Workshop: Words and Pictures

The following are the workshop notes for Newspace’s Words and Pictures by Lorelle VanFossen in Portland, Oregon.

The workshop covered the following:

  • Writing for Audience and Search Engines:
    • Virtual Storytelling Techniques
    • Community Building
    • Writing for Social Media
    • Finding Inspiration and Motivation
  • Technical:
    • Tips and Tricks
    • Article Structure and Formatting
    • Image Embedding
    • Links
    • Site Core Content
    • Feeds
    • Editorial Calendars

Robert De Niro, quote from Oscars 2014 Show about writers.The following are resources and references to help you take the next step forward in writing for the web for photographers and photobloggers. Continue reading

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WordPress Basics for Photographers Workshop

Thank you to everyone who gave up a busy and active Portland, Oregon, Saturday to spend the day in a darkened room with me learning about the basics of WordPress. Your patience and determination was not only appreciated, it was admired. Well done all! I’m anxious to see what you come up with now that we’ve passed the first hurtle with WordPress.

The class notes are posted for you to use at your leisure. They aren’t going anywhere, and I will update them over time as things change with WordPress.

Thank you again to you and Newspace for your generosity and creativity.

Public Domain, Free Photography and Images for Your Blog

Originally published on Lorelle on WordPress and used here with permission. This list is for my classes and workshops needing public domain, royalty free images for their projects.

Colorful brain scan of a mouse - US Science Departments, public domain photographs

Colorful brain scan of a mouse.

I’ve been collecting a variety of resources for free photographs to use on your website and blog. These images are, for the most part, free to use, but may have copyright and usage restrictions. Some may require registration, use only on non-commercial sites, and/or a link back to the source. Others may require more. Check thoroughly for the specific usage rights before using any of these images.

Just because you select a filter for public domain and royalty free images on a Google Image search does not mean these images are actually public domain and royalty free. Check. Ask first, they might say yes.

is a major resource for images, but many of these have restricted use. Not every image on Flickr or the web is free to use. Check thoroughly for usage rights, and if in doubt, get permission or don’t use the image. Check out Flickr’s Public Domain Photos’ Photostream for images specifically marked as public domain.

Autumn Leaves - Morgue Files - public domain free photographs.The images featured range from people, places, wildlife, and space, as well as textures, patterns, and artistic graphic images. These free photos sites listed may have nude or violent images, though I did my best to exclude image sites which specialize in those.

One of the best, kept up-to-date lists for images and graphics in the public domain for free use is Wikipedia:Public domain image resources. I usually start my search from their list, which includes government collections and resources, special subject-based collections, and more.

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