Taking great photos is not something I'm good at, but I keep reading how the right photo will enhance a blog post. As I'm a visual person, I understand this totally. My eye is drawn first to an image and if it appeals to me, the text comes next. Does that mean I only read blogs with outstanding photos - heck, no!!! But, as I'm scrolling through my RSS reader, it's definitely the images and graphics that I notice first.
Whilst I am working on improving my photos, for me, progress is slow - a bit hit and miss. So, I decided to look elsewhere for a source free of images. I have no intention of relying on someone else's images for all my blog posts; just the odd picture here and there.
The clip art in the graphic above, is one such example. Others include the picture at the top of the following posts:
Open Clip Art is a great source of computerised graphic art and where I obtained these pictures. Here's an excerpt from the Open Clip Art License:
We try to make it clear that you may use all clipart from Openclipart even for unlimited commercial use. We believe that giving away our images is a great way to share with the world our talents and that will come back around in a better form.
Pretty good, isn't it - Free clip art which can be used on your blog. So far, I've only used clip art from Open Clip Art, but there's a couple more sites I've found which I want to check out fully...
The Graphics Fairy
The Graphics Fairy
Terms and Copyright excerpt- Most of the images I post were created before 1923, because it is my understanding that the majority of images that were published or created before that date are in the public domain.
morgueFile License excerpt- You are free: Remix - to adapt the work. Commercial - to use this work for commercial purposes. Without Attribution - to use without attributing the original author.
I've included excerpts from the licenses, but to understand them fully, read them in their entirety. It is most important to understand and abide by the terms and conditions under which images and clip art can (or cannot) be used.
Read the experience of one blogger who was involved in a case regarding a photo she used on her blog... Blogger Beware: You CAN Get Sued For Using Photos You Don't Own on Your Blog
While searching for free images, I came across the following blog posts. Whilst many of them include links to free sources, some of them are to paid sites...
- How to Find Royalty Free Images for Your WordPress Blog Posts
- 30 Free Image Sources for Commercial Use Stock Photography and Clipart Graphics
- Microsoft Clip Art on Your Blog?
- Clip Art Resources for Blogs
- 20 Sites To Get Free Stock Photos, Images & Clipart For Websites
- 35 Websites With Stunning Free Stock Photos For Commercial Use
Have you ever used pictures other than your own on your blog? If you are aware of another source of free images and clip art, leave a link in the comments.