How to Find Free Photos for your webpage
Building a website or Hub that is a pleasure to look at.
Many of us start out not really knowing where to find the very tools we need to build beautiful hubpages or websites elsewhere on the internet.
You have a dream!
We have a dream, we have that vision for that very unique and special hub or website that will entice hundreds of visitors to it daily. How do you make that dream turn into a reality.
What does your page need to grab their attention?
Think of your webpage as a beautiful dance between you, the writer and creator of the content and your audience, the reader and end user. A dance should be done with a certain grace and ease. There should never be any awkwardness felt by either party. Both dancers should feel the excitement as they move together, and leave them breathless with hearts beating, a feeling of being alive at the end of the dance. Always grateful to have danced together, and hoping to someday dance again.
So how do you build a hub or website that will excite your passion, as well as your readers?
Read on and we will begin the journey my friend...
You begin your journey of building your hubpage or website with an attention grabber. An amazing photo that begins your story and leaves them wondering what else is out there (on your page) where is this leading them, what other wonders lie in the paragraphs below.
A photo placed with each module is the attention grabber. You can allure readers to your material if each of your modules has all of the following;
1. Your module must be Visually Appealing enough to grab your readers attention. You need to convince your readers that this sight is worth not only visiting but hanging around a little bit, to learn something new, enjoy a good story, share someones life.
2. It must have unique content - no copying and pasting should be done.
3. The very first paragraph should be so captivating that your reader will want to know more.
4. The entire content of your page should be full of great content. Don't let your audience (the readers) down. Quality hubs and websites will pay for themselves with great traffic and royalties resulting from that traffic.
So let's just recap:
Your Photo's will be an instant attention grabber.
The first paragraph of every module should leave your reader wanting more, and the content should satisfy their curiosity, and leave your audience feeling like visiting was worth their time.
So where do you find Great Photographs?
1. One choice is to use your own photo's
The Grand Canyon
Photograph by Linda Hoxie
Use your own Photos
Some of us have access to some amazing photographs of our own. As you build your lens and you wind through the river of ideas you have for each module, if you have photo's you have taken available you can look through them and see if any will work for what you are wanting to use them for.
If you want tips on taking great photos, take a look at Photography is an Art.
There is one thing that you may want to consider doing if you use your own photographs.
If you want to be the only one using your photo on the web, you can add a copyright and reserve all rights to the photo.
Sunset at Porto Covo, west coast of Portugal.
Photo credit: (Alvesgaspar, public domain, wikipedia commons)
If you find photos on public domain to use for your website like the breathtaking photo of the above sunset that I found on wikipedia, be sure to always credit the author and the website that you found it on.
The one downfall in using these photos that have been posted on public domain is the fact that they are used by many different people and are not unique.
But honestly in finding the above photo, I just had to share it with you. Unique or not, isn't it absolutely beautiful!
The Artist or Photographer themselves
When you find a photo you would like to use that was taken by another, why not see if you can get permission from that photographer to use their photo on your website.
Many artist and photographers are flattered and proud of their work and love the opportunity to get more exposure. Many of them will allow you to use their work with a link back to their webpage and credit.
For example I used many of Daily Venture's free photos on my My Bucket List hub. They allow you to use their photos with a backlink to their website. It helps both parties, they get more traffic to their website and you get the honor of using their fantastic photos, the people that visit your website get to enjoy these photo's, your content and perhaps even venture over to another great website. It is a win win situation for everyone involved.
Ahh...there is the dance again!
Attribute, label and display copyrights
Now you know what you need to about finding great photos for your Hubs or website...
If you build it, they will come.
Sit back and enjoy the ride!
Thank you for taking the time to stop by, I really appreciate you! Please drop a note below so that I know you were here.
© 2009 Linda Hoxie