Most of the photos I include with my posts are found on Flickr and have Creative Commons license. Sometimes I use my own photos but the bulk of them are from Flickr.
Adding a Flickr photo to your post is pretty easy. It is just important that you select photos that have a license allowing you to use them and that you give the owner of the photo proper credit. And for me, the hardest part, is actually locating the exact photo that I want to use.
- Click on Search
- Then click on Advanced Search
- Add your search terms and change any of the fields that you like
- Scroll down to the bottom of the page and select ‘Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content ‘
- Select Search and then start looking at the photo results
- If you have a flickr account and are signed in, you can favorite the photos you like by clicking on the star icon. You do not, however, have to have a flickr account to use the photos in your blog posts.
- Once you find the photo you want to use, click on the ‘All Sizes’ button
- You can select the code for the image size that you want. I usually use the small image with a width of 240 for the top of my blog posts. Click in the box of code to highlight it and then copy it.
- In your post, paste the code that you just copied and the image will appear. The following is one of my own photos that I used for this example (and yes, those are my feet and my dirty pink sneakers). I also add code to align and frame the image.
- I also add nofollow code to the link to the flickr image.
- Make sure you give credit to the creator of the photograph. That is the minimal requirement for using a creative commons photo. I use a code snippet at the end of the article so each credit looks the same. I just change the url and credit information. For the above photo, the code would look like this:
<p><small>photo credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ kwbridge/2409333862/" title="clark_park (by kwbridge)" rel="nofollow"> kwbridge</a></small></p>
and the credit link would look like this:
photo credit: kwbridge
Where do you get the photos that you use for your blog posts? Do you embed them or do you upload them.