If you wonder how to find images for your blog, or you use Flickr photos for your blog posts, Photo Pin is a handy tool that allows you to search Flickr and grab the attribution in one fell swoop. Handy.
Before I show you the how-to video, I should mention that it’s good to assume images you see online are copyrighted. Just because an image is on the internet does not mean it’s free to use. In the video I will show you how to check the license for an image you find.
Can’t see the video? Watch it here.
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Alright, here’s how to use Photo Pin:
- Type in your search term.
- Specify commercial or non-commercial images in left sidebar.
- Hover over any image to see a preview and click “get photo” when you find one you want to use.
- When you get the popup, I recommend doing Step 2 first which is checking the Creative Commons license. Click on the photo to go to the image page on Flickr where you can see the license details (located in the right column). Make sure the license is one you can live with.
- Go back to Photo Pin and download the size of the image you want to use from the popup. I recommend using the smallest size that works with your design to save on site resources.
- While you’re still on Photo Pin, copy and past the attribution HTML provided in Step 3.
- Go to your blog.
- Upload your image as you normally would into your post.
- Paste the attribution HTML in your post. Make sure you are pasting this bit of HTML in the “HTML” tab or “Text” tab (not the “Visual” tab).
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