Blogging On A Budget: The Unglamorous Part – Getting Stock Images & Photos
You may have noticed I will often use Google Maps Street View for pictures of things around the city of Toronto or even in other cities (Las Vegas, for example comes to mind). I use the images because I simply do not have pictures that I myself have taken and I do not want to take another blogger or website’s pictures without permission. For some reason, to me, it feels OK to use Google Maps’ images even if I don’t have their permission just because they are Google. Don’t ask me to explain that, I am aware of the contradiction.
Of course I can use certain images and just give people credit as part of the Fair Use policies of Copyright Law and I was linked an article at one point which I read and cannot find at the moment about how to identify what the rights are to use images from Flickr and all about the Creative Commons Licenses. But that takes way more effort than I am willing to put in when I have to post something that day for the Post-A-Day 2011 Challenge and it is 11:30pm (which happens too often and I totally need to work on that!).
Therefore, today’s blog post is devoid of pictures, yes, but it is only because it is a quick post to tell you what I am about to go out and do. I am going to drive around Toronto looking for images I think I may need at some point in the future…or even needed and ‘borrowed’ from Google Maps Street View and keep them as stock photos which I can use however and whenever I please without needing to give credit or link back to anyone or worry about licenses.
Granted, it probably isn’t SUCH a big deal because my blog does not generate revenue so I assume most people wouldn’t really care very much if I use their images/photos so long as I link back to them but it’s much easier if I have my own images which I don’t have to worry about using.
Why don’t I just buy the stock imagery I need? Well, like I said, this blog doesn’t generate revenue and for me to go out on a random Sunday and get these photos is not such a big deal so why would I waste the money on buying the pictures. I’d rather be out in the fresh air taking the pictures for myself!
AS WELL, here is where I am going to be doing all y’all a solid. I am going to share these pictures with you. I am definitely going to put the pics up on the blog at some point as part of a blog post and maybe I will also add them to my Flickr or Google Images/Picasa account (both of accounts I don’t use very much right now). When they are up you are all free to use them as you please. If you’d like to link back to my blog and give me credit then that’s cool and I would very much appreciate it. HOWEVER, you won’t need to because I will be putting these pics up and putting them out there for everyone on the Interiorwebs to use as they see fit. Oh, and to be clear: I am not a professional photographer, I have never taken a photography class, and I will be taking the bulk of these pictures with my BlackBerry Torch or whatever other phone I have handy. Sometimes, maybe, a real camera will be used but don’t count on it. As such, don’t expect these to be stellar, super awesome photos which move you to tears. BUT, they will be what they say they are. If you need a picture of a stop sign, a picture of a stop sign you will have with no worrying about Creative Commons or Fair Use or Copyright.
Any requests for pictures? Let me know. Know of anyone else who has done something similar? Also, let me know because I’d very much appreciate it.