However, we don’t all have an endless personal supply of moody shots of “the ocean at sunset”. And some of us can’t quite get the lighting right when trying to take our own “office space” pictures.
So we have to turn to the online community to search for that right theme that’ll go with our article. Having access to hundreds of thousands of images from the world over at our finger tips is rather intoxicating. But we all seem to gravitate towards the same sort of images. We’ll see the same photo used on all kinds of blogs and begin to wonder if they all shop at the same place.
To be honest, it’s a little weird going to a site I think is professional and an expert on all things writing, and see some of the images I use on my blog. Hmm, not sure about that at all.
You’d think that with the number of people in the world taking pictures and uploading them online we could avoid crossing over too many times. Unfortunately, not.
What’s happening? We’re told about this one, just one, good place to get pictures with minimal fuss and every blogger is off to find a new “blonde girl staring pensively into the sunset” photo. We all know the big names in the stock image game. We all go to places that we trust. We start to crossover.
But bellow are just a few places to go and get a “couple dancing in the rain” still, that might not be up everywhere. One list is free, the other you have to pay. Some offer free images, but you have to search for the link on their site or give over your information before they allow you to download it. Just be careful and make an informed decision.
Why go to these sites instead of just going through Google images? Copyrights. You could be stealing, using an image without the artist’s permission, and not only is that morally bad (it sucks when it happens to you), but it is legally a crime that could cost you a lot in fines. Even doing a link back and crediting them isn’t going to save your ass.
So be safe and go through an actual stock image site that clearly and categorically states where the copyrights belong.
Of course, the safest thing is to take your own pictures so you own the copyright from the first click. And with filters things might be a little easier. Have fun snapping pics or perusing what’s available online.