Using Google Images

Source image to the one : By Bronwynne Gwyneth Anne Jones , CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0

One of the most common misconceptions that people have about using images online is that you can use whatever image you find when you search. That is simply not true. All images are copyrighted the minute they are created. They are owned by the photographer or artist. In many cases, images that end up online are used by people without permission from the owner of the image. This is a common practice that is, in fact, illegal. So, what can you do if you are putting together that killer presentation and you find the greatest image ever, but it’s not yours? You could reach out directly to the person who owns the image to ask for permission, although that could be difficult depending on where the image came from. However, there are ways to find images where the creators have already given permission for various kinds of use (so long as you give attribution to the creator.) These images are licensed under Creative Commons. There is a special page on their site for media searches or you can do a Google Image search and then use the search tools to limit your results by usage rights. Regardless of the method, it’s much better to find images that you can legally use.

Special thanks to Judy Van Alstyne for her mad proofing skills!

Tech Tuesday 3.18.14 – Backing Up Your Photos

One of the most common questions I get from people is “What is the best way to backup my photos?” There are quite a few options that you can choose from. Not backing up, should not be one of them. Digital photos are great, but if they are only stored in one location, a hard drive failure can destroy years of awesome images and memories. Here are some options for you.

  1. Use an external hard drive. External drives have become cheap. All you have to do is plug in and drag the photos to the hard drive. Many hard drives come with software that will do automated backups, so all you have to do is set it up and plug it in. If you are an Apple user, you have an amazing backup system built into your operating system, it’s called Time Machine. After you set it up the first time, all you have do is plug in and it makes incremental backups of your entire hard drive. An external drive can also fail, but it’s better than keeping everything one place.
  2. Cloud storage. There are a ton of options to choose from. Dropbox, Box.com, Google Drive, OneDrive, Mozy, Carbonite…the list is extensive. The prices for all of these will vary but they are all pretty reasonable. A few of them like Dropbox and Google Drive will offer a limited amount of free storage. All of these options are accessible from any device or computer with internet access. The nice part about cloud storage is, you don’t have to worry about hard drive failure. They are safe.
  3. Photo sharing services. This is my favorite option and Flickr is my favorite choice. Flickr now gives all users 1 TB of storage for free! This is amazing. The iOS app also had a nice update that makes it even easier to upload images directly to Flickr. Photo sharing services give you options to upload pictures that can be public or private. Some even have some basic editing features. There are several options when it comes to photo sharing and storage services. This post by The Verge.com does a great job of breaking down the different providers in this category.

The bottom line, BACK UP your photos! I would highly recommend Flickr as a place to store and share your images. If you have any other ideas or suggestions about backing up, please share them in the comments below.