I use Google photos and I sleep at night

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There's a huge thread here with hundreds (thousands?) of warnings NOT to use photos from Google searches.

Well, I use Google photos and I sleep very well at night, thank you.

Here's what I do.

I search for travel photos. I find a great one that I want to use on my blog or in a book/newsletter, etc.

Then I see where the photo is originally posted. I contact that web site and/or the photographer listed. I send an email to the web site/photographer asking for permission to use the photo with a credit line (this is called going viral).

Haven't been refused once.

I have use of great photos and I sleep at night.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheArticlePros
    That's because you're doing it the right way! The warnings in the other thread (which I also read this morning) are there because a lot of people will just copy the image without ever contacting the image's owner. You have a written record with permission granted, so it sounds like you're safe.

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  • Profile picture of the author anja98
    Thanks for the tips. Any other great source is flickr. We can just contact the photographer directly for permission.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheDollar
    Your going about it fine. That's the proper way to go about it and not copying and pasting peoples copyrighted images. That's the way I'd go about it too.
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  • Profile picture of the author karoubalou
    Yes I agree. You are doing it the right way. When I started reading your post I was afraid but now I confess: Bravo. That is the right thing to do. May I ask you how much do you usually offer and if you ask the original file of the photo?
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  • Profile picture of the author ajay13efw
    Well done for doing it the right way. It might be quicker to just use free image databases with gnu licenses
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    • Profile picture of the author TheDollar
      Originally Posted by ajay13efw View Post

      Well done for doing it the right way. It might be quicker to just use free image databases with gnu licenses
      Yes, iStockphoto and similar sites are really good for this and have a wide variety of photos.
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  • Profile picture of the author jacktackett
    Finally, someone with a clue - congrats! It amazes me just how hard people think it is to ask permission....
    Continued good luck!
    --Jack


    Originally Posted by bengirwb View Post

    There's a huge thread here with hundreds (thousands?) of warnings NOT to use photos from Google searches.

    Well, I use Google photos and I sleep very well at night, thank you.

    Here's what I do.

    I search for travel photos. I find a great one that I want to use on my blog or in a book/newsletter, etc.

    Then I see where the photo is originally posted. I contact that web site and/or the photographer listed. I send an email to the web site/photographer asking for permission to use the photo with a credit line (this is called going viral).

    Haven't been refused once.

    I have use of great photos and I sleep at night.
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    • Profile picture of the author tpw
      Originally Posted by jacktackett View Post

      Finally, someone with a clue - congrats! It amazes me just how hard people think it is to ask permission....
      Continued good luck!
      --Jack

      Yes indeed.

      I ran out of Thanks, or I would be passing them out in this thread.
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      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
        If you really want to be pedantic about it, you aren't really "using Google photos"; you are using photos from original sources, with permission.

        What you are doing is using Google Images as - gasp - a search engine.

        You should sleep well - you're doing this part of the job the right way.

        Thanks for speaking up.

        [Good job on the curiosity-inducing headline, by the way...]
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