You have heard of the saying “A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words.” When we are trying to communicate through print or online, this is very true. Having the right photo can grab someone’s attention. It can help people read a post about your products, showcase your brand, help you reach clients, and do a million other things. So where are some good places to get pictures? Here are a couple of suggestions.
If you are good at taking pictures with a camera or your phone, you can be your own provider. For example, if you want to sell makeup, you could take photos of a friend who agrees to let you show before and after photos of them using your makeup. If you are in the video business like me, you can take a screenshot of a video similar to this one. It is from a recent video shoot I did.
However, even the most creative of us do not have the time to spend to take our own pictures all the time. So we turn to the web to help find photos to illustrate our content. Most people find photos on Google that they like and then download them. Do you know that unless that photo is public domain (and 99.99 % are not), you have just violated the law? Now I doubt you will hear a knock on the door from an FBI agent but, you could hear from the owner or representative who holds the right to that photo. You may also have to pay for violating their copy-write. Think this could not happen to you? You should not assume that. I know of a very small business that received a notice they had violated copy-write with a facebook promotional photo. Thankfully the business was able to prove they had the right to use it. Had that not been the case it could have cost them their business.
So let’s get to the point of this post. The best place to get photos to illustrate your content is the legit, legal way of using a photo service. You might be thinking this is going to be costly and, for most websites, you are correct. I have good news for you. The website https://pixabay.com has millions of photos free for you to use. It is 100% legal with no attribution required. I like to include the following text to be safe “this image complies with Pixabay License free for commercial use no attribution required. You can also name the author if you want. Their info is on the site once you click on their photo.
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