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Do you add images to your blog posts? Images attract the interest of your readers and make your posts more memorable. It is also useful to have images in your presentations.
Finding images that you have permission to use can be tricky. It is illegal to copy and paste pictures from the Internet if they are not in the public domain. I prefer to use my own images. I know I have permission to use them. Occasionally I don't have a good picture to use for a blog post. I subscribe to a clipart site that gives me permission to use photos on EnglishClub.com without providing credit to the photographer. The images from this clipart site are okay, but not great. There is an annual fee to use these photos.
A great place to find excellent FREE photos for your blogs is ELT Pics. This is a flickr collection made by English language teachers for English language teachers. English learners also have permission to use these pictures for educational purposes (not for commercial purposes). The pictures on ELT Pics are in the Creative Commons. You can use the pictures, but you have to credit the photographer and the source. You do this by:
1) adding the name of the photographer (and a link to his/her twitter account, website, or blog if available)
2) adding a link to the original source (ELT Pics gallery)
Watch the video to see exactly how to use ELT Pics for your blog posts.(Refresh the page or try the link above if you don't see the video below.) Thank you for respecting the rights of photographers around the world. If you have any questions, please let me know.
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