Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Photo Credits and Wikimedia

The best photos to go with your articles are ones you take yourself, but, if they didn't come out well or you couldn't get any at all, you can look for pictures on Wikimedia.

Other photos you find on the Web are probably copyrighted, which means someone owns them and other people aren't allowed to use them. We could get in trouble if you used a photo that belongs to someone else.

Wikimedia makes photos available for people to use, though you have to be a little bit careful, because some of the pictures say "noncommercial use" or "not for commercial use," which means we can't use them because YVNY is a business. (You can use them for your personal blog or for a paper at school.)
If it says "public domain" or "Creative Commons" it's okay for us. But you still have to give the photographer credit.

Here's where you find that information:

Then, when you add the photo to the YVNY Image Library, you'll see in the right hand rail, a place to put the photographer's name. Don't just add the name -- add the word "photo" and a colon, like this:
(The other boxes above that one are filled in automatically)

If you or a parent or a sibling or someone else took the photo, you'd put their name in the same way.

One more thing: When you do a book review, you can take a book cover from the Internet and you don't have to add a photo credit. Same with posters for a move review. Just make sure it's an actual book cover or poster, not something someone else drew or a photo of the book.

You can also use logos, the images businesses use. For instance, if you went to the American Museum of Natural History, you could use their logo, though that place is so full of great things to photograph that I hope the logo wouldn't be the only picture you had!

Every story should have photos. Otherwise, people probably won't read it!