I am proud to be one of the first professional photographers offering free high quality photos for use on private websites and non-commercial blogs in return for a valid html link to my website.
As a professional photographer I have spent my life traveling all over the world to capture the essence of a setting, sometimes spending weeks and, in the case of wildlife, years setting up for a photo shoot. A lot of time and money is invested in just one photo, so offering my photos free is a big step to take. Photography is not only my passion but also my livelihood. At then end of the day, selling my photos is the way I support my family.
It may seem like professional suicide to offer free photos but it is important to consider new thoughts and perspectives and ways of doing things. Because I receive so many requests from individuals to use my photos for private websites and personal blogs, I have decided to take the extraordinary step and offer my photos for free.
There will be restrictions on their use, however. I feel very strongly that this is an important next step in the evolution of our global interconnectedness and I am very excited by the challenges and possibilities.
Conditions for the use of my free photos
Failure to follow this usage agreement will result in copyright infringement. Violations will be taken seriously. If we are to make this next step of cooperation succeed, we need to work together. I believe it is a fair deal to let you use my pictures in exchange for a link to my website, so please be fair too!
1. You must provide a valid/active html link back to my website. “Nofollow links, java script links” do not count.
The following are example codes for linking to my website. To use the codes, copy and paste the applicable code into your website or blog.
Feel free to link to any page on my website but photo galleries are preferred. For example, if you are writing about landscapes you could link to the photo gallery in my website titled “landscape”
Rolf Hicker Photography: <a href="http://www.rolfhickerphotography.com">free landscape photos</a>
Rolf Hicker Photography: <a href="http://www.rolfhickerphotography.com">free photos by Rolf Hicker</a>
<a href="http://www.rolfhickerphotography.com">Photo by Rolf Hicker Photography</a>
2. Use of my free photos is strictly for non-commercial private websites and non-commercial blogs only. All other uses, including commercial and Adult sites, will be in violation of copyright.
3. Free photos are not to be altered in any manner.
4. The imbedded watermark must be visible on the photo. You are not allowed to erase, lighten or tamper with the watermark in any way.
5. If you have Adsense on your website or blog please contact me.
6. The photographer disclaims any liability in connection with the use of these photos and keeps the right to withdraw this offer at any time
While it is not a requirement, I would appreciate it if you would let me know where you are using my free images. I may even have a chance to feature your website or blog.
If you like the idea of free photos please help me by promoting this idea. You can Tweet about it, “Like” it, “Link” to this page, or post it on Facebook and/or Myspace. As we are pioneers in a sense, it will be important and fun to see where this will lead us.
If you have any questions, comments or concerns about my free photos please contact me or leave a comment below.