Why cite Stock Photos?
As writers we want and should get paid for our work. Photographers feel the same. So if this is true why do so many of them “give” their work away on sites like Unsplash and Pexels?
They do it for exposure.
We writers are also familiar with this scam. Giving away a free book in hopes of a review or to sell the sequel is one of the most common pieces of marketing advice for writers. How disappointed were you when 100 free downloads resulted in zero new reviews? Especially since posting a review would costs nothing?
Citing stock photos also costs you nothing.
How to Cite your photos
Citing Photos in WordPress is easy if you get your photos from Unsplash
When you download a photo, a popup appears with the citation information.
There are two options, but the easiest and cleanest in WordPress is to click the “copy”
Now, upload your photo
Using the “Visual” editor, click on the photo to add a caption:
Click on the speech bubble and paste the text into the box.
What if I am using Adobe Spark?
One of the best features of Adobe spark is the easy access to searchable stock photos right in the program, but the source information for these photos is a little hidden.
First step is to identify the photo that you are using for your graphic
At the top of each photo is a small oval with three icons
Click “view original source.” This will take you to the photo’s page on Unsplash where you will be able to follow the steps above. If the photo comes from another source, there will likely still be citation information available with the photo. Unfortunately, many of these sites do not embed the links meaning you will have to add them manually if you want to include them.
Citing stock photos is a free way to support photographers, and it only takes a few seconds. Give credit where credit is due. Cite your stock photos
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