There's no doubting that old adage: "a picture's worth a thousand words", and nothing sadder than a web page full of text with no supporting images. So you owe it to yourself and your readers to add a few eye catching graphics to every page you write.
If you want to download pictures to use you'll want to find royalty free stock images or pictures released under a creative commons license. In this post I'll walk you through the process of finding photographs that use the flickr creative commons license using a search engine I wrote called flickrCC
1. Go to flickrcc.net
2. Enter your search term and click on the 'Find' button
- Attribution (CC BY); Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA);
- Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA) and Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC).
- Attribution-NoDerivs (CC BY-ND) and
- Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND).
3. Choose one of the images in the left hand panel
Once you've clicked on the 'Find' button you'll get back up to 30 thumbnails matching your search term.
You can get another 30 thumbnails loaded by clicking on the 'next' link at the bottom of the panel.
When you click on a thumbnail the corresponding attribution will load in the right hand panel, along with a larger version of the image...
4. Select the image resolution
Clicking on the links below the image will load larger or smaller versions. The medium size is the one you'd usually use for a blog post or web page, but the other sizes can be handy for different applications too. For this tutorial we'll click on the 'medium' link to load it...
4b. Optional extra: edit the photo
Aviary will let you crop the image, resize it, rotate it, and add text and other artefacts, making it truly yours.
5. Save the image
When you save your picture use a descriptive file name rather than the boring string of letters and numbers that comes up by default, it will make it much easier to find later. Also, note which directory you save it in so you can find it again later (my hard drive is full of lost images because I didn't pay attention when I clicked that 'save' button :-)
6. Copy the attribution text
7. Putting it all together
Found on flickrcc.net