Important tips, websites, and rules to ensure that the use of pictures in your work is a rewarding experience.
I was recently asked how does one add a picture to a published poem through Triond? Instinctively I knew that this question needed to be answered through a broader forum by publishing an article about it so that others could benefit as well as the inquirer. It is a great question because as the saying goes “a picture is (truly) worth a thousand words”.
While we as writers can create some of the most elaborate and intricately laced pieces of literary artwork, pictures can undoubtedly add a dimension to our work that words alone cannot compete with. Words alone, as we all know, can be quite limiting. Sometimes pictures and music for example capture feelings and emotions that are far beyond the range of the words found in our dictionaries. Symbolically, this is why our world needs the voice, the talent, and beauty of each and every person’s contributions. Our world would not be the same if we did not have such a broad range of diversity and beauty.
When you submit work to Triond, it is a simple as copying and pasting a picture into the word document containing the poem or article of your choice.
You can choose the location you would like a picture(s) to appear in. Placement of the picture is a strategic choice. Sometimes placement at the very beginning of your work acts as a second hook (after your title hook) to further capture your audience and “set the stage” for your work. Placing a picture in the middle of your work can help solidify your reader’s attention. As studies indicate, the average person’s attention span is 20 minutes. If you write longer articles, pictures can potentially add a “refresher/breather” to buy your reader more attention span time with your work.
Be sure to add the picture link as the source if it is not your own work. Just like you need to cite any sources you have quoted or utilized for your work, so too must you do so for photographic work. It is not your work and Triond must be made aware that it is not.
There are some photo sites that will allow you to use the talented work of the photographers with some specific requirements (i.e. just add the source link). I have started my own blog called Make the Most of Your Time. Because I wanted to make sure I was following legal copyright rules as completely as possible I did some research and found some sites that cater to internet writers. Photographers benefit from having their work utilized in bigger forums and writers benefit from the priceless value pictures offer their work.
The following are a few sites that will be of interest to you:
At Flickr’s Creative Common’s section there are several different categories of pictures where photographers can publish their work. To utilize work that you only need to site the photographer’s name choose the photographs from the Attribution License section. It’s easy to find the perfect picture for your needs through keyword searches. I am a great fan of this site and faithfully utilize it for my blogs and now my work with Triond. The quality and variety of pictures in my opinion is superb.
This site offers a broad range of pictures that are sure to add spice and interest to your work. Take the time to choose between work that is both free and open for a small fee.
Still another great photography site that offers quality work for you to choose from is DreamsTime. Search through the wide variety of work. There are pictures you can find for free or little to next to nothing to use in your work.
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