Do you use your own pictures in hubs?
Do you use photos of yourself, your family, your friends, or anything else from your personal life? Or do you search the internet for pictures that match the subject you are writing about?
What is your reasoning behind your decision?
I don't see the point in putting my own personal photos online to be stolen. I use stock, creative commons and free rights photos from the internet; they're better than I could take anyway.
There's nothing wrong with wanting your personal privacy or being discrete. Don't sell yourself short though, I'm sure you can take some really nice photos if you wanted to.
When I was young I was good at music, writing and art. I decided to follow the writing path, and have no interest in being good at the other two, so I never will be.
My avatar is of me; but, that's it. Nothing directly from my personal life is there on purpose. I do try to take my own photographs of the subjects I am writing about, It is easier to fit the photos to the writing that way. Still there are times I use something from wiki commons or something inside of the public realm. I can't always take pictures of what I need. I find that when the pictures are a part of the story the hubs get a better response.
For my recipe hubs yes but for all others no. I use images that are free for commercial use and manipulation.
I use personal pictures. I feel the pictures I use in my hubs add a unique quality. Some of my hubs are about personal struggles and no pictures I find on the internet can capture my emotions like the real thing.
I used my own photos as much as possible. I have used many from my personal collection, I use my own detailed photos in my craft and how to hubs. I am also fortunate enough to have taken photos of some of my favorite musicians that I have used in hubs. If I am not able to take my own photo, then I often use photos from flickr Creative Commons.
I usually used my own photos and some videos or I asked from my friends. My selves taken photos give the personal touch of my articles. When I write an article I see to it that I take photos for the topics I write.
I use my own pictures whenever possible, usually pictures taken with my iPhone and edited using Instagram. This is a great way to differentiate your hubs and ensure you stay legal from a perspective of copyright. The effects you can achieve with this simple app are amazing, and with practise you will wonder why you ever used Google Image search!
Since the Google changes, I've found that using your own photos help you rank much better. They are unique to your articles which ranks better, leading to more traffic.
If I have photos of my own that are about what I write, then I will use them. If not, I use some from the public domain, although one day I might change these with my own.
I understand that many writers use photos from free sites in an effort to portray a certain feeling surrounding their Hubs. However, for me, I find my own pictures work best. If I don't have a picture to fit an article, then I will find the props and create one that is appropriate. I think the whole idea of what pictures to use is really one of individual choice and how comfortable the writer is in picking the right images.
I don't use pictures of myself, or my personal collection of pictures, unless it is specifically related to the Hub, of me doing something very specific related to the subject of the Hub; otherwise, I most often use pictures from Wikimedia Commons, and attribute it to the owner, etc.
If I post a recipe (which I have), then I will use my own. Too bad that my pictures don't look like those of the food photogs though!!! I feel like maybe I'm doing a disservice by using my personal pictures- they are really quite terrible, actually.
For the other stuff, I use royalty free/stock pictures. If I have to, I'll crop it using iPhoto or whatever so it doesn't look JUST like the next guy's, but I still give full credit to whomever it is that I've used. 123RF.com seems to have a good selection.
I feel happier with my hubs when I have taken my own photo's especially when I take photo's of places I have been like recently the Horizontall Falls in WA or the Whitsundays - The crocodiles I have seen here .
I try take photo's that are a bit diferent if possible !
I have on occasion used my own photos but WryLit has a good point about them being stolen. I also use morguefile.com and freephoto.biz
I prefer to use my own photos but on many topics I just do not have any from my personal collection that are relevant to my hubs. I do a lot of research to find the right picture because I believe that the picture sells.
I love photographing! Writing hubs and using my own photos has become a great way to make my hobby productive.
I was convinced recently to start copyrighting my photos so people could use them, while requiring a backlink to whichever hub they got it from. I also signed onto Pinterest and started making photo boards with links to my hubs, which will follow anyone who repins. I need those links. I have good hubs, but not too many people reading them yet.
by JP Carlos 10 years ago
Where do hubbers get pictures they put on their hubs? It's supposed to be their own right? But there are some whose pictures are definitely not theirs. Can we simply cite the URL of the source?
by Brian 10 years ago
I just wanted to warn people about Flickr, which is a feature that is available at Yahoo.com.I post a bunch of photos to a few flickr groups before my computer crashed. Well, I lost all of my images in the crash, so I tried to go back to the various Flickr grounds that I belong to and retrieve my...
by Rahul Parashar 8 years ago
Two of my hubs have been unpublished for using watermarked/pixelated pics. I was wondering, what should I do to avoid this scenario in future? Where should I go to get pics for my hubs?
by Olalekan Abiola 11 years ago
Is it important to always include pictures in my articles before publishing? I also want to know if picture tags boost SEO.
by Alicia Bell 5 years ago
Can I only post my very own pictures in my hubs or can I use online pictures, too?Some of the hubs that I've written need a picture of an object of some sort- something that I would not have a picture of myself. Are there pictures that I can use online, or do I have to just use my own pictures?
by Victoria Van Ness 7 years ago
Why are people being such jerks about recipe pictures?So first I just post a fished product picture like you find on any other recipe site and people complain I don't have step by step pictures.Then I post step by steps from Flickr.com and people complain that I obviously can't cook because I'm not...
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