Where to get images?

Remember that you need rights to the images you use on your web site. Even if you take the photos, if there are recognizable people in the images you need to get their permission to use the image publicly. Be very careful if your photo includes the artwork around campus - the artists have full rights to the use of these images.

Take your own photos

Sign out a camera from Classroom Services or the Student Tech Center and take your own photos. If people are in the images get their permission, crop to eliminate faces, or take crowd scenes with individual faces too small for recognition.

Also be careful if your photo includes the art work on campus. Some sculptures on campus can be included on university websites as long as you provide appropriate copyright and credit lines (which you can get from the Sculpture Collection web site). Only use images of the following sculptures, and only in the specified formats (the 72 dpi applies to the web, other resolutions are for print usage):

Only these Sculptures may be used on web/print; only in these formats
 
Resolution to use(dpi)
 
Artist
72
150
300
Notes
Fred Bassetti
x
x
x
 
Richard Beyer
x
x
x
 
James FitzGerald
x
x
x
Courtesy of Estate of FitzGerald
Lloyd Hamrol
x
x
x
please check with the Western Gallery before using
John Keppelman
x
x
x
 
Robert Maki
x
x
x
 
Isamu Noguchi
x
please check with the Western Gallery before using.
Use credit line:
©The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum
Norman Warsinske
x
 


Other sculpture photos may not be used. Also note that if your photo contains part of a sculpture you still need to include the copyright info, just say "Detail of ___".

Use Free Photos (legally!)

Please be aware that most of the images you see when you google for images are NOT available for public use. By following up at the site where the image is posted you may be able to obtain written permission, but please do not assume permission. The sites below do generally allow free usage for universities, but check carefully as some items in their collections may not be for free use or may require some kind of attribution. To get to the collections described below, click on the header title.

WWU Photo Center

This is the best place for pictures of campus and campus dignitaries. The Office of Communications can help you with images in the WWU Photo Center.

CreativeCommons.org

The website of the Creative Commons project searches Google, Flickr, and other collections for media with a Creative Commons license. The CC license allows anyone to use a work without permission, under certain conditions set by the creator. Attribution is usually required, and some works may not modified or used for commercial purposes.

Wikimedia Commons

The Wikimedia Commons contains more than 8 million freely usable images, audio and video files and is the main source of images for Wikipedia. Although almost all images are free to use without permission, some may be subject to conditions such as attribution or non-commercial-only use. Check the license of each image before use. Notice that many of the photos are not particularly high graphical quality.

ARTstor.org

ARTstor has images for education and scholarship use. You can search and browse approximately 550,000 images contained in over 50 collections within the ARTstor Digital Library. ARTstor also includes tools for using large numbers of images in lectures and presentations.

MorgueFile

This site contains a free photo archive as well as articles on photography, a collaborative photo ops assignment, and a community discussion forum. These images can be used and modified.

Public Domain Pictures

PDP has 10,000 photos to use without condition. Note that the images at the top are free but that there are also 'sponsored' images starting at $1 for web size. These images, from fotolia.com and dreamstime.com, do cost. Just keep an eye out for which section of the site you're in.

stock.xchng

stock.xchng is a free stock photo site owned by Getty Images. It has 300,000+ photos, and advertises paid stock photos from iStockPhoto below free photos.

Freefoto.com

Use photos from freefoto.com for no cost but with attribution (provide a link to freefoto.com)

More Resources on Campus

Creative Commons and Public Domain Resources by ATUS / CIIA.