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Finding copyright free images for your posts
We already talked about how to add images to your posts. Today, I’d like to look at where you can search for high-quality photos that are legal to use.
First things first, I need to reiterate that any photos you find on the open web should be assumed to be copyrighted. Do not use Google image search to look for photos. In addition, “royalty-free” does not mean copyright free. It simply means that you only have to pay once for a license to use an image multiple times.
Here are the types of licenses that you should be looking for:
Public domain images are owned by everyone. You can copy, modify, post and use the images however you like. No attribution is required.
Here are some great places to look for public domain images. However, be sure to look at the license information for the individual photo before you post it.
- Wikimedia Commons
- Morgue File
- US National Park Service Historic Photograph Collection
- Met Museum
Creative Commons (CC)
Many images that are not in the public domain can still be used under one of several Creative Commons licenses. When using these images, you need to be sure to follow the conditions. Sometimes you will not be allowed to modify, or use the image for a commercial purpose. Most of the time, you will be asked to provide attribution to the creator of the image.
Images by PCC
Whenever possible, it is great to avoid stock photography all-together. The Portland Community College marketing department maintains a collection of photos including campus locations and students.
Taking photos yourself
You are also, of course, more than welcome to post photos that you have personally taken.