If you use them from another source, do you use the free version where you have to place a credit or do you pay for stock photos so you can use them without? Alternatively do you use sites that allow you do use without a credit? Clipart Clkr
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I do try to use my own too but as you say, sometimes it just isn't possible. I wish my camera skills were better as well. Thanks for taking the time to answer.
It can be exasperating looking for a suitable photo sometimes. It sounds like you have found the solution. Thanks for the answer.
May I ask you a question? Do you feel your time is better spent using Photoshop and creating images or writing? Writing and designing both are creative pursuits but where do you draw a line, or do you?
I devote most of my time to writing, but I work as both a designer and a writer, so my time is well spent doing both in my opinion :)
No it is definitely not being paranoid. There are cases of photos being taken all the time.
I am shocked when I look at sites with free photos and so many people have their children up there. Thanks for your thoughts on this subject.
Your own pictures are by and far the easiest choice. Thankfully so many people have others to use their photos. On Flickr, I have asked people and almost all have allowed usage with a link back to their photostream. Have a great Sunday.
With Google, do you follow the link and see if it has 'rights reserved'? Some aren't available to be used without payment or a credit. Often it is difficult to photograph something that we need for a hub. Great to hear from you.
Although I have contacted users after following through an image on Google, I rarely get a response. I believe whoever posted it was using it without permission possibly. Your system to source photos is commendable.
Yes, sometimes it is difficult to capture just what we need.
There are many talented photographers, and designers who are kind to allow us usage of their work. Thank you for your answer.
I too try and source what I need from these sources. It is time consuming.
Wonderful to hear from you.
On Flickr even if it has an 'all rights reserved', I have asked the photographer and all but one has said, I was free to use it. Thanks for your thoughts on the subject.
Yes, you are right no one wants to get hit with copyright infringement. Take a look at some hubs on where to find creative commons images. If you go to Flickr and ask the photographer offering a link back, they are normally happy to help. Good luck.
Thank you, Blondlogic, I am clearly in need in changing my strategy and that is why I answered this question. I need as many suggestions as possible. I think everyone is struggling to find the balance when it comes to pictures. Great question!
Time is a big factor. We all have to follow our strengths. It is a win-win situation, the photographer gets a mention and you have a suitable photo to use. Thanks for your answer.
That is true, inspiration from photos is a great idea.
I too have used this. I asked the question because I often see photos with no link or credit. Thanks for your answer.
I too use Flickr and almost everyone I have contacted has been helpful. It takes such a small amount of time to leave a credit. Thanks for your thoughts on the subject.
There have been some excellent hubs about where to find images that are free to use. Some request a credit and others don't . I use Freedigitalphotos.net and morguefile quite a bit. FDP needs a credit, Morgue file doesn't. Thanks, good luck
Wikimedia is getting mentioned a lot here. It seems one of the best 'go to sources' for pictures. Thanks for this.
Recipes usually want the process as well as the finished dish. This can be a problem, I have found. One needs a helper. Sourcing high quality images can prove difficult. Thank you for taking the time to answer.
I also include the process in my hubs typed. However I am thinking that if I use several pics taken during the cooking process it will give my reader the big picture and maybe help them understand exactly what it is I am doing in the hub.
I have done this and it isn't easy! Try taking a photo when you have to continue stirring a pan. A tripod and a remote shutter would help. Good luck with your hubs.
Well that's where my fiance' comes in to play he loves to take the pics for me I will be giving him the credit on any pics he takes that I use so it all works out for me.
It sounds like the perfect arrangement.
Yes it works out quite well now I just need to get moving on the hubs to go with the pictures.
Perhaps you should contact them about starting ' Hubphotos'. You are the 1st to answer, that has paid for photos. I think it makes a difference to the overall look, as a credit such as 'freedigitalphotos' makes the piece look unprofessional.
BL, I meant to say in my comment "I put in a search at istockphoto.com and then use the scroll bar to adjust pictures to my price range. They have a NICE search engine on that site. I'll write to hubpages. If not, if hubbers wanted, I have a website.
If you want to put a link here, to your site, please do.
I'm in re-construction of my site of 20 years so it's a bit wonky now, and I don't have the titles yet, but I have just converted my site to www.languagerocks.com., www.leftpawedpuppy.com, www.windmillworks.com/theawesomegamepage.
Yes, I think you are right. I read that if a person has writer's block, it is good to do something else as long as it is creative. Perhaps the two go hand in hand. Thanks for your thought on the subject.
Nice shot. Thanks for sharing with us.
Sometimes when do a recipe you need help! Try mixing, holding the bowl and taking a pic at the same time. It isn't easy! From Google India you still need a credit, don't you? Thanks for your input.
It is a difficult call. People love photos but often it is difficult to know who owns the copyrights. I once contacted someone about using a drawing I liked, he said I could use it but it wasn't his! Thanks for your answer.