How to Use Photos to Improve Your Articles

Connie McKinneyStarred Page By Connie McKinney, 12th Nov 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/z5_lb0_0/
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Even well written articles can flop if there are no pictures to illustrate it. Learn how to use the best images so you can draw more eyeballs to your articles.

Take Your Own Pictures


Pictures can make or break your articles. Use the right one, and more people will click on your article. Use a weak or blurry image or no picture at all, and you won't get many readers no matter how well you wrote it.
Some people just use the same picture of themselves to illustrate every article. However, using different images can make your articles stand out more and entice a reader to click on them.
Rule one is to take your own photographs whenever possible. You won't have to worry about copyright infringement.
Use a camera or a cell or Smartphone. Either one will result in a good picture. Use whichever device you're more comfortable with.
Take more than one shot. Shoot your subject from different angles. Step closer. Most people make the mistake of standing too far away. Or use the zoom lens if you have one.
Be aware of the lighting. You may need to use a flash on a cloudy day or inside.Another option is to look for a brightly lit room or turn on some lights if necessary.
If shooting outside, make sure the sun is at your back. Don't allow your subject squint into the sunlight. Instead, ask them to glance to the side slightly.
Here are some more tips for taking great pictures:

Use the Internet to Find Pictures


You can't always take your own shots. In that case, go to Morguefile.com or wikimediacommons
Both sites allow you to use photos located in the public domain - meaning it's OK for anybody to use them. However, be careful with wikimediacommons. Some photos are available for public use but you have to give credit to the photographer and link back to the site. Be sure to properly attribute the photo.
Don't just Google to find photos, or you could run into copyright infringement problems. You may find photos which are not available for public use. Sometimes, you need to get the photographer's permission first.

Select the Best Photos


Think about what type of image would best illustrate your article. An article about gardening might use a close-up of vegetables or flowers. But an article about mountain climbing might be better suited to a broad, panoramic shot of the mountains.
Make sure the photo is clear. Don't use a photo where your subject is too far away or out of focus. Crop photos if necessary.

Don't Be Afraid to Use Yourself in Photos


Sometimes, you are the best subject for your pictures. Don't be shy about using your own pictures. Have a friend or relative take pictures of you if you don't already have some shots of yourself engaging in an activity you are writing about.
For example, I wrote about kayaking earlier this year. One of the photos I used was of my husband, Joe; and myself kayaking in Maine.
Using yourself as the photo subject lends credibility to your article. Readers can see for themselves that I really have gone kayaking and may have some useful advice to share with them.
Keep shooting your own photos. Don't be afraid to get up close and personal with your subjects, and always look for the light.

Attribution


The video came from YouTube.
The step photo came from Morguefile.
I took the other photos myself.
I learned most of these tips from trial and error.

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Article Writing, Articles, Photo, Photography, Photography Editing, Photography Tips, Photos, Picture, Pictures, Pictures And Images

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author avatar LOVERME
13th Nov 2013 (#)

very good and sound advice
... on fb anyone can share
so many snaps ...as all the fb says ''share!'' some guys will ask you why and would want you to remove them ...just do it .No hassles why did one share
.Well these are my views But do give credit ....as you say

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author avatar Michelle Stanley
13th Nov 2013 (#)

My images are from wikimediacommons, but I like your suggestions and will try try to take my own photos. Your tips for taking good pics will be useful. Nice posting. Michelle

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author avatar Clarence Schreiber
13th Nov 2013 (#)

Great article and I agree. Thanks for the share.

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
13th Nov 2013 (#)

Good evening, Connie. Great advice and I really do need to get more comfortable taking photos for illustration, although I do make about 75% of my images in the form of tables and smart art as they lend themselves to my types of articles. ~Marilyn

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
13th Nov 2013 (#)

excellent piece indeed Connie thank you...I love pictures and I also love to paint pictures with words which I think can oft illustrate....

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author avatar Connie McKinney
13th Nov 2013 (#)

Thanks, Michelle. Glad this was helpful for you.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
13th Nov 2013 (#)

Thanks, Clarence.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
13th Nov 2013 (#)

Thanks, Marilyn. Yes, tables are a good way to illustrate the topics you write about. It works well.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
13th Nov 2013 (#)

Carolina, you really do paint pictures with words. You're also very creative in your use of photos and videos.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th Nov 2013 (#)

Thank you Connie for a lovely post and the tips - I have been relying on Wikimedia Commons for pictures - maybe time to step up eventually to my own - step by step - siva

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author avatar Connie McKinney
13th Nov 2013 (#)

Siva, you should definitely try taking some of your own photos. You would do great. As you said, take one step at a time.

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author avatar Williamsji
13th Nov 2013 (#)

Very useful and informative, Thanks and Regards
WILLIAMSJI MAVELI

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author avatar Legend
13th Nov 2013 (#)

Goodand important advice!

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author avatar Connie McKinney
13th Nov 2013 (#)

Thank you so much, Williamsji and Legend.

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author avatar Carol
13th Nov 2013 (#)

Very helpful tips Connie, I sometimes use my own, and sometime Wikipedia

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author avatar Connie McKinney
13th Nov 2013 (#)

You've had some great photos, especially of the new kittens, Carol. You're a good photographer. Thanks so much.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
13th Nov 2013 (#)

Outstanding advice...it is such fun too...;0)-great article Connie-thanks...

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author avatar Connie McKinney
13th Nov 2013 (#)

Thanks, Delicia. You take wonderful shots of Maine to illustrate your work. I love all y our photography!

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
14th Nov 2013 (#)

Great article! I've been unfollowing people who just post quick articles with no pictures ever. Once in a while, no pictures is fine. But every time indicates taking NO TIME to WRITE it RIGHT! Sharing this via Twitter!

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author avatar Connie McKinney
14th Nov 2013 (#)

Thanks so much, Phyl.

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author avatar Ptrikha
15th Nov 2013 (#)

Some very good tips. At times, I have found even the information on Wikipedia as confusing regarding the photographs regarding their copyright expiry and how to use them for specific country.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
15th Nov 2013 (#)

Thanks, Ptrikha, for your comments.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
17th Nov 2013 (#)

Interesting and educational post, very interesting and useful as well

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author avatar Connie McKinney
17th Nov 2013 (#)

Thanks so much, Fern.

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author avatar Retired
19th Nov 2013 (#)

Thank you so much for this. I am glad it got to be a star page. Very important grammar points.

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author avatar writestuff
30th Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks for this informative article. I just started using my own photos, but I'll now also try You Tube & Morgue file.

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