Kerrie's Blog: Pictures For Your Blog Posts

Pictures For Your Blog Posts

Keep your blogs eye popping by including a picture or two.  If you're blogging about a listing get out there and take some pictures of your own to use in your post.  

Sometimes you just need a row of mailboxes or a holiday photo of sorts.  Maybe a shot of the NYC skyline.  Do not Google "new york skyline" and use any image that pops up. Most are copyrighted and can get you in trouble. Never use an image you do not have proper authorization to use; and if you're not sure then err on the side of caution and don't use it!

Freedigitalphoto.net is a great site to find stock images for almost anything you can think of.  A simple spam captcha is the only thing keeping you from downloading your image in seconds.  I use this site 90% of the time and just love it.

Flickr: Creative Commons allows you to search and find images free to use.  Type in your subject in the top right search bar and hit enter.  Then, click Advanced Search in blue under that same box.  Scroll down and check the "Only search with Creative Commons-licensed content" and then hit search again.

Wylio is pretty cool too.  You can search for any image, once you're logged in via Google.  It allows you to resize your image if you choose to do so on their site.  Then, you download the image to your computer with the photo credit automatically attached to it.  Easy as pie!

If you need to crop, merge or add text to an image try using iPiccy.  It's free, no registration needed and allows you to make the perfect picture for your blog post.  You can change the colors, size and so much more.  Save it to your computer and then easily upload your image, banner or icon to your posts.

 

 

 

 

The message here is to include pictures in your posts.  Don't get frustrated if you can't find the right one because you make an image your own in iPiccy.  Rest easy knowing you're not ripping anybody off.

Kerrie La Guardia
Community Manager
ActiveRain

   

Comment balloon 32 commentsKerrie La Guardia • June 03 2013 10:46AM

Comments

Kerrie,

I agree, pictures are important. They add another layer to a post. The pictures you take yourself might not be professional quality but they share not only the image in the picture but also a little bit of who you are.

Posted by Trisha Bush-LeFore, Providing Realtor Services in the Walla Walla Area (Preferred Properties Land & Homes) over 5 years ago

Kerrie, Love ipiccy!  And thanks for the tip on the other sites.  Our subscription to iclipart.com doesn't always give us the ideal stock photo or graphic.

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) over 5 years ago

Thanks for the tips Kerrie on some place to get photography for your blogs!

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 5 years ago

Hi Kerrie - and when in doubt, use your own --- they may not be the best but they are original.   

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 5 years ago

Kerrie,

A blog without pictures can tend to be a little boring. I use some pretty unique graphics from presenter media. Love the new tagline... Have you kissed the blogger today?

Rich

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 5 years ago

Kerrie, I am always looking for sites to get pictures from so thank you for these.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 5 years ago

Kerrie -- thanks for these suggestions to help keep us all on the legal side of the copyright issue!

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) over 5 years ago

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Posted by marti garaughty, a highly caffeinated creative type... (garaughty.com) over 5 years ago

I am sending cease and desist letters about once a month now.  Recently had another broker say "well if they pulled it off the internet they can use it"  Dip Turd.  Of course the letter from my attorney with the copyright registration number convinced him otherwise. 

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 5 years ago

Kerrie,

Thanks for the great tips, we have used Dreamstime.com, and they have great photos.  They are inexpensive and perfect for blog posts. A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 5 years ago

Kerrie, thanks for the photo assistance. I also have a subscription to iclipart but as said previously, it doesn't always have exactly what I'm looking for. Kerrie, this should be featured.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) over 5 years ago

Hi Kerrie - Thanks for the links - I can always use new sources of free photos, and I haven't heard of Wylio before.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) over 5 years ago

I don't know how I ever survived before I discovered IPiccy. It's that helpful!

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) over 5 years ago

Kerrie...With the age of digital, no reason not to use your own photo's

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 5 years ago

I have been wondering where everyone has been getting their clip art from! Thank you for the suggestions. One more thing to check out this week!

Posted by Lisa Friedman, 29 Years of Real Estate Experience! (Great American Dream Realty) over 5 years ago

That's great Kerrie!  Thanks!  What a variety of photos and ones that can be safely used.  You have provided a Best Practice!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 5 years ago

Wylio. New one. Good one. Thanks! Photos make everything worthwhile!

Posted by Brad MacKenzie, Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore (Brad MacKenzie) over 5 years ago

Thanks for the list, Kerrie, and the tempting pies.  Yum!

My dilemma is how to upload photo using iPad.  No matter what I do the photo goes where it wants to go on the page.  I want the title and introduction before the picture, but the iPad has a mind of its own. 

So far, I have found that the iPad is good for comments, but not for writing a post that includes a photo unless I want the photo to appear before the words.

Any suggestions?

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) over 5 years ago

Mary - Are you clicking "View full version of ActiveRain"?  If so, I don't know why the iPad wouldn't allow you to align the photos just like a laptop.  I know Pat Kennedy uses hers to post.  Reach out to her and ask what the deal is.  

I am now going to let my superiors know it is crucial for me to get an iPad so we don't run into these problems again :)

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) over 5 years ago

Kerrie ~> I have run into the same problem as Mary spoke about but will look to make sure I have the full version up. Hope you can talk the superiors into getting you an iPad *winks*

Posted by Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses... (Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty) over 5 years ago
Thanks, Kerrie. Yes, I always use the Full Version. I will touch base with Pat Kennedy for her input. Thanks.
Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) over 5 years ago

Kerrie, my apologies... but I must have missed the post, or the memo, that explains the stuff I just noticed tonight in this comment section.

This "Captcha" stuff.  And ONCE is not enough, apparently.  It is here twice.  It takes up almost the full screen when I am making this comment.

Is there someone, or even a bunch of folks in the IT department there who need stuff to do, and invented this "problem" they have offered this "fix" for?  I am sorry, it really junks-up the post.  Is there a need?

Why would I be wanting to drag envelopes or airplanes into this teal-colored circle?

Sorry to be appearing negative... but once more, in my opinion, something has been fixed that was not broken.

And again... I just spent ten minutes looking to see if I missed the AR post that explained what this silliness is, but could not find it.

Why do we need this?

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 5 years ago

Great sites to refer too!  Love this tips, so useful.  Thank you

Posted by Jeff Fisher, RE/MAX Fine Properties (RE/MAX Fine Properties) over 5 years ago

Karen Anne - The Captchas are new and improved and in place to better prevent spam.  They should not be showing to you when you're logged in and IT is working on removing them.

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) over 5 years ago

Kerrie:  Two things.  First, they are showing at first when I read the post, and am about to make a comment.  So, just testing it myself, I have been using it to subscribe to the comment, and to submit it. 

I have changed my opinion.  It is just fine now that I am used to it... and I use it every time that I have made a comment.  Sorry to have been somewhat negative at first.  In the past, I have rarely gotten any spam at all... so if my using it helps others... cool.

ps... I have tried to return your call twice, but I am SURE you are quite busy.  I am so pleased for the two of you.  :)

(by the way... it is even there right now... a "leaf" above this comment, and a "foot" below... to drag on over to the teal circle.  Not a problem at all.  :)

ps... if you take request for future symbols... could you please add one for me.  A Dairy Queen chocolate-covered cherries Blizzard would do nicely.  <yum>

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 5 years ago

I use our own photographs in blogs. (I sometimes use photographs taken by Dolores).  We do store them in Flickr. With Flickr, we can select a size and copy and paste to the blogs.  We welcome connections on Flickr.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/royanddoloreskelley/  

Many of the photographs that we use in blogs are also posted on Pinterest.  

http://pinterest.com/roykelley/

I have over 30,000 photographs in Facebook albums. 

https://www.facebook.com/roykelley/photos_albums

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) over 5 years ago
Kerrie, thanks for the photo website tips. Early on I used photos that I thought were free...I'm going through them now getting rid of them. Using my own photos these days!
Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL) over 5 years ago

Kerrie,  I always use photos in posts and always my own photos.  There is an issue with photos and the borders disappearing in draft.  I called yesterday.  It's been happening to me for 3 days now.  Not sure why that is.  

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL - (561) 716-7824 - CRS, ABR, GRI (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) about 5 years ago

Elyse - Sorry about that, a ticket has been submitted to IT last week but I don't have an ETA for a fix quite yet.  You can use ipiccy or another photo editing tool to add a border for now.

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) about 5 years ago

The post and comments were filled with good information!  I need to expore some of these photo sources.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 5 years ago

It is time for you to write another blog on the use of pictures and other images in blogs. Some bloggers are using internet pictures without authorization.

Have a great summer. I always appreciate your comments on my blogs.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) about 5 years ago
Kerrie - It's just easier most of the time to take my own photos. No worries then. Plus if I didn't, the boys wouldn't get as much practice getting their picture taken.
Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) about 5 years ago

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