Picking right images for your poems

Picking right images for your poems tips and tricks

Images have a voice of their own. They speak in languages every mind can relate to. Images, when combined with thoughts can reach way deeper into one’s being. Images are important. They give a colorful meaning to words.

So next time you are submitting a poem at HighOnPoems, select an apt image with it and let your senses combine the two. All this while you have been picking images from internet and sticking them to your poem. But that’s not the right way. If the images are copyrighted, you could be in a soup. Also, the quality and size of the image makes all the difference.

So here are 5 simple ways to pick a licensed image that goes perfectly with your poem –

Step 1: Read your poem thoroughly to get the gist of it. Identify a keyword that goes perfectly with your poem.

Step 2: If you are looking for an image on Flickr, go to the website, create an account, login and type the appropriate keywords in the search box. Right below the search box is a link called Advanced Search. Click on the Advanced Search link and select the following –

  1. Search by media type – Select Only Photos
  2. Creative Commons – Tick only search with Creative Commons-licensed content
  3. Tick Find content to modify, adapt, or build on.
  4. Click on search and pick a perfect image that is relevant to the poem.
  5. Once you have selected the image, click on it and it will enlarge. On the right hand side of this enlarged image is an icon of 3 dots called more actions. As you click on it, a drop-down menu appears. Select Download/All Sizes option and click on it.
  6. You will not be taken to the download photo box. Select the large size of the image and save it (take cursor on the box, right click and select save link as…) as the name of your poem.

Step 2: If you are looking for an image on Google, click on images on the upper right hand corner of the page. Once the image search opens, type appropriate keywords in the search box and hit enter. You will now reach the results page where images are displayed. Here comes the important bit.

  1. Just below the search bar is a tab called Search Tools.
  2. As you click on it, another subset of options open up. One of the options is this subset is Usage Rights.
  3. Click on it and select either ‘Labeled for reuse with modifications‘ or ‘Labeled for reuse‘ from the drop-down menu.
  4. Now select an image and save it (take cursor on the box, right click and select save link as…) as the name of your poem.

Step 3: Make sure the size of every image you choose is more than 200×200. Images smaller than that often get blurred and spoil the look of the poem.

Step 4: Upload featured image along with your poem in the submit poem form – http://highonpoems.com/submit-poem

Step 5: Avoid using inappropriate images (eg: religion sensitive, adult or porn etc.)

So get set go and pick the most beautiful images for your poems. Mix them up, the words and colors. Paint the poem red, yellow, green and blue. Each time in a different hue.

Stay HighOnPoems!

P.S. Another way to avoid copyright issues is by simply pulling out your camera and clicking a picture relevant to your poem 🙂

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