How To Find And Use Amazing Photos From Flickr
December 12, 2007
Photography by: notsogoodphotography.
Why You Should Use ImagesThere are more than six reasons why you should use images in your blog posts, including the fact that images make your articles more attractive, they don’t make your blog look like a huge mass of words, they provide something nice for the reader to look at, and images can even send you search engine traffic.
You now know that using images on your blog is a good thing. You’ve probably heard about it before or even tried out using images from Google, but this isn’t a very good method to practice – images you find via Google and other search engines are most likely copyrighted, which means that they belong to someone else and you don’t have the right to use them. You CAN use images on free stock photo sites, but a lot of those don’t have a very good selection. So where do most bloggers get their images from?
Flickr is your perfect solution. Flickr is a site where anyone can sign up and upload their photos, so there are millions of great images that you can use. Flickr is easy to navigate and finding a stunning photo to add to your blog post could take only a matter of minutes – read on to learn how to do just that!
How To Find The Perfect Photo On Flickr
Since the photos uploaded to Flickr have been taken by all sorts of different people all across the world, of course some of them are going to be copyrighted. But thanks to Flickr’s advanced search systems, it’s easy to find the images that you are free to use on your site or blog. The ones you want are under the Creative Commons license. Here is a quick description of the six types of Creative Commons licenses (click here to see the licenses page on Flickr):
- Attribution License – You can modify the image and use it pretty much wherever you like.
- Attribution-NoDerivs License – You can use the image wherever you like, but cannot modify it.
- Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License – You cannot modify the image or use it in a commercial site or on any page where you make money from.
- Attribution-NonCommercial License – You can modify the image, but you can’t use it in a commercial area or context.
- Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License – You can use the photo in any non-commercial space, but you must link to the license page as well.
- Attribution-ShareAlike License – You can modify the photo and use it anywhere, but you must link to the license.
(ALL SIX of the license types require you to link back to the Flickr member’s profile and credit them for their great work, which you should know to do anyway.)
Personally, I go by the first one – the Attribution license. This blog is commercial since I make money from it, and the Attribution license allows that. Also, it allows me to modify the image in such ways as resizing, cropping, or adding text to it. The images you use depend on the site you have and the context in which you are using them, but if you aren’t sure which applies to you then just ask me. However, for ALL people and sites, you can use images under the Attribution license.
If you click here, you will see the search page for all photos that have the Attribution license – anyone can use these, as long as you credit and link to the photographer’s profile. Once you are on that page, type in the keyword of an image you want to find. After searching, you can look through the photos you are shown or click the “most interesting” button and see some of the best images in that category. Browse around and find a photo you love, there are plenty out there!
Photography by: JennyHuang.
Adding The Image To Your Blog
Once you find a photo you like, go to its page and select the “All Sizes” button. From there, you will be provided with several sizes in which you can download that image. Download whatever size you want and save it to your computer.
Then you will upload the photo, and how you do depends on what blogging platform you are using (Blogger, WordPress, etc.) You can upload it to your image host, or directly to your site – whatever works for you. After you’ve got the photo uploaded, all you have to do is add the image code to the blog post you’re writing and make it look nice, and viola!
Be sure to link to and credit the person who took/uploaded the photo – don’t be a thief! To see how I have credited photographers, look at the text directly below the images in this post.
Now You’ve Got A Gorgeous Blog
You’ll really be surprised at how images will make a blog look. You can take your site from drab to stunning just by adding one Flickr photo to the top of each of your posts. Images add splashes of color all over your site, and it makes the view interesting for your readers. If someone happens upon your site and sees gorgeous images, that will hold their attention and make a lasting impression. A better-looking site is one that will make money online!
Please do share your experiences with using Flickr for finding great photos – or any other great site you know of and use to get fantastic images.