Welcome to Swipe File Friday.
You’re aware that your audience will remember six times more about your talk when you add pictures.
And we’re not talking about clip art. That’s so 1980’s.
So where do you find some good pictures to add to your presentation?
Flickr + Compfight
Flickr is a social photo-sharing web site. Flickr users take and upload all manner of images, tag them, and sometimes make them available for use by others with a Creative Commons license. Some Creative Commons licenses are “attribution-only;” that is, you simply need to acknowledge the creator of the work in order to use it. You can do this by adding a slide at the end of your presentation that indicates the creators of those images. In other cases, the Flickr photographers may allow only non-commercial uses of their images. Whichever license is used, it’s always a good idea to respect the copyright.
Flickr has a search tool on the site but Compfight is a far better search tool–and it’s built especially for finding photos on Flickr.
Let’s say you wanted to find a picture of a dog for your presentation. You start at Compfight and type “dog” in the search box. On the results page that opens up, you’ll find a sidebar to the left that lets you filter the results by license type. Just click “Creative commons” and Compfight shows you only those photographs that are available under the Creative Commons license.
Searching for “dog” images that were Creative Commons licensed returned almost 715,000 pictures when I wrote this post. Surely there’s one in there that will work for your presentation.
There are lots of other choices for good presentation images as well. We’ll profile some of those options in upcoming Swipe File Friday posts.