[TOOLBOX] 27+ Sources of Legal Images #DMMP1617 #DSMMCM1617 #BigAg16

This afternoon, I was trying to explain a bit about copyright and the legal use of images to my students, as they are using publicly available blogs, and otherwise default to using results from Google Image search … which could lead to legal issues (see help with image attribution with this JISC tool). This blogpost from StinkyInkShop explains copyright, fair use and Creative Commons pretty well, whilst this infographic explains Creative Commons a little more! Visuals are important, especially in contemporary digital – in all cases, it’s always good to credit the originating source.

Image Source: Jimmy Chang on Unsplash
Image Source: Jimmy Chang on Unsplash

Image Sources

Note that royalty free doesn’t necessarily mean free to use – check the licensing agreements – and don’t be surprised if a ‘free’ site suddenly takes you to a paid site – it’s often a marketing tactic!

Remember also that you can always use your own photos – and use free software such as PicMonkey to edit, add text, etc.

What sites do you use? What sites have I missed?

Faith Based Images

After several years working on faith-based content, here’s some sites that specifically cater to that need.


[INFOGRAPHIC] The Shift to Visual Social Media

Over the last year or so, the visual has really taken off online (with increasing access via mobile phones, apps that allow filtering and sharing, and increasing data bundles meaning less worry about uploads/downloads). An interesting related infographic:

The Visual Online


Anna Efstathiadou, ‘Female Images: Visual Representation of Women in Green and British Propaganda Posters During the Second World War’

I’m sure this thesis has been finished now…

Efstathiadou, A., ‘Female Images: Visual Representation of Women in Greek and British Propaganda Posters During the Second World War’
PhD thesis registered, January, 2000. Cardiff University

Anna’s research, a comparative study between Greece and UK, aims to examine the way women were represented in propaganda posters during the years 1939-1945. Aspects of history, society and politics consist the backbone of the study, moving on to specific issues of gender, propaganda and the meaning and power of visual images.

The special interest of this research lies on the fact that it is the first Greek attempt to collect, comment and compare Greek posters of females. There are collections of Greek posters but mostly as illustrations for collectors.

Supervisor: Terry Threadgold

School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University, Bute Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3NB