Using and properly citing Creative Commons images is a characteristic of good digital citizenship. To cite a CC image…
- First find a picture you want to use that has a CC license. My favorite license to use is CC BY (Attribution) license, which allows for the most freedom. Search for CC BY images here on Flickr. (If you use other CC licenses*, be sure you understand the limits of each.)
- Credit the person who took the photo. I use both the real name and the username when available.
- Help your viewers get back to the original image. Take care so your viewers can find the original image without trouble. Make sure your links are working and go directly to the intended image. Notice on the two images below, both the picture and the title are linked back to the original photo on Flickr.
It really is simple.
That’s just one way to do it. There are other ways too, as long as you follow the licensing agreement.
Thanks to Kris and Laura for sharing their images with a CC license!
Creative Commons is great. However, don’t forget that sometimes, it’s also great to take and use your own photos.
* Other Licenses
CC BY-ND 3.0 – Attribution and no derivatives
CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 – Attribution, non-commercial and share alike
CC BY-SA 3.0 – Attribution and share alike
CC BY-NC 3.0 – Attribution and non-commercial
CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 – Attribution, non-commercial and no derivatives