by: Tim Shangle
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “a picture is worth a thousands words.” We use images to communicate through ministry websites, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, PowerPoint presentations, etc. Incorporating high quality images in your ministry can really impact your target audience. And the best part, it doesn’t have to cost you anything! There are many places to find free images on the Internet, but often finding one that you are allowed to use in your church service is another matter. Even if you can freely access it on a web page, it does not mean that you are able to freely use it in your own presentation or publication.
Here’s a great video explaining copyright
Now that you know the copyright rules, here are five great sources that provide images for your use. (Please bear in mind that even though many of these images are free and encourage use, they may be licensed in such a way that attribution is required.)
This amazing and robust stock photo site is the best site to begin in your search for free photos to use. This site indexes photos from a number of other sites including: flickr, photoXpress, and morgueFile.
Their search feature is where EveryStockPhoto shines. It allows you to restrict and fine tune your search to exactly what you are looking for.
Vector graphics are the love of every graphic designer. They are designed by vectors, or curved lines, as opposed to pixels. When these images are resized, they look clear and sharp whether scaled down to the size of a postage stamp or scaled to fill an entire billboard.
Vector Graphics can be scaled to any size. Love Vector Free is one of the best sources for free vector graphics.
The use of a good texture can turn a generic stock photo into a robust work of art. Amazing Textures have a large variety of textures to choose from. Each image is categorized and indexed to make finding the right image a simple and straightforward process.
The Library of Congress is the place to go for historical illustrations and photos. Many well known images can be found on this site.
Images such as Our Heaven Born Banner can be downloaded in very high resolutions that are suitable for print materials.
Wikimedia Commons is the Wikipedia of photos and images. Many are available for use in a variety of formats for print and digital use. Their Picture of the Day is a great source of inspiration to begin a new project. Also, their in-depth use of cataloging proves to be a great resource to find related images.
This is just a small listing of what Wikimedia Commons offers for the entry under Jesus Christ.
There are a number of resources available to find high quality images. Try using these resources to add to your presentations and print publications, and share with us how your project turned out.