Sharing Your Images

Good Hubbers put a lot of effort into creating images for their Hubs. When they can’t take their own photos or make their own graphics, Hubbers often spend a great deal of time finding high quality images from other sources.

As you probably know from our helpful guide on image sourcing and attribution, not all images have licenses that allow you to use them. It can take quite a long time to find a Creative Commons or Public Domain-licensed image that fits perfectly with a particular Hub.

Because good images can be so hard to find, one fabulously good deed you can do is to share your own photos and images under a Creative Commons or Public Domain license.

Creative Commons Licenses

Creative Commons licenses enable other people to use your images so long as they follow the specific stipulations you apply to the license. For example, you might give an image a Creative Commons, Attribution, Noncommercial license (which, abbreviated, looks like CC-BY-NC). This particular license stipulates that others can use your image so long as they name you (Attribution) and do not use it for commercial purposes (Noncommercial).

Public Domain Licenses

A Public Domain license makes it possible for anyone to use an image for any purpose without naming its creator/owner. Be careful about giving your images a Public Domain license (or even a Creative Commons license), because even though you might change your mind about the license down the line, those who find your images while they still have a Public Domain license will be free to use it as they please for as long as they like.

Applying Licenses to Your Images

To get the right wording needed to create a Public Domain or Creative Commons license, we recommend using Creative Commons’ Choose a License tool (pictured above), which makes it easy to develop a license they meets your requirements.

While you have the option to apply a Creative Commons or Public Domain license to an image by simply adding the text the Choose a License tool produces, some sites, such as Flickr and Wikimedia commons, come with built-in photo uploading features that enable you to apply those license to your images in such a way that those images are also tagged with metadata that makes it easier for searchers to find them (this makes your images easier for needy image-searches to find).

For this reason, we recommend uploading your photos to Flickr, applying a Creative Commons license, and then citing them in your Hubs just like you would cite images by another Flickr user using the same license (this enables others to see that your images are available for use).

Share Your Custom Illustrations With HubPages!

This month, as we share tips and advice on working custom made graphics into your Hubs, we encourage you to share cool sketches, drawings, graphs, graphics, and other illustrations you have included in your work to provide our community with some inspiration.

Here’s how to join in:

  • On Facebook: Visit our Facebook page and select the “Photo/Video” option, then upload a custom graphic you’ve created for one of your Hubs, along with a little description explaining how you made it and the Hub it is intended for
  • On Twitter: Share your photo with the hashtag #HubPagesGraphic (and feel free to mention @HubPagesDotCom)
  • On Google+: Upload a photo and description of a custom graphic you created (complete with an explanation) and be sure to tag +HubPages
  • Email photos to us directly and let us post it to our official albums on Facebook, Google+, and/or Pinterest by sending a message to Simone (dot) Smith (at) HubPages.com with the image, a link to the Hub in which it appears, and some background on how you created it.

I can’t wait to see what you have created!

Hubbing with Pets

NettlemereAlthough we wound down our Hubbing space series earlier this week, we couldn’t help but post this latest photo sent in by Nettlemere. It reveals so much of what we love about Hubbers and their approaches to the Hubbing process!

Explains Nettlemere:

It is the product of an untidy mind, poor housekeeping skills, and an indication that I could be the laziest Hubber ever since – yes – that is my bed I Hub from. I moved my bed downstairs so that my elderly dog Nettle didn’t have to sleep alone once he couldn’t manage stairs anymore (that was five years ago! Nettle is still going strong). Some days I have to squish in between 3 dogs to write a Hub – it just depends where they have decided to crash out. But I wouldn’t be without their company when I write or without their gentle reminders that there is a world out there which wants to be walked in. The piles of slide boxes shout at one of my other enthusiasms – photography – which is an essential feature of my Hubs too. I’m in the process of scanning then all into my computer, but incapable of tackling the task logically or linearly.

The things Nettlemere shares in her Hubbing space photo represent several approaches shared across the HubPages community:

  1. A love of pets: Though her explanation, we discover the Nettlemere gets her HubPages username from her dog’s name. We’ve seen that many Hubbers are inspired by their canine companions and like to write Hubs in the company of their beloved pets. We love it!
  2. A habit of Hubbing in bed: Nettlemere isn’t alone in enjoying Hubbing from bed- I do the same thing, and bet many of us do. Hubbing makes for a great leisure activity, and we love that many Hubbers turn to our platform and community to wind down and explore a fresh, creative corner of their lives.
  3. A pinch of great creativity: That Nettlemere is slowly scanning her photos into digital formats into Hubs is excellent. It also reminds me that nearly every Hubber incorporates some sort of creative element into his or her Hubs, be it in the form of original sketches, great photos taken throughout one’s life, cool camera phone pictures, or beautiful graphs and diagrams.

Isn’t it fun to see how the things we share in common show up in the lives of others? Thanks for sharing your Hubbing space with us, Nettlemere. 🙂

The Connection Between Hubs and The Spaces in Which They’re Created

As people have shared their Hubbing spaces with us, we have been surprised by the extent to which they mirror the Hubs they create. Take, for example, this lovely nook belonging to ESPeck1919, which she introduces thusly:

I’ve always loved getting a peek into other people’s creativity spots and sharing my own. A little bit about mine – this is the final result of wanting to put together a more formal writing/crafting spot for myself for a number of years. Those drawers hold a variety of jewelry making and miscellaneous crafting supplies, and the thing in the upper left hand corner of the picture is my inspiration board. There is also a basil plant for fresh basil leaves and to enhance creativity, and my little oil burner for when I need some aromatherapy.

ESPeck1919, who writes about herbs and the Law of Attraction (amongst other things), reveals some of her interests through this space (what with the inspiration board and basil). We wonder if the crafting supplies are a sign of some crafting Hubs on the horizon, too!

ESPeck 1919 is certainly not the only Hubber to surround herself with objects that manifest themselves in her Hubs. Outbound Dan (who writes great backpacking and outdoors Hubs) Hub from park benches overlooking rivers and CyclingFitness (who writes awesome Hubs onc bikes and cycling) Hub from bicycles (at least, the brainstorming and outlining part of Hubbing). Clearly their Hubbing spaces tie in with their Hubs as well!

What does your Hubbing space say about the Hubs you write? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter (hashtag #YourHubbingSpace), and Google+, or send me an email at Simone.Smith (at) HubPages.com.

[Thanks for sharing your Hubbing space, ESPeck1919!]

A Very Evocative Hubbing Space

It has been fascinating to have a peek into the Hubbing spaces of so many HubPages community members of the past couple of days. Each space in its own way is inspiring its occupant, whether it offers beautiful views or is designed around one thing: a focus on writing.

One particularly interesting space that has been shared with us by whowas. It has a splendid 19th Century feel to it- almost as though it were an oil painting.

Along with his photo, whowas provided a great explanation of his space:

This is my desk. It’s also where most of my Hubbing takes place. I do a lot of writing, reading and study here.

Originally, the idea was to have a vast, clean space…but that clearly didn’t work out. Despite the clutter, there is nothing here that distracts me. Every time I look up from the page, I see something that reminds me of why I am here: to learn, to read, to study, to write.

The whole room is deeply insulated by floor to ceiling bookcases in which the books are stacked two deep. There are also books and journals on the floor, piled in towers. I’ve read them all and they are only the ones I consider essential reference material. It would be reasonable to assume that I am slightly insane, perhaps a little obsessive.

The clock on the windowsill belonged to my grandmother, the teapot was a gift from a beloved friend and has never been used. The skeleton is a rock dove. The photograph next to it is of Firenze, my second home in Italy. The microscope, the starting point of many remarkable adventures.

This picture was taken at night. Most of my work takes place early in the morning and late at night. I dream awake in the nurturing darkness. I am always alone when working. It is a secret, private place, this. My grotto. Even in daytime, the view through the window is obscured by the overhanging branches of a large, evergreen shrub.

Writing, even a commercial piece or a light-hearted hub, is essentially a way of living, a dreaming, a way of thinking rendered tactile and immediate at the fingertips.

That’s what my desk is all about.

If that description doesn’t make you want to rush to your own Hubbing space, I don’t know what will!

Whether your Hubbing space is uncluttered and bright or loaded with fascinating artifacts, reference books, and objects of inspiration, we want to see it!

Share photos of your Hubbing space with us on our Facebook page, on Twitter (by using the hashtag #MyHubbingSpace), or on Google+, and  be sure to tell us a bit about it- why it works for you, how it keeps you going, and how you have customized it to make it your own. Should you like to have your photo featured on the HubPages Blog,  you can also email photos directly to me at simone.smith (at) HubPages.com.

 

[Thanks for sharing your awesome Hubbing space with us, whowas!]

Great Hubbing Spaces!

On Wednesday, I asked you to share your Hubbing spaces with us, and over the past two days, we have been getting the coolest photos on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and via email.

I’d like to share some of them with you.

GoodLady

GoodLady‘s Hubbing Space looks particularly comfortable and relaxing. It reminds me how much more creative we can get when we allow stress and strain to take a hike. Says GoodLady:

I always write my Hub articles resting my dislocating leg on my bed in my sunny studio-bedroom – with Tinka, a very old friend.  tap tap tap

We can hear the hawks in the sky tap tap tap and see the countryside from the window, nobody bothers us, tap tap tap. so we’re very happy and comfortable.




CrisSp

CrisSp‘s Hubbing space- particularly the Post-It that provides her with some inspiration, gave me goosebumps! As CrisSp puts it:
This is actually the office in the house. Doesn’t seem like anything special but I am facing the wall where I see my inspiration hanging, which says:
“Be Brave. Write.”
I don’t care where I would be writing- with that simple, powerful statement, I’d be all set to go!




Angie Jardine

I’m a big fan of composing Hubs and cozy spaces, and Angie Jardine‘s space may win the award for the coziest!! Wouldn’t you like THIS to be your Hubbing Space? Angie says:
I practically live in this space although the horse riders and dog walkers who wave at me through the window are a constant distraction.
I say that’s a lovely distraction to have.




Dianemae

Of course, we’ve been seeing some more exotic and unconventional Hubbing spaces, too, such as this particularly mobile Hubbing space belonging to Dianemae, who explains:

I do my best and most hub writing while on my sailboat.  The computer is at the navigation station. I have a  air card that allows me access to the net. Some ports have good reception while others have no reception. The view outside changes often and stimulates me to write.




Aren’t these great?

Big thanks to the Hubbers who are sharing these hotbeds of creativity with us! Keep them coming! You can send photos directly to me at Simone.Smith (at) HubPages.com.

Share Your Hubbing Space!

Hubs are fascinating on their own, but there is also much to be said for the craft that goes into creating them, hence there is much to be learned from the methods different Hubbers use, not to mention the timeframes they follow, the habits they form, and yes, the places where they write.

The place where a person writes (or films, for that matter) can say a lot about that individual’s style, process, and personality, not to mention the content that he or she creates.

Where do you write your Hubs? On a window seat overlooking your backyard? At the local library or your favorite cafe? Or on the phone while you wait in line to buy groceries?

We would love to have a glimpse of where the Hubbing magic happens, so we invite you to share photos of these landscapes, nooks, and crannies with us through Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and our blog.

Here’s how to join in:

  • On Facebook: Visit our Facebook page and select the “Photo/Video” option, then upload your Hubbing Space image, with a little description of the place and why it’s where you write Hubs
  • On Twitter: Share your photo with the hashtag #MyHubbingSpace (and feel free to mention @HubPagesDotCom)
  • On Google+: Upload a photo and description of your Hubbing space and be sure to tag +HubPages
  • If you would like us to share your space on our blog and Facebook album: Email Simone.Smith (at) HubPages.com with the photo and some background on the space that we can share along with it

When we get a decent number of photos emailed to us, we’ll share them in another post! I’m quite looking forward to seeing where it is that you create your fabulous Hubs!

A New Improved Slideshow

The best of Hubs feature gorgeous, interesting, useful photos. We would like to make it as easy as possible for readers to enjoy them more thoroughly. For this reason, Edward Zhang has been working hard on improving slideshows on HubPages. The original feature allowed readers to view a slideshow of images on a separate page so long as:

  1. There were more than five images in that Hub
  2. The author did not have the slideshow feature turned off

While this was a nice option, it did not provide readers with the best experience because they were taken away from the original Hub.  If you can’t remember what the original slideshow looked like, here’s a snapshot (minus the ads posted to the side of the page) of a slideshow  from a beautiful Hub on making decorated Easter eggs by Sherry Hewins: Great photo, less-than-ideal slideshow! The new and improved slideshow has several benefits:

  • It appears in an overlay, so readers are not taken away from Hubs
  • It has an improved, streamlined appearance
  • It has built-in social sharing options, encouraging readers to share your Hub with their friends
  • It keeps readers on your Hub longer by not only giving them a peek at your photos, but by enabling them to look at slideshows from other Hubs- all in the same overlay

The new slideshow also appears by default on all Hubs with more than two images. There is no longer an option to disable the feature because it no longer involves directing readers away from the actual Hub.

Have a look at how it appears on Stephhicks68’s magnificent photo Hub on autumn foliage: We hope you like the improvement!

Tips on Using Your Own Photos

We say again and again that using original photos in your online articles does wonderful things for your Hubs by adding credibility, a personal touch, additional information, and visual appeal. But what if you’re not a good photographer? Don’t worry- there are some very simple things you can do to make your photos- be they taken with a nice DSLR or your simple cell phone- look good.

This week’s online writing insider (Quick Photo Tips) is positively packed with simple pointers on augmenting your existing photos and building up a strong collection of stock images. Our advice covers:

  • Using photos in recipes & photographing food
  • What to use as the first photo (in a series of instructional photos)
  • Lighting and framing
  • Building up stock photos of your own
  • Using your own images in abstract pieces
  • Using doodles and sketches in your work
  • Including photos of yourself
  • Making a point of photographing everyday activities
  • Using apps to augment smartphone photos

We hope you find these pointers to be helpful. Just remember, you don’t have to be perfect, and the more you practice, the better you’ll become!

What other tips might you like to get? Let us know by sending questions, suggestions, feedback, and requests in an email to podcast-at-HubPages-dot-com.

Tips on Making Your Hubs Attractive

Attractive Hubs are more likely to keep readers on the page, so why not work on making your Hubs as pretty as possible?

Here are some simple things you can do to spruce up your online publications:

Do your Hubs need a touch up?

  • Break your text into multiple Text Capsules: By separating your Hub into multiple sections, you can float more attractive images (and other useful capsules) to the right. Having your information organized under multiple sub-headers also makes it easier for readers to skip around your Hub, making it a more reader-friendly resource.
  • Break your text into bullets: Just as multiple Text Capsules help to distinguish and separate different themes in a Hub, making it easier to skip around and find exactly what one is looking for, bullets and lists within a Text Capsule make information even easier to access (and to be sure, access is a thing of beauty).
  • Keep text clean: Hubs that avoid over-use of ALL CAPS, italicization, bolding, and underlining, as well as Hubs that have text broken down into bite-sized paragraphs, are much easier for readers to approach.
  • Use original photos: Nothing beats original photos. Even if they’re taken with a camera phone, we recommend using images that you’ve taken or created yourself. They may not be the most beautiful shots in the world, they are the most relevant and authentic images you could include in a guide or recipe, and when it comes to online articles, relevant + authentic = GORGEOUS!
  • Avoid stock images: A couple years back, stock images (known for having white backgrounds and being somewhat staged) were seen as a sign of professional polish. Today, they have more of a negative connotation and are associated with advertisements and low-quality websites. We recommend going with your own images or something with a more ‘authentic’ feel.
  • Use high-resolution images: Pixelated images go against our publishing standards and should never be included in a Hub, but we encourage you to go above and beyond by including high quality, high resolution images in your Hubs. When you add these lovely images, be sure to check the “View original size on click?” box in the Photo Capsule so that visitors may view these images in their entirety.

Making Hubs look good is quite easy- it’s all a matter of developing some good habits. Next time you draft a Hub, just make point of presenting simple, straightforward text and using original, genuine, high-quality images.

Image by Hamner_Fotos, CC-BY, via Flickr