Why would you bother adding photography to your posts? Adding different kinds of media to your blog is more engaging.

Photography can make your post more appealing to the eye and while your content is still the main element, a big chunk of text is sometimes quite daunting to start reading.

Finding good stuff for your blog is difficult, but this post will help you where to look and highlight some things you need to consider in the process.

Three things to consider when looking for photography online:

1. Licensing

Most of the free-to-use image content online is protected by Creative Commons licensing. When searching services like Flickr, you have to look for the licensing specifications. In some cases you’ll find the term “All Rights Reserved” which means you can’t use it unless you get approval directly from the source.

On the other hand, if the content is classified under “Some Rights Reserved”, it means you can use it but there are probably some requirements. In most cases the content source will even allow you to make some alterations to the image.

2. Proper Credit

One thing that’s always required is giving proper credit to the source. Creative Commons specify the right way to do it but it usually means including the name with a link back to the page on your post.

3. Google Images

Some people think getting photography is as easy as searching Google Images. That it’s not the case as these images usually belong to somebody else and it is hard to identify the source. Searching for images on Google can also be very time consuming and frustrating.

Free Content Sources

Flickr is probably the source used by most bloggers out there. One thing you can do in order to filter your search to only usable content is to add the term “creative commons” in front of your keyword. Content on Flickr is protected under this license and you can find the specification at the bottom of the right sidebar.

Also, make sure to check out the size options as it usually provides you with the original size.

Paid Services

The big difference with free content is the quality of the work and sometimes the ease of browsing their libraries, which most of the time are huge.

One more thing is that some of these services are very affordable and worth a try. You can pay for them as you go or get an annual subscription.

Here are some of the main ones:

Be the Source

With some basic knowledge and a decent digital camera, you can become the content source. Experiment with taking and editing your own pictures.