Navigating Creative Commons

This week we started discussing creative commons in our unit and the proper way to credit images.

Creative Commons – cc stickers by Kristina Alexanderson (CC BY 2.0)

I wasn’t totally oblivious to copyright to begin with but I definitely didn’t fully understand how to credit correctly. I feel like we’ve all been guilty of sharing an image from Google or Pinterest without giving credit where credit is due.

Artists/Creatives work hard to create those artworks in the first place, the least we could do is give them the recognition that they deserve (plus it’s the law, so there’s that).

Using images through sites that allow you to share and credit photos gives you the ability to really up-level your content. Especially if you are not naturally blessed with the talent to create them yourself.

Photo by Danielle MacInnes on Unsplash

Sharing my love of coffee using this awesome image.

I try and use my own images for the most part but it’s not always possible to create something to illustrate your point that enhances your blog post.

Photo by Allie Smith on Unsplash

This photo represents my love of both stationery and rainbow coloured everything…

That’s where creative commons comes in to play; a few resourceful sites for finding great images are Flickr, Unsplash or even the Creative Commons website itself.

It’s also a great way for people to recreate their own version of copyrighted material, such as movies and television shows, and put their own creative spin on it. Case in point…

Photo by Daniel Cheung on Unsplash

So make sure you share the attribution love, don’t leave me hanging with no likes. I hope this helped in some small way and encourages you to credit images going forward.

Photo by Prateek Katyal on Unsplash

If you want to learn more about the different types of creative commons licenses you can check that out here.

As a general rule you would credit the name of the photo, publisher and creative license and link back to the original sources for those 3 things. You can see in my image captions above my examples. Unsplash is slightly different in that they don’t insist upon credit but it is always best practice to give it.

Thanks for coming to my (brief) Ted Talk, have a fabulous day.

Happy International Women’s Day

I just wanted to give a shout out to all the incredible women out there. There are so many amazing women that I admire and look up to. We should celebrate the women in our lives everyday and let them know we appreciate them. I appreciate that you are here right now reading this, whether you are a woman or not.

Tomorrow is my first class at uni, wish me luck.

The Beginning of Something Great

Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Keshena.

Coffee lover, mother and wife, stationery addict, obsessed with all things cute. Some favourites are iridescent, rainbow, glitter and pink. That should give you a good idea of my tastes, ha…

I have always had an interest in all things social media and content creation but this year I have finally decided to do something about it.

I have decided to make it my career and in order to do that I needed to hone my skills and get a qualification under my belt to help me start off on the best foot.

So for the first time in my life I am going to university to learn all things digital media, I thought it would be cool to document my journey along the way. Hopefully I can share some insights as I learn and also use this as a way to share cool and creative content.

I hope you’ll join me on what will no doubt be quite the adventure. I will try my best to not bore you and with any luck maybe even inspire you to create something yourself.