Getting Images for Your Blog

Using Flickr for Getting Images for your Blog

Here’s a Video showing how I get Creative Commons images for the web using Photopin to grab Flickr images.  There’s a follow on video that shows how to add an image to a page or a post.

Have fun!

Video Captions/Transcript

  • In this video I’m going to show you how I get images from Flickr
  • Using a web site called Photopin
  • So, the first thing to do is just navigate to the site
  • Photopin dot com.  Easy!
  • You will be presented with a search bar
  • And you want to search for an image that you think is
  • relevant to your post
  • And let us imagine that we are writing something about happiness.
  • So we put that in there and click search
  • And Photopin will throw up
  • Images that are tagged with the word happiness.
  • It is important to tell you that these first images up here
  • Are sponsered images
  • And they are provided by a stock agency
  • And they will not be free images; they are paid for.
  • So the images below this grey line are what we are really interested in.
  • And you can see that each of them has this preview button
  • So you can get a quick look at every one of them.
  • You just scroll down until you find something that you think
  • is interesting or
  • relevant to your post or whatever.
  • And as you keep scorlling down, Photopin will show you more and mores images.
  • Some of them are really relevant
  • I do not know what that has to do with happiness
  • Not a bad image, but it does not speak to me about happiness.
  • But this one does.  I quite like that image.
  • Two happy children having fun together
  • If you click preview, it opens the image in a Lightbox window
  • And you can check it out and see what you think of it there.
  • Let us say we will get this photograph.
  • Click on Get Photo and wait a couple of minutes.
  • And you get some instructions
  • It gives you steps to do: select the image, the image size
  • Click on the photo on the left to check the licence.
  • And then grab the HTML for attribution
  • That is this gobble dee gook in this box here.
  • Before we select the image, let us just check the image licence.
  • Now, clicking the image then, takes you to the Flickr site and to the photographer’s own stream.
  • Scrolling down from there you can see he has got comments about the images and so on
  • And these are other photographs of his.
  • But it gives you some additional information and says that some rights are reserved.
  • So we want to check that just by hovering on the icons.
  • No derivative works: you can not make an image out of that image and claim it as your own.
  • Non commercial: you can not sell it on.
  • And Attribution: it means you have to put a link in the post
  • To the image all the photographer.
  • So that is all you need to be free to use this particular image.
  • Happy with that, so let us go back and download the image.
  • Just one thing to say about image size.
  • The original size in this case is six hundred and eighty three pixels wide
  • Six hundred and eighty three pixels is probably a bit bigger than the actual post itself.
  • So we do not need it that big.
  • And when you are putting images on the web
  • What you want to do is find the smallest image you can
  • That is big enough.
  • You can make a big image small in WordPress
  • But you can not easily make a small image big.
  • So I am going to think that four hundred and twenty seven pixels wide is big enough for us
  • And I will download that image.
  • This is my browser asking me if I want to open it or save it.
  • I click save, and okay.
  • It tells me up here that the download is complete
  • And this in my browser is an option to show
  • The list of downloaded files.
  • That is the file I have just downloaded and if I right click in that
  • It gives me an option to show it in Finder.
  • If you are using Interenet Explorere I think it is called
  • Windows Explorer on the Windows system
  • Here is our image and the first thing I do, this is the image on my computer, on my hard drive,
  • and the first thing I am going to do is single click in that title
  • And change it to, “Two, dash, happy, dash, children”
  • Now I like to put an image name that is relevant to the image
  • And if you want that image to match a key word,
  • Let us say the post was actually about happiness and happiness is your key word.
  • You would probably put a different name in there
  • Let us actually go with that and put Happiness
  • dash, in, dash, two, dash, children.
  • Let us see how that is.
  • Now that file has downloaded to my downloads folder on the computer and I am going to move it.
  • Because I like to keep all my blog images together.
  • And I keep them in my pictures folder
  • Then I have got a folder called, Blogging and I am just going to drop it in there.
  • And there is that image.
  • So what I have done, is gone to Photopin, found the image, checked the licence, downloaded the size that I want
  • And saved that on my hard drive on the computer.
  • And I know where that image is so that I can find it a bit later on
  • When we look at posting it into an item on WordPress.
  • That is really it for now but I will just show you one more thing.
  • And that is that we are going to need to copy some of this text
  • To post in to our image
  • When we actually display it on the web.
  • And what I need to do is just select this section here.
  • You can just put it into a file but usually I do this all in one go.
  • So I will find this image and then post it into WordPress, into my blog post
  • And then use this text almost straight away.  So I will keep it in my clip-board
  • Because next I am going to do a video on how to insert the image into a post.
  • So that is it for now. Have fun!

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