Shannon Steven (2011)
Hey all. So I would like some advice today!
I am in a bit of a quandary at the moment – a quandary about photos!
I like using photos in my posts. I like using COLOURFUL bright photos in my posts. BUT. I don’t generally take a lot of colourful bright photos, and my picture quality is never QUITE what I want it to be for this kind of thing.
So generally I scour the net looking for photos that I can use. However, there is a problem with copyright there. I used to email the owners of the photos and ask permission to use them, but generally speaking these artists didn’t generally bother to reply, or if they did it would be maybe a week or two after when I wanted to use the photo, and I’m kind of more of an ‘on the fly’ kinda girl – ie. I don’t plan my posts that far in advance!
So using someone elses photos – generally not an awesome idea if you don’t credit them properly (which, ah, yeah I don’t. I just link to them because sometimes tracking down the original artist on the internet is a bit of a BIG time consuming job.)
(Yeah. I know, I know. Not good enough!)
(Plus I’d be pissed off If someone did the same to me.)
(Do unto others and all that jazz.)
So my quandary is this: how do I use photos on my blog without also wasting a lot of time trying to get written permission from each artist? (I say wasting time because the number of non-replies I’ve had so far certainly don’t feel like time well spent.) OR is this a no-brainer: meaning – DON’T.
I’m leaning towards the DON’T at the moment. Mostly because I just got a perfectly polite message from someone who saw I’d used one of their photos (linked back to the source – as per usual) and asked me to remove it because permission wasn’t given, and accreditation wasn’t done properly.
Perfectly understandable, because he was completely in the right, and I was completely in the wrong.
So what do you guys do when you want to use photos? Do you only use your own? Or do you seek permission first? And how do you correctly attribute them? Like, is a screen name and a link enough? Or do you email the person for full names, dates, and copy-right information?
I am confused!
BUT also a little annoyed at myself because come on Shannon! You should know this stuff already! and besides stealing photos isn’t nice, and I am a nice person. Mostly. Besides: I don’t want to ever get caught in that situation again! Lesigh.
I’m hoping I’m not going to have to stick with only using my own photos because: Ugh. My camera’s not quite what I wish it was, I don’t have photoshop – so I can’t really edit the way I want to, and I don’t generally get to spend a lot of time on photography.
So anyway: Enlighten me please!! How do you do it? DO you do it? (Use other people’s photos I mean!)