Book Review: Better Blogging With Photography by Terri Webster Schrandt @windigenredhead

Better Blogging With Photography by Terri Webster Schrandt

Title: Better Blogging With Photography

Author: Terri Webster Schrandt

Published: 6 July 2016 by Second Wind Leisure Publishing

Format: Kindle

File Size: 551 KB

Print Length: 50 pages

Language: English

ASIN: B01I2NNLRU

Price: £0.99

Sold By: Amazon UK Amazon USA

Thinking of starting a blog or already writing one?  Then whatever you do, buy this book, read it, and keep a copy handy.

Packed full of information (instead of having to hunt it down all over the internet), this handy book is jammed packed full of information not only for bloggers but for writers and budding photographers.

Chapter two had me scrambling into action for a whole day to ensure both my blog and I were safe. We’re talking downloading images or photos that don’t belong to us and using them without any permission on our blogs. We’re talking copyright infringement and the possibility of being sued by the legal owner of that image or photo. There are links to some rather scary true copyright infringement stories contained in the book. If they don’t get you to take action in checking and ensuring you’ve no copyright infringements on your blog, then probably only being sued will do the trick.

I ended up deleting lots of images from blog posts because I really had no idea if they were free to use or if they were only free for a limited period of time. Typing ‘Free Images’ into Google is no guarantee that you will be presented with images and photos that are actually free to use. It’s mentioned in the book that robots are checking the internet for copyright infringement 24 hours a day, seven days a week! It was like reading something from a science-fiction story. However, this happens to be fact, not fiction.

Terri Webster Schrandt has not only written this book extremely well but, better still, it’s in plain English and won’t have you wondering what on earth she is saying. The book contains lots of information on various internet sites where free images and photos for using on your blog can be found. She also explains where you can find various sites to create your own images as well as giving the reader excellent information about taking their own photos to use on blog posts. There are also some valuable blogging hints and tips which every blogger should take onboard.

I’ve heard the author is going to write a series of these books. I’m extremely happy to hear the news and can only highly recommend that you buy this book and take in every bit of information she has written. She could end up saving you a lot of money!

Ratings

Realistic Characterisation: N/A

Overall Enjoyment: 5/5

Readability: 5/5

Recommended: 5/5

Overall Rating: 5/5

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      1. I create all my own now. I use Canva, and I’ve always got my iPhone with me to take photos. I couldn’t believe how many images I didn’t have a 100% guarantee of knowing if they were free, that were still attached to my posts. The good thing was that I had a good clear out of posts I knew I’d never update or use again.

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  1. Thank you so much, Hugh, for this wonderful (and useful) review! I really appreciate it and I sincerely hope that the book helps bloggers. Luckily I don’t have many “free” google images on my site anymore either. Better safe than sorry! Thanks again!!

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    1. I can’t see any reason why any blogger would not find your book very useful, Terri. If it was up to me, I’d make anyone thinking of blogging (and those that have been blogging for less than 50 years!) read it. I have read stories of bloggers being sued before, but your book really made me get my act together and remove all those images where I had no guarantee were free. I also ended up deleting over 50 posts which I knew I could not update or knew I would never use again, so thanks for that as well. The blog had a good clear out. Took me a whole day, but was well worth it.
      Good luck with the follow-up books. I look forward to reading them.

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  2. I will have to check out her book. I use my own images 99% of the time but it can’t hurt to have a few other sites that offer legal free images in my back pocket too.
    I shudder when I see how some folks just blatantly use the copyrighted images of others – even for their avatars!

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    1. I agree, Norm. There’s no problem providing we have that 100% guarantee that the image or photo is free. When I went back and checked all my posts I was rather shocked by just how many images I deleted from posts. Hopefully, those robots won’t have anything on me if they come visiting.

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  3. Great book. I also read and reviewed. I also posted many times about illegal images, especially those we’re not sure of their origin. Best thing to delete. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Debby. Yes, yours was one of the stories I remembered when I read Terri’s book. I’m positive I’ve deleted all those images from posts which I was not too sure were actually free. I now use or create my own; usually on Canva.

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  4. Thanks for the reminder, Hugh. I mostly use my own images and do check on the others but a few have slipped through. The other thing is, that as a photographer, is good to have people reminded that they can’t go snaffling other people’s images.
    However, I think authors and the other people wanting people to promote their books, events etc should have some downloadable images on their web sites if they want to get a mention. I’m of a view that without an image, there is no story.
    xx Rowena

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    1. The thanks needs to go to Terri, Rowena. I may have been blogging for coming up to three years, but reading Terri’s book was the kick I needed in ensuring none of my posts contained images that I had no guarantee were free. It took me a whole day to go through all those posts, but it was well worth it.

      I completely agree with you about having free images available to promote books and ourselves. The problem seems to be that many of us will use an image or photo without properly checking if it is free to use. Some images and photos may say they are free, but hidden away in terms and conditions are phases such as *free only for 3 months from the date the image is used.* I also completely agree that a blog post does not look good without at least one image attached to it. The advice Terri gives in her book is something every blogger should take onboard and use. Reading this book could end up saving many readers a lot of money.

      Have a great weekend.

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  5. Yeah I got reminded of this this week. While all my new posts are okay, I do need to go through my older ones, because I know Ive used ones I shouldn’t have, i just didn’t know it at the time. It will be a long slow process trying to sort it all out. Sigh.

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    1. It is time-consuming but is well worth it. In one of her articles, Debby Kaye mentioned that she was fined for an image that was contained in a reblog she did in 2013. It didn’t matter that the image was used by the blogger who’s post she reblogged. Those copyright infringement robots are working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and that is what got me to check all my posts and to remove images I was not 100% sure were free. It also gave me the chance to have a good clear out of posts. I ended up deleting over 50. For some reason it made me feel very good after I’d done it.

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  6. I remember Debby’s story. I did this a while ago, but you just reminded me that I never finished. When I first started blogging I didnt know that images posted on tbe internet weren’t free to use. I was so naiive. Recently I saw an image from one of my old posts pinned on Pinterest, and I suddenly realised that it was an old post and I didnt know where the image came from. So if I delete that image from my post, will it still exist on pinterest and never go away, and does that mean I could still get sued, I wonder? Its scary stuff.

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    1. Fear not, Ali. Images and photos on social media are not affected by copyright laws. I’m sure it was Debby who found this out and wrote about it in one of her posts.

      I was the same as you in that I started the clear up after reading Debby’s post. However, I never completed it!! It was only when I read Terri’s book that I got myself into gear and went through every single post. I deleted so many images (and posts!). Some may have been free, but I was not 100% sure given that most were found by me by typing “Free Images of…” on Google. You have to use genuine free images sites or, better still, your own images to be absolutely sure that the image is free to use. I’ve had rather a lot of fun creating my own images on Canva. It was a site recommended to me by Sacha, and I love it!

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      1. Yes, I use Picmonkey, which is very similar, and fun to use. I also buy the license to use images from Fotalia, so I know I can use them safely, providing I don’t try to make money from them. But I really must sort out those old posts.

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  7. This is excellent advice Hugh. I rarely use other people’s images because I prefer to make my own. On those occasions when I have used third party images I make sure the image is public domain. The real confusion is when it comes to using ‘memes’ posted to Twitter and Pinterest. I sense an unspoken assumption that those images are meant to be shared. Your review is a good reminder that we can’t make those assumptions.

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    1. Thanks, Rob. I recommend (if you haven’t already) read Terri’s book. I got a lot of it, including spending two days deleting images from my blog that I was not confident enough knowing were 100% free to use. Social media is different. Once it goes on there, then it’s OK to share on other social media platforms.

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      1. Thanks, Rob. I use Canva for all my images. It’s a great easy tool to use. I’ve not gone into the world of free images yet. I will use my own where I can. I agree with what the post said about a larger engagement when content includes images. I often will pass by blog posts that have no images.

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