Where to Look When Taking Images off the Web

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in ComLead, Integrated Marketing Communication

I think I’m safe in suspecting that those of us out there who blog want to have a nice, punchy image to complement our finely crafted pieces. This is totally understandable. Our Integrated Marketing Communication students know very well that an image can do a lot to enhance the written word, and one that’s strategically chosen may even spark the buzz for your post.

So now that we’ve established we like pretty photographs for our blogs and websites, where do we go to get them?

I think I’m also safe in suspecting that at some time or another we’ve all been guilty of ripping off images on Google. Whether it’s for a class project, a Facebook cover photo, or an image for a blog post, it’s easy to get carried away with the vast number of pictures available at our fingertips. The problem with this though, is that they’re not just ours for the taking. Google Images are more often than not considered intellectual property, meaning they’re copyrighted and someone else owns that photograph. And even if certain ones don’t have a “copyright”, they’re still some else’s work and it’s not very ethical to use them without asking permission. Take a look at what Google has to say “Regarding Images from the Web.”

This being said, I’ve put together a list of resources that may guide you in your venture for free photographs. I can assure you that the websites below contain a plentiful source of photos that are for anyone’s use:

  • MorgueFile – I think this site is the most well known for providing free photographs, so don’t forget to take advantage of it! They have a whole archive of images just waiting for you to scoop up.
  • Freerange Stock – The name of this website says it all. There are plenty of usable images here, and if you sign up you’ll be privy to all of the high-quality, high-resolution photo as well.
  • Flickr – Most of you are probably familiar with Flickr as a way to share your photos in a nicely organized album, but Flickr also has a free use section with tons of unique images. I’ve personally had a lot of luck with Flickr and highly recommend using it.
  • Take your own pictures! It’s your blog, it’s your words, it’s your website. It might as well be your picture! Plus, nothing beats being able to take credit for your own work.

Don’t stress about infringement and copyright laws or having to give credit to a photographer for their work. Utilize the above websites and maintain your blogger integrity.

 

 

 

 

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