I have changed. There was a time when I didn’t want to put my hard-won images on the web and ‘give’ them away.
I still feel the same way about someone stealing my images and not even giving any attribution.
For my ‘work’ images, I just don’t want them being used at all except where I put them.
Notwithstanding what I want, at least a couple of times a week I look in the analytics program on our ‘work’ site and see a link that someone has clicked.
And that link originates with an image of mine that someone has ‘used’ on their site.
I realise it can benefit our site to have a link back – but still…
But What About Panoramio?
The thing is that this ‘not wanting to give images away’ attitude was how I felt about Google’s Panoramio.
Which is pretty lop-sided considering that I look at the images that other people have posted there.
But whatever I used to think, I think it no longer, and now I have joined Panoramio.
Panoramio is a community-powered site for exploring places through photography: cities, natural wonders, or anywhere you might go. Panoramio is a showcase for the talents of its contributors, a place to see the world, and a community where members determine the content. Panoramio photos don’t contain commercial messages.
I took a photo (the one below) and uploaded it to Panoramio. Google approved it and now it sits in the repository – helping people get a feel for this particular part of Edinburgh.
I felt pretty good about the image, but then I happened to take a look the Panoramio blog. Just take a look at these photos!
I plan to take a lot more photos of New Town, as this part of Edinburgh is named. Watch this space…