Social Media · Photography

Where do you find image files to use for your Facebook fan page?

Christopher Kim Product Manager

December 10th, 2014

Learned about Creative Commons but still it's not easy to find decent copyright free photos use for my Facebook fan page. I have three questions:
1. Where do you find great photos to use? 
2. If you have to give credit to the photographer, where do you do it?
3. Anyone knows a decent app/software that would turn whatever I type (text) into word art? 

Helen Adeosun

December 10th, 2014

Yep we use to make beautiful word art (it's our best kept secret). Hubspot published this article on the 49 sources for free great photos, and host photo give aways. There's morguefile and a ton of others that offer also low cost and more. Here is an example: Thank you! Helen Adeosun How can you help little ones avoid food allergens? Check out our Nutrition Class for Healthy Eating and get a certificate! Helen Adeosun Founder and CEO, Office: 781.315.6742 | Cell: 202.378.4546 Like us on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter!

Varun Mehta CEO of Disqovery

December 10th, 2014

Hey Chris, it has been a while!
  1. Don't give up on Creative Commons yet! Have you looked at flickr's advanced search? It lets you filter images based on which ones allow for CC & commercial use, as well as if attribution is required.
  2. For our company blog we just put an attribution field right into the theme. For a Facebook image, I'd probably just modify the image before posting it to include attribution at the bottom.
  3. (no idea)

Jared Zimmerman User Experience Director

December 10th, 2014

Christopher if you're getting images off of wikimedia commons it will show you right below the image how to credit the image, e.g. Showing the license you have to mention and the original author of the content or if it isn't known the uploader. As far as where to include this text on Facebook? Every image, even page banners still have a detail page. Use the description area of that page to show the license and author information. Other than Commons, which is a great resource, you can looks at the Creative Commons licensed content that is in flickr. You can user their advanced search to find these images, just make sure you limit it to images that can be used for commercial purposes.

Tania Retchisky Brand Consultant at MetaDesign

December 10th, 2014

Hello Christopher, I was an art buyer for many years at Saatchi & Saatchi. There are some good banks' image, but you will have to pay something. You can always explain your case and deal something. Here is an example: Very Best, Tania

Clynton Caines SharePoint Developer at Discover Technologies

December 10th, 2014

1. You can always do a search for 'sources of free photos' or something similar... I'm not sure how much of a wild goose chase that might lead to.

These were put to good use within my app. (mainly free below paid listings) (never under-estimate how great these can be!)

2. It depends on the requirements of the license (even CC). Once you find good sources, keep them handy so you don't have to keep reviewing requirements. For my credit info, I put general info on my copyright page (in app and online) - with specific references made available if requested. Let me know if you want the link. I guess it depends on how many sources and how many images you use. I did not use watermarks (self-imposed or otherwise).

3. depends on what you mean by word art - MSWord has some, but...

Alper Cakir

December 12th, 2014

We've written a blog post about this:

Christopher Kim Product Manager

December 10th, 2014

@Helen: is amazing! thanks a lot!!
@Varun: hope you've been well! Seems attribution is required for most photos on Flicker. Thanks for the tip! I agree that it's better to put the attribution right into the theme.

Jake Carlson Software Development Manager at Oracle

December 10th, 2014, etc. Just search for royalty free stock photos.

Sandy Fischler Experiential Marketing Director | Event Producer | Event Management | Entrepreneur

December 10th, 2014

I'll second Canva - it's probably exactly what you're looking for. 

Adnan Aziz CEO & Co-Founder,

December 11th, 2014

Chris, Sounds like you're describing a meme generator? I think you can find some pretty huge libraries out there on imgur and a few other meme websites. These might be helpful for posts.