Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Author Tool Box Blog Hop: FREE Photos for Your Social Media and Blogs

Hello and welcome to the Focused on Story Blog and to the Author Toolbox Blog Hop #AuthorToolboxBlogHop which meets every third Wednesday of the month to share resources and tips for authors. Thanks to Raimey Gallant for hosting this venture. 

Please join us to learn more about the craft of writing and to meet bloggers who are dedicated to helping each other become the best writers possible. Click here to visit other blog hop participants.

Antique camera
Image by congerdesign from Pixabay

All the blog gurus emphasize how important photos and videos are for getting viewers to look at your social media and stay on your blog page. But where do you get those FREE photos and gifs that will catch their eye?

Image by Pexels from Pixabay 
1. Your own photos--I really like to share my photos online especially travel photos AND they don't cost a dime to use them. Plus I have the rights to the pictures with no need to worry about paying a royalty fee. 
2. Free photo sites--When using a photo site, be sure to check the license for the photo. Free doesn't always mean free--some sites offer free photos, but the user has to pay a fee to use them. The license may include using the attribution with the photo. Never use a photo from the Internet unless you have permission from the photographer or company to use it. You must honor copyright laws.
3. Pixabay and Unsplash--I feel most comfortable using these sites for my photos and I love the huge amount of choices in every imaginable category. The sites make it easy to download and easy to copy the photographer's name and website. The sites note that "attribution is appreciated and allows contributors to gain exposure." Adding the attribution is a record of the photographer. If you like their work, you can always go back and click on the name to look for more of their contributions. You can pay for the photo if you wish. It is not mandatory.

Click here to go to Pixabay.
Click here to go to Unsplash.

Do you like to take pictures? Do you prefer using a camera or your cell phone?

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Celebrating Women's History Month
Photo courtesy of Canva

March is women's history month.

Your Words, Your Life Story: A Journal for Sharing Memories
by J.Q. Rose
Be sure to share your history with girls. Tell them the stories of your days growing up or write them down so the girls can read your stories whenever they wish.  Your life is worth sharing and it could be a survival guide to girls growing up now.

Need help telling your life story. Your Words, Your Life Story: A Journal for Sharing Memories can help you get started with many ways to spark memories and how to record your story. 
Click here to order the paperback now for you or as a gift for someone special.
Click here to join the Facebook Group for Telling Your Life Story and Memoir Circle.

Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women
by J.Q.Rose

Girls Succeed: Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women

by J.Q. Rose
For Middle-Grade age girls
Fifteen contemporary women share their dreams for success when they were girls. Be empowered by the amazing women they become. Their persistence to overcome obstacles and break through barriers to complete the goal will have you cheering for them.  Each story in this interactive eBook empowers readers to work toward making their dreams come true. 

A Study Guide is included in the book for use in the classroom or home school curriculum.

Click here to download this interactive e-book at your favorite online bookseller. 

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Raimey Gallant said...

I've been using Pixabay for a long time now, as well as Freepik, but I hadn't heard of Unsplash. Thanks for clueing me in. I've now got it bookmarked to peruse options the next time I need an image. :)

emaginette said...

I love the illustrators at Pixabay. I get some great pics to play with in Photoshop. :-)

Anna from elements of emaginette

Juneta key said...

Pixabay is one of my favorite. Great post.

Louise said...

I use my phone's camera when I can as I love sharing my own photos too :) Pixabay is great, but I'd not heard of Unsplash, will check it out, thanks.

J.Q. Rose said...

You're welcome. Freepik is new to me. Thank you.

J.Q. Rose said...

Yes, I should have mentioned illustrations and videos are available too.

J.Q. Rose said...

Thank you, Juneta.

J.Q. Rose said...

I find I am using my camera on my phone more and more. I guess because it's always with me. You're welcome.

Charity Rau said...

Great tips. I use Pixabay a lot as well as my own photos. I hadn't heard of Unsplash, but will have to check them out. Thanks for sharing!

Marsha said...

Hey, JQ. I try to use my own photos because I always have trouble navigating these various FREE sites. I heard a horror story about a writer who was sued because she used pics without giving proper attribution, and she thought they were free. Maybe I need to try again. I don't always have what I really want. Love your posts, JQ. Grateful for social media to keep up with folks. :)

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