I first came across Elspeth Young’s painting of the young widow of Zarephath, and thought it was perfect for my blog. The only trouble was that it was unattributed — no title, no acknowledgement of the artist, no permission line, no related link. I couldn’t use it that way, so I went searching and was delighted when I was able to identify both the painting and the artist and found a whole series of paintings of women of the Bible, with permission to post on my blog. Thank you, Al Young Studios!
If you enjoy these paintings, please don’t simply copy and re-post; instead, please give credit where credit is due and use them only with the appropriate copyright notice and link. You can find more information on the Al Young Studios website as part of their frequently asked questions.
I know that in addition to writing a blog post, it’s an extra step to find just the right illustration with the appropriate permission, but I urge all writers/bloggers, if you’re going to illustrate your blog post in any way, please make sure you have permission to do so.
Author Roni Loren learned this the hard way, and tells her story in Bloggers Beware: You CAN Be Sued for Using Pics on Your Blog – My Story. It wasn’t enough for her simply to apologize and to remove the photo. Besides, why not take the opportunity to acknowledge and encourage one another as part of our on-line community? It’s well worth the time and effort to name and be named.
So for blog photos, I turn to:
- Photos that I take myself, even though my equipment and skills are admittedly limited
- Friends who give me permission to use their photos
- Wonderful finds like The Women of the Bible Art Collection which allows for sharing online
Photos and illustrations in small sizes suitable for my blog are free, although attribution and a link are required, which I would include anyway as a matter of course. Larger sizes and/or use without attribution are available for a fee.
- Creative Commons
There are a number of different Creative Commons licences which can be confusing, so on the safe side I usually search for photos that allow for commercial use and modification. Those aren’t actually issues for me right now since my blog is non-commercial and I don’t generally modify photos, but I like having a broad category of use just in case I do decide to crop a photo or if my use changes in some other way.
- Author Media offers more links for finding legal photos for your blog.
Do you have some favourite photo sources that you can share?