When I create pages or posts for the web, I always like to include an image of some type. Pictures get people’s attention and make your information stand out. As a photographer and artist, I usually create my own images. However, many of you probably fire up Google and search for a good image. The trouble with randomly finding images on Google is that the image you want to use may be covered by copyright. You can risk using it, but the penalty if the copyright owner discovers her/his image on your website can be steep. Click here to read this firm’s unpleasant experience of getting sued for violating copyright law.
So what do you do if you need a good image? My first stop if I don’t have an image of my own to use is WikiMedia Commons. All the images on this wiki are free to use. They are either in the Public Domain or the creator has assigned a Creative Commons license to the image that allows reuse. You need to check the license terms and attribution requirements for each image you use so that you give the proper credit to the creator.
My next stop may be my affiliate partner Fiverr if I want to have an image created, but I don’t want to create it myself. Fiverr connects you with thousands of freelance creators. All the work on Fiverr starts at $5. If you need a simple image, Fiverr is your go-to source.
Next, I pay a visit to a stock photography website such as my affiliate partners: Photos.com by Getty Images, 500px, or Pixels.com. The amount you pay for an image will vary based on the size and the intended use. Images suitable for publication on the web can be quite reasonably priced.
Now that you know of some ways to find images without risking a fat lawsuit because you ignored potential copyright issues, go get busy making your websites and blogs beautiful!