It’s your typical last minute project. You’re scramming to finish your PowerPoint. Or maybe you’re actually working early for once, making a good impression for this new highly attractive English teacher of yours. You’re towards the end of the assignment and all you need is to add a couple of fancy photos to make your project reach tip top perfection, (or to make it look like you didn’t start working at 12AM before it’s due date). You go to Google and scroll down to find the best looking photo pertaining to your topic. Copy. Paste. Perhaps a small citation in the bibliography. Done. Turn it in and pray for an A. That’s how it works right? Wrong. Can you tell me again where you found your photos? And “Google” is not going to cut it at this moment. There is a rise in lawsuits for people whom knowingly or unknowingly use other people’s photos for their own work. People are watching. And now with new technology software such as Google Reverse Image Search, it’s a lot easier for someone to find their copyrighted photos in your possession. You have to be careful! Don’t freak out about old projects. Just delete them from the Internet. This may include your highly liked Tumblr photos and even Pinterest Boards. But it’s better than getting sued. Trust me.
Now what? How do you know if photos are copyrighted or free to use? It’s a little more work than your traditional copy and paste, but there are easier options.
- Google: Basic image searches on Google may or may NOT be okay to use. Have you ever searched your name on Google and your photo came up? And you’re sure you never gave permission for Google to show your photo? This websites pulls from everywhere. It has a great variety, but the owner may or may not know your are using their photo. There is actually a search tool you can use to filter out “unpermitted photos”. The far right filter tab will allow you to see its search tools. After selecting this button you will see a tab that says Usage Rights. There are many options to choose from but the easiest and safest selection to use is “Labeled for noncommercial reuse”. And now any photo you use won’t put you in the risk of a lawsuit.
- Morguefile: Use this site for free, high quality professional taken photos. Just make sure to read the terms and agreements and the license terms for the site and the user’s use of the photos.
- Unsplash: “Free. Do whatever you want. High Resolution photos.” Need I say more?
- Flikr Creative Commons: Free photos with very few restrictions. Some rights reserved, from attribution requirements to providing a link to the licenses. For safe photos, choose the ones labeled Public Domain.
- Death to Stock: Receive 5 free professional photos each month for free. Or make an account to access more.
6: Creative Market: Who doesn’t like grab bags? Subscribe and get 6 free Premium items by surprise. This includes WordPress templates, photos, fonts and textures.
Try these six websites to find great quality images and comment if you know anymore. Good luck on your project!