Pixabay.com: A Powerful Free-Source for the Serious Blog, Tweet, Book or School

Inventers dream of ways to solve problems. Computer Science and IT guys solve problems by building a crowd-sourced website that supports dreamers all over the globe.

Problem: Wizzley.com authors being cited for using copyright protected images found on the web.

Solution: Pixabay.com

As Pixabay’s front page stated for years – it is a ‘repository for stunning Public Domain media.’ (As of this writing the site hosts 500,000 images and 1,000 video clips.)

Crowd-sourced, images and videos are uploaded by members. All media is released under a Creative Commons CC0 license which means that it is completely free for personal or commercial use.

Photo by Deog Yeon Hwang - Pixabay user:lalalife
Photo by c – Pixabay user:lalalife

‘Stunning’ is not an over exaggeration of the media quality on Pixabay – it is first-rate.  

Established in Germany, Pixabay’s worldwide popularity continues to grow. To date, 1.4 million user accounts have been created and over 1,500 new images are uploaded every day. With over 10 million visits per month, the site is outshining competing sites such as fotolia.com and pixelio.de.

Users from the United States account for almost 30% of the site traffic followed by Germany at around 8%. Brazil, Britain, France and Japan are at about 4%.

Income for Pixabay is generated by optional ‘gifts’ from its users and from Shutterstock and Google ads. Site founders, Hans Braxmeier and Simon Steinberger prefer to keep the layout and design of the site as clean and uncluttered (by ads) as possible.

As one explores the site, ‘coffee’ buttons are noticeable. By clicking on these, donations can be made to the image author or to Pixabay. “Coffee” buttons on the artist page go to the artist and those on the download page go to Pixabay.

What keeps Pixabay’s good mojo going? Once the site users discover the outstanding image quality, the plethora of subject matter available and the site’s ease-of-use, they soon find themselves wanting to participate in the global community of sharing.

The Pixabay Founders
Hans photo strip
Hans Braxmeier, Germany

Hans is the founder and CEO of Pixabay. He studied computer science in Ulm (Germany), and has launched several web projects.  He has donated over 18,000 images to the site.

“The main focus of Pixabay was never to make a lot of money. The focus is to give something like Wikipedia back to cool users,” says Hans Braxmeier.

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Simon Steinberger, Germany

Simon is co-founder and CEO of Pixabay. He studied chemistry in Ulm (Germany) and finished his PhD in 2011. During this time, he started working in the IT sector and developed various websites.

Editor’s Choice award media is awe-inspiring! These are the best and greatest Pixabay photos, illustrations, vector graphics and videos. Media for this award is selected by our team members.” – Simon Steinberger

Comments from the Pixabay chat forumsdebbies books

“A personal thank you [to Pixabay.com]. I now have two books on Amazon thanks to this site. I always wanted to write books for kids but had the issue of how to illustrate them. Now I am using images from here and a few of my own.”

Debbie Walkingbird, Oregon

“A huge thank you to all of the generous and talented Pixabay photographers! I manage a blog for a small animal welfare non-profit and you make my life so much easier!” – MsLisaJo

“Pixabay gives me a great place to have my work seen and used and hopefully that exposure will lead to eventual sales elsewhere. Taking pictures that I think are great but just sit in a hard drive doesn’t cut it. I would much rather people see, use and enjoy my work.” – Jim

“I find that initiatives like Pixabay (and many others) are a great way to keep culture flowing enabling others to build on and create new exciting works. For me, being in the academic world, this is a great resource to find new images for web design and illustration of work materials.” –José R Valverde

DH allen books“I used Pixabay images and clipart as artwork for book covers and on my blog. Wanted to say thank you to all who images and clipart I was able to use for these ventures. Pixabay and you guys are the best!” Smile – D.H. Allen | Writer, Traveler, Photographer blog

 

 

As Pixabay Member, Steve Buissinne of South Africa puts it, “Across the world people speak in 6500 languages, but we all see in only one. I think that donating images contributes to a more interesting and fulfilling life for us all.”

Related article: Pixabay Member Spotlight

 

Three Easy Tips for Taking Better Pictures with your Point-and-shoot Camera

Story: A famous photographer attended a dinner party put on by a famous chef. When the photographer entered, the chef said, “I love your photographs, you must have a fabulous camera.” When the dinner was over and it was time to leave, the photographer said to the chef, “The was meal was marvelous, you must have a wonderful stove.”

It’s not what you have (as far as fancy camera equipment) but what you do with what you have that matters.

I do subscribe to this idea. In fact, you’d probably be very surprised to know that many of my art pieces first begin from images taken with my point-and-shoot camera; aka ‘purse camera.’

Taking better pictures is all about training your mind to see differently. The normal way we perceive the world is with large, expansive vision. We ’take everything in’ when we look around. To improve your images, you must train your eye to see how the camera sees. This is basically narrow down your vision into a rectangle shape…paying close attention to every area inside of that rectangle.

Here are three easy tips to improve your own point-and-shoot camera results.

1. Time of day.

This graphic shows how the light during certain times of the day can cause distraction within the image. At 7:30 am, there is a big bright spot in the left corner. Our eyes naturally go to the lightest spot in the image first. My optimal light choice is at 3:30 pm because the light is even. If I had a person sitting in one of those chairs, their face would be the lightest spot.

2. Rule of Thirds.

Learn to place the subject of your image some place other than dead center.  If you are taking a landscape picture, place the horizon in the top 1/3 of the frame.

3. Camera Cropping.

original image and cropping both horizontally and vertically

This graphic shows the full frame from the camera. I deliberately took it this way so I would have the option to crop it horizontally or vertically later. You can greatly improve your images if you crop within the camera – get closer to your subjects to minimize distractions.

A fun experiment: take pictures of the people in your contact list with your cell phone camera. Save the image as part of their contact file. In order to see their faces clearly in your list, you’ll have to get pretty close up.

Have fun taking better pictures!