First, let’s talk about how to get quality website images and prepare them for the Internet. You can use any photographs you have taken in a public place and display these on your website or other Web presence without getting permission; however, it is a good idea to get permission anyway. If you don’t have an image that would work well with the content on the page, you can search for free or stock photos that would be appropriate images for your website. Some sites that provide free photos or charge a small royalty fee include:
Always look for copyright information or usage rights. The photographer or outlet may only require that you credit their name but it's best to check.
In addition, you can obtain professional photographs and graphics from these United Methodist sites:
- Denominational Graphics and Images
- The United Methodist News Service Photo Gallery
- Rethink Church Resources including Photos and Graphics
Once you have the images for your website you want to use, you need to prepare it for the Web by cropping it and resizing it to the exact pixels for the space it will occupy on the webpage as well as reduce the resolution to 72 dpi. You can use several image-editing software programs such as Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, Microsoft Picture Manager, etc. If you do not have access to any of the standard image editing software programs, you can use several free Open Source programs or online editing tools, such as:
Now you are ready to add the images to your website or other Web presence. In addition, you may want to create a photo gallery or use an online photo-sharing site. These sites are a good way to give your church a higher profile on the Internet and point people to your church’s website or other Web presence. Here are a few suggestions for online photo sharing: