Commercial use photos are always appreciated. In most cases, though, licensing is not as straightforward as you would want it to be. Studying license conditions is not what most of us like to struggle with. Some countries even have legal systems in place, where it is hard for the creator to waive all his legal rights, even if he explicitly wants to. The best way to stay out of trouble is to either shoot each and every photo by yourself or choose pictures with as little license overhead as possible. The new project Unsplash.com by freelancer-platform Ooomf.com promises to deliver exactly this kind of material.
Unsplash.com and CC Zero: Close to Public Domain
Unsplash.com is a timeline-oriented image project, driven by the Tumblr engine. Unsplash.com solely hosts pictures whose creators have waived all rights the laws allow to be waived. All images at Unsplash.com carry the license CC Zero. Actual hosting of the images takes place in Amazon’s cloud.
Unsplash.com is not anywhere near a real image provider, such as Pixabay or Freerange Stock. There are no categories, no keywords, nothing you know… There is simply 10 images each 10 days. No more, but also no less..
Anybody can submit photos for consideration. Decisions are taken by editors at Ooomf.com. At the time of this writing, while Unsplash.com ist still in its early stages, almost 60 photos are in stock, which of course isn’t a lot. They have cities, landscapes, and they have a remarkable set of photos of Apple products in daily use. These definitely come in handy more often than not, if you are a tech-related writer, that is.
As you cannot search, not browse categories, not use any kind of structured approach, you should follow their advice and subscribe to their mailing list. That way the promised 10 photos will be delivered right to your inbox every 10 days. I already did, the offering convinced me. Already at this early stage, I found a dozen helpful photos I will surely make use of. By the way, you could have guessed it: all the photos in this post are from Unsplash.com
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Dieter Petereit is a veteran of the web with over 25 years of experience in the world of IT. As soon as Netscape became available he started to do what already at that time was called web design and has carried on ever since. Two decades ago he started writing for several online publications, some well, some lesser known. You can meet him over on Google+.