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Where to Find Images for Blogs, Websites and Social Posts

I have written other articles about where to find Royalty Free images and music for your website or blog:

What I didn’t realize, though I should have, is that there is a huge number of images on Flickr that are registered with a variety of different Creative Commons Licenses. Here’s a page with the different types and links to searches:

The different types of Licenses that allow you to use images in your website, blog or social media post are Attribution and Attribution-ShareAlike. These do not restrict the use of the image for commercial purposes. You are required to make proper attribution to the creator of the image.

This is where the question arose for me… how exactly to give the proper attribution on my site (quickly and easily!). I did a little searching around and found this great article: http://librarianbyday.net/2009/09/28/how-to-attribute-a-creative-commons-photo-from-flickr/ that included this tip:

Example 4. You can use imagecodr.org to create it.  You put in the URL of the photo it automatically does the rest!  The alt text contains the author title and credits Flickr. The image links to Flickr. It adds the CC license image and author adds appropriate links.”

So, I gave http://www.imagecodr.org/ a try. All you have to do is copy in the image url that you found on Flickr. This one is a picture with Attribution only license, which means it can be copied, distributed, displayed but only if credit is given:

Pansy 20090307a 01 by cygnus921, on Flickr
Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License  by  cygnus921 
This one is Attribution-ShareAlike which includes the rights for Attribution, but also means that derivative works can only be distributed under an identical license that governs the original work.

I think this is going to be an incredibly rich source of fantastic images. I have also begun uploading some more of my images under the Attribution-ShareAlike license for others to be able to use.

Questions? Comments?

How to Use Picasa to easily create Profile Images for Social Media

I am finally getting back into making screencast tutorials – this time I’m uploading via Wistia (more on that later.)

Here’s a quick tutorial on making custom profile image collages using your own photos and Picasa.

I tried to get a transcription* with captions but OMG, the voice recognition was terrible. I guess I have to train my software and speak more clearly. I won’t even tell you the number of UMmmmms I had to delete!

Oh, one last note, obviously you don’t have to create collages for your profiles pages, often you have a terrific single picture you want to use. The custom aspect ratios you create can be used when you are cropping photos. So you can choose exactly how the image will be cropped and displayed on your profile page.

* Having a text transcript on your videos can be a real boon. Not only to the people who would prefer the sound to be off and read the instruction, but also because your transcript is yet another way the search engines know how to index your video.

Questions, Comments? Let me know.