I am new to web design and blogging and was wondering where I can get my photos from?
If I use a photo off another website do I just credit the website or the photographer, as I see a lot of images are from “Getty Images” Can I use these images and put the source as Getty Images or have the company already paid for the loyalty for thee images?
There are a number of threads in the forum discussing possible sources of images. You could try these, for a start.
You can also do an image search on Google, and under “search tools” use the “Usage rights” dropdown to look for appropriate images. I’ve found that to be a good guide, but I would always check with the relevant site first before using images.
You’re not going to have the rights to use those images. If you’re going to get in trouble using images you don’t have license to use, it’s going to be the ones that are featured on popular news websites. These sites usually pay big money for these photographs and don’t want people stealing them.
Personally, I like shutterstock because they are selling photos on behalf of the photographers…which makes it feel like I’m helping out an individual & not just a larger company. That’s all just a matter of opinion, though, and I’m sure there are others with plenty to say on the subject! Some of the companies are royalty free & some are rights managed…so just check into that before you purchase.
You can search Flickr for images with a Creative Commons License. Make sure you credit the author and link to their profile. Make sure you check if the CC license of the image allows commercial use if that’s what you want to do. You can select the appropriate filter in the Flickr search bar.
Getty doesn’t just offer stock photos but also recent newsworthy images, but there are also numerous other options for such photos - AP/PA/Reuters/Demotix/etc
You definitely cannot just do a Google Image search, use that photo on your site and add attribution to the site you found it on - it’s unethical copyright infringement, but more than that if the image is licensed by Getty or another agency then they may present you with a bill for thousands of dollars (I’ve seen bills for $5k for the misuse of one photo).
You can find images licensed with creative commons that you can use on your site for free using Flickr and other services with the CC Search tool - http://search.creativecommons.org/ but for images of current events you’ll need to either take the photos yourself or most likely pay to use them from a photo agency like those listed above.
If you use photos from Getty Images, you need to pay for them or you may receive a legal notice from them charging you for 100X what the photo may have originally cost from their site. They track their photos across the web and take legal action.
Just taking a photo from another site is stealing. You can Google “Royalty free images” to find photo databases where you can pay for photos.
For photo uploading for your blog, you can search in Google & you will get the same type of image according to your search. After downloading these images you should change those image information like image properties & after that you can edit it within help of photoshop, then you can use it for your blog posting. I hope you can understand my point of view.
Unless the person who created the image has licensed the image out to be used by you (whether by GPL or by direct licensing), changing the image properties or opening it and saving it in Photoshop doesn’t automatically give you the right to use it. There are parody rights and fair use rights, but any commercial use without proper licensing or permission is illegal in almost any country…
@seoadamwatson1 - as we’ve said before, you need to check with the site from which you download an image whether or not that image may be reused on your site. You also need to check whether you are allowed to modify the image. Some images may be available to reuse, but not to modify.
You seem to be suggesting that it’s OK to use any image provided you modify it first, but that is definitely not correct.
But, finding specific photos (ie. of golfing) may be a little harder as some of these are ‘packs’ of images, and some sites are hard to search on for these specifics. Have a look around though.
You can also search on flickr for specific photography rights - heres a list of what these rights mean here
RE: Getty Images - Very expensive! I always was baffled at the ‘You can only use this for three months’ bit when even selecting for use on the web, what if you wanted it on a blog? would you have to remove it and have no content for anything over that time? Seemed backwards to me, especially when you got a pretty small image size for that (I found they were around £40-£80 ish!)