We all like to add images to our blog posts. They make them look aesthetically pleasing. We feel it will draw the reader in and garner their interest more than a block of words would. It’s true for me. If a blog post looks broken up, with either images, bullet points, headings, white space etc, I’m more inclined to stop and read it.
Do you consider copyright when obtaining your images though? Do you know how stiff the penalties are for breaching copyright law? I read a blog post last year that was written by a blogger, and you’ll have to excuse the lack of link, because I’ve no idea where I read it, (if you do, please let me know and I’ll link to it) but the blogger used an image sourced from a search engine and was sued. She lost a lot of money and she was just a normal day to day blogger like you and I, not blogging for monetary gain.
Maybe you think the original owner of the image can’t locate on the huge place that is the Internet, the single image you put up on your little blog, but just take a minute to consider what you see when you take an image from a Google search for instance.
You choose that image and it gives you options to find the original image and options to find others like it. Google is pretty nifty. If an photographer/digital artist wants to locate their work online they can. Do you really want to take that risk for a few more clicks on your blog?
So where can you get images that are not going to cause you these massive issues you ask?
1 – Flickr
If the image on Flickr has a creative commons licence, it can be downloaded and used on a blog. Not all images are creative commons, so you need to check. You should always link back to the source of the image.
2 – Freedigitalphotos.net
You will have probably seen that this is where I get the majority of my images from lately. There are thousands of free images to use and they are nicely categorised for you to search.
3 – Shutterstock.com
Shutterstock has a massive range of images but they are at a price. It is a great image site though.
There are multiple other sources of images, but you do need to check on the license of use, or payment. Don’t let the prospect of a little time searching and organising yourself, land you in hot water with a case of copyright infringement.