Need a photo for a card? A blog post? To make a poster for a social network? Pixabay is one of the most popular websites to get one for free, or a VERY reasonable price!
Most of the time I use my own photography for my work. Almost as often, I use my sister's pics (Alicia Phillips, of On Story Street) instead. She frequently accompanies me on interviews and works the camera so I don't have to. It's a big help and I appreciate it.
Although both of us are adept photographers, we don't always have an appropriate photo to incorporate into every article I write. When that happens, my new fav resource for an alternative source is Pixabay.
Beyond excellent photos and a huge collection to chose from, it's Pixabay's other features that won me over. My thanks to WarnerWords for producing an article that enlightened me about the special features Pixabay offers to their users.
Recently Victoria Warner featured an article on WarnerWords about online gratuities for indie biz owners whose work is largely available via the internet. If you understand the value of the indie biz community, and the value tipping for work well done, I encourage you to check out not only the WarnerWords article but also one on marcoujor's musings as well. Both provide fast and excellent reading on this subject. Just click the titles below to access them.
What's so cool about Pixabay?
Pixabay coolness is about more than just images...
They have over 450,000 pics for you to choose from. You just type inside the search bar what sort of image you're looking for and Pixabay will populate your screen with multiple choices of images that fit your request.
You can also browse via their editors' choice, or by your favorite Pixabay photographers.
Below those options you can search by categories Pixabay has already outlined for you.
Below is search I did while writing this post. I requested images of horses. This is a portion of the first set of images Pixabay populated for me and there were many more pages of images to choose browse through.
The above pic is the Pixabay profile page for indie photographer, Leon_Ting. I used one of Mr. Ting's photos recently (the one in the far right, with the lemon, honey and ginger) in a flashPress article.
I needed a cool pic, featuring honey as an organic therapy. The above pic was the perfect fit for my post on femme's Desk titled, Farmacopeia: Honey helps! ☺
Once I snagged the photo in the size I needed, Pixabay made it possible for me to leave a message to the photographer, thanking him for the use of his image, and to let him know where it'd be published. I was also able to follow his work as a new fan, and be notified when he publishes new images.
Past alllllll that, I was able to leave him a tip!
Woohoo! KACHING! for Mr. Ting!
That's the awesome-sauce for the Pixabay photographers, their fans and the folks who use their work. Pixabay made it super easy to tip Mr. Ting for the use of his photo, via PayPal.
Something I want to point out here while I'm at it, it isn't required to attribute a photo to the photographers who supply them via Pixabay, but it'd be huge-whopping lame not to. On flashPress any photo I didn't take is attributed to the photographer or website that did provided it.
For the users who download these artists' work, incorporate them into their own projects and fail to recognize the photographers who supply the images ... well, that just ain't right.
Indie Biz Networking
Easy and nearly unlimited methods of networking is one of the most wonderful aspects of the indie biz community. It's enjoyed and employed by both the business owners and their clients. This article is an example of that. I learned about Pixabay's tipping option via an article on WarnerWords. Since then, I've had the privilege of featuring the works of several indie photographers who have images available on Pixabay. From there I've been able to give them recognition/promotion on flashPress to many readers who may be easily inclined to check out their work for themselves.
It works for everyone involved from every angle and is easy-peasy to do.
That's it for this one!
Hope you'll check out the WarnerWords and marcoujor's musings articles as well as give Pixabay a visit. If you're not already, maybe you'll be those sites newest fan.
'Til next time, God bless you, thanks for the read and please don't forget to thank a veteran at your next opportunity!
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