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I have been reading some professional blogs such as Dosh Dosh’s Internet Marketing and Social Media for sometime. One of the blogging tips is to add images to your blog post and makes the post more interesting. It gives the post fresh look and space to breath. It also give the readers a first impression on what this post may be talking about.
I don’t always have interesting topics to blog about. If you know me, you probably know that I am more of story teller blogger. My post images always have some degree of connection to the topic that I am writing about.
To make my post a little big interesting, I find pictures from Flicks.com. There are so many great photos that you can search for and use it on your web site. All the images on my blog are chopped into 600×140 in order to fit into my blog template. They are also under the creative common license, which allows me to modify, post on my blog and give the photographer some credit. I add all those photos to my favorite photos under my flickr profile.
In most of the cases, I will just chop the image into the size I need. In some case, I have to modify the image to make it look more clear or interesting. I do auto Color, auto level, flip the image, blur the background, burn the image, remove unwanted spot, change colors and add objects. This allows me to make the photo perfectly fit into my story.
Here is one of the photos that I took myself. I use this photo in one of my popular post build close relationship with your visitors.
If you look at the original photo on flick.com, it will look like this one.
You can clearly see that the image is chopped and the handbag on the rock is removed. Also the water is also blurred to make the image softer.
Here is another example. You can read the post at It’s a small world! Your bitchy web site visitors are your best friends. I modify the image and make it a suitable header image for my post.
Here is the original one here. As you can see I turn a color photo into a black and white photo. I also blur the news paper on the wall. Burn the white wall on the right side. I chop the image to get rid of the fan. It makes the post more attractive with high contrast.
I know everyone have different taste of photography. The choice of mind may not be good to others, but it gives my reader a sense of my taste. What’s your choice of photos?
What do you think about the photos that I choose?
Here are more photos that I have used on my blog.