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Creating Your Own Photos for Blogging & Social Media

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Do you spend a lot of time searching the Web for just the right photo for your blog and social media posts? Maybe it’s time to create your own photos and graphics. Sometimes, my blog posts require a photo that is just not out there for free (although I found the one for this post pretty quickly).  I’ve tried taking my own photos and designing simple graphic art, and it’s not as hard as you might think.

Each blog post in the list below contains a photo or graphic that I created myself with my digital camera or the camera in my Android phone. I also give a few tips on how I did it.

Photos

  • Book Review: Advice to Writers – I cleared off a table by a window, plopped down my Moleskine notebook, placed the book and pen, snapped the photo, imported into photo software, cropped a little, and uploaded it to the blog.
  • Take a Vacation from Writing? – This shot was taken by my husband (with a better camera) while on our vacation in Minnesota a couple of years ago. BTW—this is Split Rock Lighthouse on Lake Superior.
  • Get Published with Compilation Books – I checked out some Chicken Soup books from the library and photographed them for this post. It took several tries to get a good photo, because I kept getting glare from the flash due to the shiny finish on the covers.

Graphics

  • Free or Premium: That Is the Question – This graphic was created in Word 2007 using the WordArt feature (newer versions of Word have it, too). Once I completed the design, I copied the graphic into my photo software and saved it as a JPG file. Voila—free art for my site! I used the same process for another post, Are Your Photos Legal?
  • New Year, New Plan 2016 – I used the online tool, Picmonkey.com, for this one. There’s a tutorial on how to use the Design feature. It’s a free service, but there are some features that only come with the “Royale” membership (not free). Once your design is finished, you can save it to your computer.
  • Five W’s of Writing series (Who, What, When, Where, Why) – I created five graphics using the same background color and font style on each with PicMonkey. FYI—PicMonkey offers a number of tutorials here.

So, don’t be dependent on photos and graphics you can find on the web. At least, with your own photos, you know there is no problem with copyright. By the way, readers, if you see a photo on my blog that you might want to use, just email me, akinemily(at)gmail.com. If I own the rights to the photo, I’ll send you the original with the stipulation that, if you use it online, you’ll give credit Blog4Writers in your post (similar to what I’ve done below.)

Photo source: Morguefile, http://mrg.bz/N73krq

 

6 Responses to Creating Your Own Photos for Blogging & Social Media

  1. Diana Derringer February 13, 2016 at 9:14 am #

    Great information, Emily. Thank you.

  2. Ruthie Denise February 13, 2016 at 2:56 pm #

    This encourages me to get busy again with my picture taking.

  3. Emily Akin February 13, 2016 at 6:01 pm #

    Thanks for the comment, Ruthie. I’d love to see some of your photos.

  4. Emily Akin February 13, 2016 at 6:02 pm #

    Thanks, Diana. I should have mentioned that my new smartphone takes better pictures than my camera.

  5. Tracy Crump February 14, 2016 at 2:08 pm #

    More great resources. Thanks, Emily!

  6. Emily Akin February 16, 2016 at 7:50 am #

    Thanks for the input, Tracy.

    I may be just a worry-wart, but the whole subject of photos and copyright makes me crazy. That’s why I try to do my own or find photos that clearly state what the conditions of use are.

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