in the alt tag, title tag, or with a hyperlink to the original source, it needs to be accessible when read by search engines and by anyone looking at your site.

Otherwise, enjoy this great free resource at your disposal in enhancing your website.

Top photo credit: Hamed Saber cc

2 thoughts on “Every Picture Tells

  1. Phil

    Great bunch of useful photo sources. I’m always looking for new sources of affordable, or no-cost photos for my blog, and you posted several I had not used yet. Thanks!

    1. Andy Post author

      Awesome, Phil. While many of those photos may not be location-relevant for your blog, they might assist the conveying of emotion for storytelling, or reference-pieces.

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