You may have noticed I have yet to use a photo. There’s a reason for this. Up until I read through and practiced this portion of the course, I didn’t know how. To be honest, I’m still not sure I’m 100% proficient. I have tons of questions. But, here’s what I’ve learned from Gina’s course, The Yahoo! Style Guide, and the web so far.
Don’t Swipe One
Do not just swipe one. Use a source like Compfight. Plenty of others, but Compfight is user-friendly. Simply scroll down to the bottom, past the dotted line, to find free photos. If you’re working with WordPress, click on the “Add Media” button to upload your image.
In Lesson 9: All You Need to Know About Sourcing and Crediting Photos of 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success, Gina uses a simple, widely-accepted format. Once you’ve found one that fits your purpose, italicize the notation crediting the owner, and insert a link via anchor text to the image. The notation should read:
Photo credit: Owner’s Name via Website CC
The letters in italics should link up via anchor text to the image on the web, the website where it was found, and creativecommons.org respectively.
In Compfight, all this information is provided to you. You only need to copy and paste it into the HTML. Then, you only need ot italicize the links to set them apart, and you’re done.
Creative Commons Licensing
Creative commons is the license under which the photo’s owner is releasing the photograph. This special license allows you, the one using it, to do so without owing money to the owner or being fined.
Using Your Own Photos
When using your own images, please remember to also cite then. It seems like it’s not a big deal, but we should make labeling everything a habit. Your own images should be cited with:
Photo credit: Courtesy of the author
Since there aren’t any links, the text does not need to be italicized.
Sourcing photographs from the web can be easy. Whenever possible try to use free photos and site them properly using the above method. If you plan to take and use your own photos, do so with care. Label them and cite yourself as the source.
These good habits will ensure you cover your bases each time.