Picture in Post & Pages

When Should I Use Images in my Posts?

I find that the best use of images are when they are directly related to what you’re writing (e.g. if you’re writing about flowers, then use images of flowers), or when they are somehow metaphorically related (e.g. I wrote an articleAre Alexa And DMOZ Down For The Count?and used the image of a boxer to go with it). This is not to say that you can’t use images otherwise, but when these situations come up, I think it is a given that you should.

I discovered a blog a few months ago calledDoshDoshthat uses images with every post. Maki’s use of manga images keeps his blog colorful and interesting (not to mention his articles are extremly well written and thorough). In this case, placing themed images with all his posts works to build some interest and break up the monotony of the page.

Below are 4 images showing you how different sizes look in the page.

Surfer 400 pixels wide saved at 80% 22 kb

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Surfer 300 pixels wide saved at 80% 14 kb

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Surfer 200 pixels wide saved at 80% 9 kb

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Surfer 100 pixels wide saved at 80% 6 kb

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If you wanted to make a picture Gallery:

Just add your photos the same way but instead of picking full size choose the thumbnail view. Then once in your post click on the edit icon again and choose link to image. We have added a nice lightbox effect for you. Click on the photos below to see how it works.

sam-and-elephant nong-nooch-thailand

Free Photos

Stock photos are an essential part of web and graphic design. There are tons of stock photos agencies that offer high quality photos, however, the price is not always affordable especially when working on a tight budget or sometimes with no budget at all. The solution in this case is finding free stock photos something that isn’t always easy, in order to make this process easier I have compiled a list with sites that offer free stock photos. Lots of these services also provide very cheap licenses for web use usually around a dollar.

Enjoy

 

Stock Exchange (highly recommended)
Morguefile (highly recommended)
Image After
Free Photos Bank
OpenPhoto
BigFoto
USDA
NASA
NOAA
NPS
Earth from Space
FWS1
FWS2
Picture Station
Geek Philosopher
Free Images
Pixel Perfect Digital
FreeFoto
Image Base
Cepolina
Amazing Textures
Texture Warehouse
PDPhoto
Image Blowout
Piotrpix
Mandragora
Fotogenica
Mayang
Free Photo Station
Cromavista
Afflict
Creativity 103
The Photo Repository
Aarin Free Photo
Stockvault
Designpacks
Unprofound
Four Bees
Insect Images
Free media Goo
Burning Well
A digital Dreamer
Freestockphotos.com
Freewebpics
Lightmatter
Majestic Imagery
Triparalbum
Demny Onink
Twice Pix
AboutPixel
Woophy
Pixelquelle
Litetek
PIX
tOfz
Fontplay
Orangetrash
ArtFavor
ImageTemple
LogoDesignweb
Fotodatebank
Bajstock
Pixelbag
NWYH Stock Images

    (Thanks Richard)


PhotoCase

    (Thanks Ingo)


NPS Digital Image Index

    (Thanks Jersu)


Gimp-Savy

    (Thanks Jared)


DeviantArt

Finally don’t forget to visit  Yotophoto Free photos search engine and Flickr (be sure to check the licence before using any of the photos). If you know of any others stock photo resources leave a comment and I will add them to the list.

Forgot this one http://www.123rf.com/freeimages.php

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