Posts Tagged ‘photography’

Photo of Creative Commons logo projected on a screen


At work I routinely get asked if we’ve got a photo bank – folks in our Department are always looking for ways to add imagery to their web pages or pamphlets or whatever other type of marketing or communications materials they are working on.

We don’t have a corporate photo bank, haven’t for years. Shrinking budgets and overextended resources are to blame. No money to acquire imagery, and no one to manage the licensing and whatnot.

Creative commons to the rescue?

CC licensed images could really help out us govt communicator types always struggling to add some visual interest to stuff thats frequently very dry. And without the cost or time involved to acquire the rights to traditional commercial photography.

I haven’t yet fully thought this through, but since we’re generally not about marketing in the service of making a buck, it would seem like CC licensed images would be a natual fit. And thanks to Creative Commons Canada, it’s really easy to search for CC content.


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Industry Canada in Toronto

(source: rguerra on Flickr, posted on 13 Aug 2005)

Was curious to see what kind of footprint Industry Canada has on Flickr, so I went searching… and this is the best (of three in total!) Creative Commons shots that I could come up with. There are some other pix with more traditional copyrights attached to them (like this one of the building where I work), but nothing else that I can repost.

Actually, this photo is a puzzle – why would anyone find this interesting enough to first take a picture of and then go through the trouble of actually posting? As an example of typical government approach to displays? As a cautionary tale of how not to overburden your display with too much text? Then again, maybe this tells a story that doesn’t come through in 500 X 375 pixels…

Anyhow, the lack of an Industry Canada presence on Flickr makes me wonder if there’s any value in setting up a Flickr account where all the photos posted to the front page of the www.ic.gc.ca Web site also get posted, perhaps with pithy commentary. Might help to humanize what we do.

Aside: the photographer’s comment for this photo was the funniest search result that I got.

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This blog is pretty drab ain’t it?

I’m gonna try to overcome that by using this formula:

Flickr + Creative Commons = Images (that are better than my posts LOL).

I’ve noticed how lotsa folks snag great shots from Flickr and post them on their blogs. But how to find decent shots without going crazy trying to sift through more than 2 billion images? (That mind-boggling number according to Flickr’s community manager Heather Champ — h/t Brian Oberkirch.)

So, a little poking around on the internets and I found this handy handy tutorial on how to do it.

Here’s the coles notes version of the tutorial: Go to the Creative Commons “Attribution license” search page on Flickr. You can snag photos under this CC license and use them at will — all you need to do is credit the source by linking back to their Flickr profile.

Nice work also by Flickr to enable the community to easily do this kind of thing.

Time to get visual:

Is a Flickr image good if its thumbnail isn’t?

(Photo: kevindooley)

Found this via an attribution license search on “get visual.” Interesing shot. Plus the photographer talks about Marshall McLuhan in his comments on the photo. Good enough for me!

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