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Want Great Pics for Your Non-Profit? Getty Images Are Now Free!

Image sharing on social media has allowed a never-ending stream of content to flow through the web, with photographers often losing out on receiving proper credit for their work. Getty Images has recently responded to this trend by removing the licensing watermark on many of their images intended for use…

The Power of People in Imagery

Which of the following images do you think would inspire you to purchase energy-efficient light bulbs? If you are anything like the test subjects of an experiment Resource Media ran with the SEE Change Institute, you’d have most likely picked the second image with the person in it. At Resource…

Watermarking photos for Twitter success

Have you ever faced the challenge of squeezing a complicated tweet into 140 characters? And then if you add a photo or visual, it takes up even more space and you find yourself without enough room to credit the photographer appropriately, while also giving context to the link. Twitter’s unique…

Giving credit where credit is due: How to attribute images used on the web

If you are publishing content on the web, or social media sites, you are probably using photos or images you’ve found through a search on the web. Sometimes, it can be tricky attributing photos properly, and it’s important to do so correctly. The reason it’s important to be correct about…

Humans of New York: A big city reclaims its community through visual storytelling

Has "Humans of ___" come to your city yet? It all started when a guy named Brandon Stanton had an idea to take photos of New York City citizens and pin their photos on a map to create a visual representation of his participants’ locations. Humans of New York is…

5 best practices for photo captions that sing

Think about your blog posts. They probably include a photo or two. Hopefully authentic ones from your work. Perhaps taken by staff or volunteers, or crowdsourced from supporters.  If we’re describing your website, congratulations! You are already taking huge steps to draw supporters’ eyes and touch their hearts with smart…

Photo essays that captivate, part 2

This part two in a two-part series on photo essays. Yesterday, I wrote about powerful essays that use just one or two images. Today, I’m going to talk about longer-form photo essays. You probably are familiar with these from online news sites which use slideshows of five to ten images…

Photo essays that captivate

Instant. Emotional. Captivating. Yes, we’re talking about stories. Visual stories to be precise. Traditionally, stories are (hopefully, gripping) text with images to support the storyline. But, what if the story format was flipped to be largely made of images with text included to support the visual story, not vice versa?…

From hoarder to order: Organizing a photo library

I’m a saver. If I see a great photo, I grab it knowing there will be a project down the road it will be perfect for. While I prefer to think of myself as delightfully proactive, my computer desktop is telling me I’m a hot mess. Well, if you’re anything…

After the last shot: Editing tools that maximize impact

There are countless apps and programs today to spiff up your photos and get those eyeballs lingering longer over your pictures, pondering the scene. Movie producers use special effects to wow the crowd, so why shouldn’t you, too? But, we’re not just talking about applying fancy, fun filters like Instagram.…