Working with images

Using images

Creative storytelling is supported through the sharing of visual knowledge through the internet. Searching for images online can enable people to see different ways of expressing the emotion and meaning of the story they are trying to tell. Where images are used from online sources it is critical that they are referenced, and that the Creative Commons agreement cited. Sourcing images through Creative Commons searches is the most effective avenue.

Participants must be made aware that pictures on the internet, and music are more than likely copyrighted materials and cannot be used without permission. Trainers should have a collection of royalty free music and free-for-use-images, and participants should be made aware of creative commons searching.

As far as possible,  it is best though to have participants take their own pictures, informed by their story-boards. This makes the end product truly unique and individual, and also captures the particular context of the geographical area where the story took place, rather than where public images are common.

Image rights and Creative Commons

Creative Commons copyright licenses provide a way to give public permission to share and use your creative work — on conditions of your choice. Creative Commons licenses let you easily change your copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved.”Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright. They work alongside copyright and enable you to modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs

You can search for Creative Commons through Flickr and Google. Other useful sites include Wiki media ( and the noun project, which collects illustrations of noun words through open source technology ( Other sites include:; and

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