How to Use Licensed Photographs for Free

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, but it’s also true that some pictures are worth thousands of dollars. Many bloggers will tell you that it’s a good idea to include a relevant picture with most of your blog posts, but the average blogger cannot afford to pay the expensive royalties for high end photos.

Sure, you could just jump into your favorite search engine and pull out some pictures that way, but you could just as easily run into all sorts of copyright issues should you take that route. Thankfully, there is an equally easy way to get pictures that is 100% legal and 100% free. It’s called PicApp.

Discovering a World of Free Photos

Some of you may already be familiar with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and how it protects the copyright of digital content found online. If you chose to pull and use a protected image from a website without the right permission, you could run into a whole world of legal issues. That’s why PicApp could be a more suitable solution.

How to Use Licensed Photographs for Free

Going through the PicApp library, you will find literally millions of photos at your fingertips. These premium pictures come at no cost to you, thanks to special agreements that PicApp has made with the copyright owners. The pictures come from Corbis, Getty Images, and other similar sources.

By using a picture from PicApp, you agree to the terms and conditions. For example, you must link back to the PicApp site each time.

How Does It Work?

To get a better sense of what PicApp is all about and how it works, watch the brief video overview embedded here.

You can browse through the photo galleries, view the most recent uploads, and so forth. Naturally, you can also perform a search based on your chosen terms. For example, here are the results I got when I searched for a picture of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning.

How to Use Licensed Photographs for Free

Integration with WordPress Blogs and More

When I click on any individual image, I am provided with more information, like the date and location, as well as the important code options for embedding image in a blog. Here is the pop-up that I got on an image of Roberto Luongo at the poker table.

How to Use Licensed Photographs for Free

The “image code” is regular HTML and should be compatible with most blogging platforms. It also contains a brief snippet of Javascript, search engine optimized tags, and a link back to the image page on PicApp. You can also define your alignment settings and choose from the three available sizes.

Here is a live example of an embedded image using this method. You can also choose to download the new PicApp WordPress plugin for your self-hosted blog.

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Underneath the standard image code is a special shortcode for blogs. This is a more recent development and it is one that has been highlighted on the official WordPress blog.

One of the key differences is that you get a photo slideshow underneath the embedded image if you use this method instead. This can provide extra value for your readers, since they can view all of the related images from PicApp right from your blog.

An Invaluable Resource for Bloggers

Many bloggers seem to think that they are immune to any copyright infringements. They think that they can get away with using any kind of “borrowed” content that they’d like, but this is just as illegal as software piracy.

If you want to avoid any legal gray areas, the powerful image resource from PicApp seems to be just the ticket. You get access to millions of licensed photos and none of them will cost you a penny. They’re all high quality too, but you are restricted to maximum width of 500 pixels. The WordPress integration, both for and self-hosted blogs, is quite good too.