Category Archives: My Images In Use

A Close Call And Images Found

Whoa! I had a close call with my new computer the other night!
I was coupon stock photossearching for my images being used on the web and one of the sites was hiding a virus of some kind!Ā  Good thing I keep a computer guy around. šŸ˜€

firehydrant stock photosfirehydrant stock photosD took over my computer and beat the virus before it had time to do anything. I’ve searched for my images being used dozens of times and have had no problem but you know this one infected site would have to pop up in the search after I get a new computer.

There are some crazy people out there who will do stupid things just because they can. I guess they neverĀ  got the “just because you can doesn’t mean you should” speech.

Well; the close call aside I had some good luck finding images this time. I think I found about 24 pages using them! From my best selling healthcare image with the assorted medications to those ever popular shots of the open fire hydrant,Ā one of theĀ coupon stock photos and even the colorful glass marbles on a game of Chinese checkers! Who doesn’t love colorful glass marbles?

health care medication pills stock photosIt’s good to know that there are people out there who appreciate what you haveĀ created and have a use for it. I always love finding an image or two being used.

I just don’t love computer viruses.

Oh; if you like the KKH Photos Facebook page and click on “Photos” then “Albums” you’ll find an album called “KKH Photos ~ On The Web”.Ā  That’s where I’ve put all those screen shots of web pages using my images! I’m pretty excited to say that album is starting to fill in nicely. šŸ˜€

Have a great day everyone. I’m off to sort through a handful of shots from the weekend. Hope I got a keeper or two!

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Are Royalty-Free Images Free?

Are royalty-free images free?

No.

Royalty-free does not mean an image can beĀ used for free.

Royalty-free means that after a license fee has been paid the image may be downloaded and used according to the type of license you have purchased.

Just because you can save an image, that you see on a stock photo site or any otherĀ site, to your computerĀ itĀ doesn’t mean that you have any rights to use it.

Didn’t your mother ever tell you… Just because you can doesn’t mean you should!

I spent a little time the other night searching for a few of my images that are available over at Dreamstime.com and found several of them being used online. I’ll post something about those tomorrow. For today I am posting about the images I found being used that still had the stock site’s watermarks on the face of the images.

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Once you pay for the license to use an image from a stock photo site,Ā or pay for a personal use or web use download directly from a photographer’s site, or pay for a print to be delivered to your home the watermark will not be visible.

If you see an image that is being used and it still has a watermark on it odds are that the user has not gotten permission from the photographer to use that image. [Yes I know that on these small copies of screen shots it’s hard to see the watermarks; but they are there.]

Capture14When I post images online I add my watermark so that if anyone is interested in the image they will know who to get in touch with if they would like to use the image. Many many many photographers out there do the same.

A watermark can be thought of as the wrapper around the poster. Pay for the poster and you can take the wrapper off… pay for an image use license and the watermark goes away.

It’s funny how someone who wouldn’t even consider walking into Wal-Mart and stealing a poster to hang on their wall sees nothing wrong with stealing a digital image to “hang” on their website orĀ  social media pages.

Capture21Capture22Let’s get the idea out of our heads that photography is free. It most definitely is not. Royalty-free does not mean use for free.

For my fellow photographers out there who have also had images stolen- Popular Photography has a great article on what you can do about it.