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    Where do people get pictures for their blogs from?

    I know some sites who offer this but where do you get them!?

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    - Most of People hotlink them from other blogs or save them from other blogs
    - Good bloggers purchase images from istockphoto, shutterstock
    - Some bloggers combines the images from several websites then edit them using Photoshop or other image processing tools.

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    You can also get copyright free images from flickr, wikipedia etc but check the terms before using them, some require a credit.

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    I often get photos from free web graphics sites in the internet. Everything that has no copyright.

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    Good bloggers take their camera out with them and take the photos of what they are blogging about themselves.

    After all why buy images (or worse steal them) from other sites. Using the same images as everyone else does just makes your blog one of the crowd.
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    If you're looking for stock photos, you might check sxc.hu. I use them on occasion; they tend to be of a fairly high quality for being free.
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    Quote Originally Posted by felgall View Post
    Good bloggers take their camera out with them and take the photos of what they are blogging about themselves.

    After all why buy images (or worse steal them) from other sites. Using the same images as everyone else does just makes your blog one of the crowd.
    So what picture they need to take when they have a forum about website design, optimization and all ?

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    I buy images from dreamstime - I find them to be a high quality stock photo provider and the prices are very reasonable.

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    There's a lot of free pictures online, but some uses hotlinks on pictures without knowing that they could be deleted by Google(is they are on Blogger)...
    I get pictures from FreeFoto.com and sxc.hu...
    Last edited by seo-neon; Jul 21, 2009 at 06:08.

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    I never bought pictures, but I do take them from flickr or just by googling. I don't forget to put the original source link whenever I use any copyright images.But generally I do avoid.

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    I always get the pictures of my blog from google in their image section..

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    you can try google, yahoo, msn image search. Also try free image hosting sites like photobucket etc.

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    I'll use Flickr or Wikipedia for images. I'll make sure a credit them back to the content holder.
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    be careful when obtaining images, you don&#180;t want any legal wrangles.

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    i just feel free to use images i got from Google images. Or when someone ask to use their images in my review.

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    Quote Originally Posted by myfreelance View Post
    I always get the pictures of my blog from google in their image section..
    Quote Originally Posted by thom_ View Post
    i just feel free to use images i got from Google images. Or when someone ask to use their images in my review.
    In which case you are in violation of copyright. Don't be surprised if you also get a letter from the Attorney's at Corbis, Getty, or another of the sites that own and protect their copyrights.

    Copyright infringement is illegal. Depending on the intellectual property stolen, it can even be a felony. Please do not advise other SitePoint members to take part in illegal activities.
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    If you use FireFox try an addon called Zemanta https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/7571 this adds a sibebar next to your wysiwyg compose area, it not only pulls in keyword related images from flickr, wiki, but also related articles from article directories.
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    I do take some from google and yahoo, but I always make sure that I consider writing on where I get them from.

    Sometimes, I get my camera and shoot away, like for a baking or cooking blog, I cook, bake and shoot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jayguy View Post
    be careful when obtaining images, you donīt want any legal wrangles.
    yes, better to read first the guidelines of the owner of the image before copying their images to your blog or you must need to give some credits on their site by placing their site name or providing a backlink to their site...

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    Quote Originally Posted by journey08 View Post
    yes, better to read first the guidelines of the owner of the image before copying their images to your blog or you must need to give some credits on their site by placing their site name or providing a backlink to their site...
    For once and for all—giving "credit" on your site is not a remedy for copyright infringement liability. Instead of giving poor advice, why not look up the law?

    If you are displaying pictures that you obtained without written permission of the copyright holder, you are liable for copyright infringement unless the owner of the picture has entered the picture into public domain (one chance in a million).

    Please refrain from giving advice to other members that may land them in court.

    If you think this is a joke, please search the business and legal forum here to find several threads where Getty or Corbis attorneys threatened lawsuits of thousands of dollars for those who infringed on their copyrights.

    Any further post that suggest our members do something illegal (even hints at it) will be removed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thewebhostingdir View Post
    Some bloggers combines the images from several websites then edit them using Photoshop or other image processing tools.
    Is it a good practice? I mean will there be any problem with this also?

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    Quote Originally Posted by markov View Post
    Is it a good practice? I mean will there be any problem with this also?
    No it isn't a good practice. It's called a derivative work. Here is what the US Copyright Office has to say about it:

    Only the owner of copyright in a work has the right to prepare, or to authorize someone else to create, a new version of that work. Accordingly, you cannot claim copyright to another's work, no matter how much you change it, unless you have the owner's consent.
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    I do either one of 3 things:-

    1. Use my own photos (landscapes, holiday snaps etc.)
    2. Use screenshots/diagrams
    3. Use Photodropper - http://www.photodropper.com/wordpress-plugin/ - it scours Flickr for creative commons licensed photos, and puts them into your blog WITH accreditation.

    I avoid sxc.hu & freefoto.com because I was burned by a photo I downloaded from the website, the photo (which was put up there by a member) was under copyright & later removed from the site and - whilst I had an account with them - there was no audit trail. Thankfully they believed that I acted in good faith (probably because they had similar legal wranglings at the time over the same photo), so I was let off the hook.

    Flickr's probably the best bet. Hell, if I see a photo that I can't use (as it's under copyright) try and work something out with the original poster with an email. Most often accept a link back in return for usage of the photo. BUT DO EMAIL THEM FIRST!
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    Another option I haven't seen mentioned yet, is that you can hire or collaborate with a photographer. The photographer will take the photos you require and you pay for it. That's what I do. I have one photographer I work with, and I can always request photography of any kind. That way you can have unique, professional photography on your blog or in your projects and not have to worry about anything.
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    well , copy right is a big headache for most of the people , i know lots people just hotlink them from other blogs or save then edit of ps them for their own blogs
    but luckily i'm a fan of photography , so i have a laerge collection of photos of my own --


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