Give the Proper Credit and Find Pictures You Can Legally Use
Finding great photos for your Zujava leaf (that's what we call an article at Zujava) is a must to stand out from the crowd of other non-original content out there on the web. Whether you take a photo yourself or add a properly licensed photo to your article, readers like pictures, and expect them. Wondering how to add a photo to your Zujava article that gives proper credit and attribution to the owner? This page will tell you all about Creative Commons, licensed photos, and where to find these cool photos to illustrate your articles.
Photo left of First Polaroid Camera by Eugene Ilchenko, licensed under Creative Commons 2.0.
Photos are part of what makes Zujava unique. Illustrating articles with beautiful, relevant photographs is one component that makes the perfect Zujava article. When you use a photo, you’re going to want to make sure that you have permission to use that photo.
- Google Images.If you find a photo through Google Images, it has to be properly attributed and you have to have permission to use it. If you aren’t sure, contact the webmaster to obtain permission.
- Stock Photos You Haven’t Paid For. iStockphoto and other websites specialize in stock photos, but these cost money. Don’t try to use their watermarked thumbnails in your article, or it could be taken down. If you really want to use that photo, see if the price is within your budget and obtain it legally from their website.
- Hotlinked photos.This is never cool, so don’t hotlink a photo to your article if the photo isn’t yours.
- Websites that allow you to use their photos with permission. Flickr is the finest example of this.
- Pictures you’ve taken yourself. There’s nothing more original than this!
- Stock photos you’ve paid for. There are some really nice professional photos from websites like iStockPhoto and stock.xchng that can be used for a fee.
Flickr is the largest photo website in existence today, and is a haven for talented photographers and casual camera carriers alike. Flickr provides users with an opportunity to share their photos online with the Flickr community (which is massive), to be found (recognition is always fun), and to host their photos. There are so many great photos on flickr, there's a tremendous opportunity to display amazing images on your Zujava leaves and make it that much more special and unique.
To find the right photos, you'll need to search using the proper license. To do so, click the "advanced search" link next to the search box on flickr. At the bottom of the next page, check off the boxes for "only search within Creative Commons licensed content" and also "find content to use commercially." This will bring only results in the search for photos that are okay for you to use on your Zujava leaf, with the correct attribution to the photo. If you are using a photo in a section, simply link to the photo once it has been uploaded. You can also state that the photo is licensed under Creative Commons (and which version). Flickr users also like it when you drop a note by and tell them that you've used their photo, but this isn't necessary - just a nice thing to do.