I love to take photographs and many times decide to write an article about them. If I use my own photographs, I don't have to provide photo credit, but I usually do. That way I don't have to worry that someone else will claim they took the photo. After all, if I took a photo of a rose, there must be hundreds more people who took a photo just like mine. Besides, I like people to know I took my own photo. To give myself credit, I just type "Photo taken by Burntchestnut" or "I took this photograph" at the end of the module.
There are many places you can find photographs in the public domain and you can use these photos freely.
However, read the terms of service or copyright notices on each site. Some sites allow you to use photos without providing attribution. On other sites, the photographer grants all rights or rights with restrictions (such as providing attribution or not allowing you to manipulate the photo).
HOW TO PROVIDE ATTRIBUTION ON WIZZLEY (the process will be similar on other sites)
When you find a photograph in the public domain, download it or do a 'right click" to copy it to your hard drive. Make sure you're using the full image view and not just a thumbnail.
After you have your photograph, copy the url of the page into your module or into a separate text document. I like to provide the photographer's name and where I found the photo.
This photo of orange roses is by Karin Bazaz and I found the photo on Pixabay.
So I type: Photo by Karin Bazaz on Pixabay. I highlight and copy the url and then highlight the words I just typed, and scroll to the top of this module until I see the toolbar. On the right part of the toolbar, click on the icon that has two small chains (for link). When you click on this icon, a small window opens and you paste in your url and then type a description. For my description I typed, "orange roses." Click the "insert" button and you'll have a link (see below).
Photo by Karin Bazaz on Pixabay.
"Save" your module and then click on the link to make sure it works. If you had pasted your url into your module rather than a separate text document, go back and delete it because you now have a working link (and save the module again).
This all may seem complicated, but once you do it a few times, it won't take long at all.
NOTE: I really didn't have to provide attribution because photos on the Pixabay site don't require it. I always give credit, though, because I'm thankful photographers are nice enough to let us use their work. I also want to let readers know where I found my photograph. If you aren't required to provide attribution, I still think it's a good idea to mention the site where the photo came from.