Don’t Steal My Intellectual Property--Photography Resources for Bloggers and Hubbers
As a freelance interior and graphic designer, I have to use several different ways to obtain images for my artwork and designs. As I peruse through hubs, it as apparent that a lot of people use others artwork and photography and make it their own. In this hub I provide resources that are used by professionals in order to not violate intellectual property copyrights. Let’s keep it professional and not discredit our profession or passion, okay?
Take your own photos- With a little practice, you can take photos like a pro with a fairly cheap digital camera, and even with your cell phone. Three things to consider are the following:
- Lighting plays a significant role in the outcome of image. One important thing to learn about your digital camera is how to turn off the flash. You don’t always need it and most times it provides too much light for the image. Buy yourself a small lamp or use one you have to set up focal lighting for pictures in your home.
- Angles Interesting angles make interesting images. Point Blank.
- Focus Not everything has to be in focus to look good. Check out your best friends wedding images. About one out of five will have blurry backgrounds with a clear married couple. Although, this is specifically manipulated by professional photographers, you will find out a lot of times this will happen on accident.
Taking your own photos takes a few minutes to do and adds a personal touch to your blogs and hubs.
If you decide to take your own photos, create a photo hosting account like flickr.com or photobucket.com and upload them all at once. Once uploaded you now have an organized photo system that separates your blog photos from your personal ones, and that my friends will make it very easy to share. Don’t ever say that the easy route never got you anywhere!
Another great way to take photos if you’re showing someone how to do something online is a little button called Print Screen. Take a look at your keyboard- it’s on there somewhere. What this button does is take a photograph of your computer screen and copies it to the clipboard. Then you go to your favorite photo editor, (mine is Adobe Photoshop) copy, and paste and then manipulate it the way that you wish. This is a great way to show someone how to do something on a specific program, such as Photoshop, without having to break out the digital camera and take a picture of your screen.
Use photos you already have Most of us have been taking photos our whole lives, so you have to have something you can use right? Once you think about it you have been preparing your whole life to find a way to use those images of things you care about.
Use others images There are tons of royalty-free photography sites like istockphoto.com, but don’t get royalty free mixed up with free. On these sites you have to pay for the images, but we aren’t trying to pay for pictures to put on our blogs and hubs are we? So here is a list of my favorite “free” royalty-free photography sites (try saying that ten times fast). Fair warning- some may look like pay sites because they are, but if you dig deeper you will find the “free section”, also known as your golden ticket.
http://creativecommons.org/ Tons of free images for grabs, but watch out for the license because you may need to attribute the author in a caption.
www.dreamstime.com – Look for the Free Section, tons of top quality images.
http://cgtextures.com/ Tons of great textures for graphic designers and bloggers. You get so many megabytes of images for free before you have to buy.
http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/ Name sounds a little generic right, but it does the job, and well at that.
These are just a few of the resources I use on a daily basis. I do although prefer to create my own images though. It really does give a personal touch to my blogs, and because of this I hope you enjoy them.
Below are some great books for amateur photographers and designers that have helped me in the past.