Selecting the perfect image

At Voice.club, we highly value the images that accompany your stories.  When two stories are equally good, the story with the more impressive image will often take precedence in our selection process.

Many of you choose your images from Unsplash.com, which is an excellent source of public domain images, copyright-free and easy to use.  Several of you take your own photographs.  Some of you create original art work.  All these are excellent sources of the best possible images. 

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You can also search Google for other image download sites our member have mentioned:


How do you choose your images for your stories?  How important is the image in the presentation of your story?  What ideas can you share about determining the “perfect image”?  What have been some of your favorite images in the Voice.club stories?

We look forward to a lively discussion on this topic!

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  • Images under copyright will be disqualified
  • Images with watermarks will be disqualified
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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
1 year ago

I love that we have to choose an image for our stories on this site. It’s good practice for when you are looking for or designing the cover art for book covers. I have to say, I spend hours sometimes looking for the perfect image. Sometimes I need to play… Read more »

Eduardo Olivares
Eduardo Olivares(@eduardo-olivares)
Reply to  Carrie OLeary
1 year ago

Carrie: I shall re-read your concepts and commentaries on this amazing topic: meanwhile I thank you for all of your peculiar optics and fine recommendations. Let us keep it gorgeous and easy because the eye deserves it !!!

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
Reply to  Carrie OLeary
1 year ago

I can now answer my own question after looking into the licensing regulations on Unsplash. Even though the images are generally free to use, there are different regulations for usage in books, or for book covers, if the person in the image is clearly identifiable. In that case, you need… Read more »

Julie Harris
Julie Harris(@julie-harris)
Reply to  Carrie OLeary
1 year ago

Carrie, what software do you use to combine images together? I remember seeing a picture you created that was a younger you overlaying an older you. I thought it was quite brilliant. Which story was that?

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
Reply to  Julie Harris
1 year ago

Hi Julie, thank you. That was my ‘Not Old, but Experienced’ story (https://voice.club/story/fiction/20677/2021-micro-02-not-old-but-experienced). I use an app on my iPad now called Bazaart which is really simple to use but still gives some really good results. I think I also used another app called Waterlilli on that photo, but I’ve… Read more »

Julie Harris
Julie Harris(@julie-harris)
Reply to  Carrie OLeary
1 year ago

Thanks for the information. I don’t have Apple computers, so I guess Bazaart is out of my realm. I’ll have to do research on other software packages. I really love what you do with the mixing. It would be impossible to find pictures as perfect as yours without some artistic… Read more »

Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
1 year ago

I use Unsplash for my images but do find it a bit hit and miss. Sometimes the image takes less than minutes to find, others I seem to spend almost as much time searching for as I do on my story! And other times, it’s a compromise as the perfect… Read more »

Susan Dawson
Susan Dawson(@susan-dawson)
1 year ago

Half the time I use my own, half Unsplash. Usually my own are existing ones in my archive, but I have been known to go out and photograph a gate down the road to fit my story. In one instance, I changed the story to fit the best photo I… Read more »

Eduardo Olivares
Eduardo Olivares(@eduardo-olivares)
1 year ago

One of my choices is 1+ Million Royalty Free Images · Pexels , there you can find plenty of image options. Hope you can sink your teeth into it.  ?  Having saying that, I want to compare the whole process of image selection to what one does during… Read more »

Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
Reply to  Eduardo Olivares
1 year ago

Thank you Eduardo for identifying another selection of free images. I’ve just found the perfect one for my ‘mystery’ story.

Eduardo Olivares
Eduardo Olivares(@eduardo-olivares)
Reply to  Linda Rock
1 year ago

Wonderful. I am ready to read you !!!

Sandra James
Sandra James(@sandra-james)
Reply to  Eduardo Olivares
1 year ago

Thank you, Eduardo! I just had a look at some of the photos and it’s great to have another avenue to find the perfect image if I can’t take a photo myself. I noticed several that would fit my mystery story 🙂

Julie Harris
Julie Harris(@julie-harris)
Reply to  Eduardo Olivares
1 year ago

I’ll add my thanks to everyone else’s. I just went to the Pexels site and found the perfect picture for one of my new stories! You’re the man of the hour, Eduardo.

Eduardo Olivares
Eduardo Olivares(@eduardo-olivares)
Reply to  Julie Harris
1 year ago

Oh Julie. I feel so grateful for this community and for the soft scent of your friendship. So let us keep helping each other! ?

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
Reply to  Eduardo Olivares
1 year ago

My thanks too Eduardo, I managed to find the perfect, out of the ordinary, image immediately on Pexels when Unsplash let me down for one of my new stories ?

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Eduardo Olivares
1 year ago

Thank you for sharing with us another option for the selection of the best images, Eduardo. I visit the site now, and I found many beautiful photos to use. It is a big help for me.

Last edited 1 year ago by Lotchie Carmelo
Sandra James
Sandra James(@sandra-james)
1 year ago

Several times I’ve had my story ready to go, then realised I haven’t got a good photo to go with it! Some have been my own, the rest from Unsplash. I have written my first story for the new Mystery competition and hoping I get the chance to take the… Read more »

Julie Harris
Julie Harris(@julie-harris)
Reply to  Sandra James
1 year ago

How amazing was that Sandra, to actually bake Lamingtons for your story and then serve them to your family! I just read your story and loved it. Without the picture, I wouldn’t have known a Lamington from a Lambs Ear!

Sandra James
Sandra James(@sandra-james)
Reply to  Julie Harris
1 year ago

Thanks, Julie. Lambs Ear – now that’s another wonderful memory for me. My Mum used to grow them when I was young and my late brother and I used to stroke them and pretend they were real lambs 🙂 I have some growing in my garden, too, and hoping the… Read more »

Julie Harris
Julie Harris(@julie-harris)
1 year ago

I have to say I love the fact that we are required to send an image along with our stories. I sometimes read through some of the shortlisted stories on other sites and, first of all, they all seem too long (!) but secondly, they seem bland without an image.… Read more »

Eduardo Olivares
Eduardo Olivares(@eduardo-olivares)
Reply to  Julie Harris
1 year ago

Do it in a happily fashion ☺️?✋? great pics for them all !!!

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
1 year ago

Am I the only one to browse photos on Google? I have found nice photos there several times. Of course, a lot of them have water stamps that show that they are copyrighted, but not always. Unsplash is also useful, as often are photos we can find in our own… Read more »

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
Reply to  Christer Norrlof
1 year ago

Just be careful when selecting an image by browsing Google, Christer. Just because it isn’t watermarked does not necessarily mean that you are free to use it without the permission of the person who owns the image. The watermark is put on to make them more difficult to use, but… Read more »

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
Reply to  Carrie OLeary
1 year ago

Thanks for the advice, Carrie. I guess that makes Google practically impossible to use. I should have known that.

Fuji
Fuji(@fuji)
Reply to  Christer Norrlof
1 year ago

No, no, Christer, Google is a wonderful, legal resource for pictures! I’ve been using Google images for years, by limiting my search to those Google images that have a Creative Commons license. Here are instructions on how to do that: https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/29508?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en&oco=0 When I do a Search for “all”, and then… Read more »

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
Reply to  Fuji
1 year ago

Wow, Fuji! Ever so helpful! This is what I needed to know since I don’t have an clue about such things. Your Isabel picture is, just like that Goya/Ronda-story, wonderful. I returned to it mostly to look at Isabel again, but also to read your story once more. Thanks again!

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Fuji
1 year ago

Thank you for sharing the instruction, Fuji. It is very helpful.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Carrie OLeary
1 year ago

Oh, thank you for this cautious information, Carrie. I mostly used to copy and paste pictures from google. 

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago

Thank you everyone for sharing information and ideas on the sources of your photo selection for your story. I am glad to know about unsplash and 1+ Million Royalty Free Images · Pexels. I hope I can use this one day when I am ready to submit my stories. Stories… Read more »

Melissa Taggart
Melissa Taggart(@melissa-taggart)
1 year ago

I also love that we are able to choose an image for our stories. This is just my opinion, of course, but I believe the perfect image is one we take ourselves! Every story I have written has been based on a photo I have captured during my daily goings-on.… Read more »

Fuji
Fuji(@fuji)
Reply to  Melissa Taggart
1 year ago

Your pictures are indeed perfect, Melissa! I always enjoy them. However, I don’t have a camera, and in fact, don’t even have a cell phone, so using my own pictures is not an option. I usually search Unsplash, and then the Google Creative Commons. Recently I tried Eduardo’s suggestion of… Read more »

Melissa Taggart
Melissa Taggart(@melissa-taggart)
Reply to  Fuji
1 year ago

I didn’t even take this into consideration. Of course not everyone would have a camera. Sorry if I caused any offence, Fuji. I have never heard of “Unsplash,” I’ll have to check it out!

I also agree with you. Pictures and stories go hand in hand. ❤️

Fuji
Fuji(@fuji)
Reply to  Melissa Taggart
1 year ago

Oh, Melissa, you did not cause any offence at all. Quite the opposite – your comments, as always, are an inspiration and a source of joy! Photos taken by the author are indeed a rare and beautiful art form and it’s a thrill to have them on our site!

Melissa Taggart
Melissa Taggart(@melissa-taggart)
Reply to  Fuji
1 year ago

Fuji, thank you for your kind words! ?

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
8 days ago

Just as an add on to this topic. A year or so later and there are even more options available in AI art software. I use an app called Wonder, but there are loads of different ones available. It can be a bit hit and miss, hands in particular can… Read more »

Fuji
Fuji(@fuji)
Reply to  Carrie OLeary
3 days ago

That’s very helpful information, Carrie. I’ve wondered how you create those amazing graphics.

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