If you are interested in having timely photos for your publication or web site — but can’t afford to subscribe to a professional news service — you can find them at a variety of sites.
One is www.defenselink. mil, which posts photos from many of the military’s operations, including combat in Iraq. These photos can be downloaded in a high-resolution format, so they can be used for print publications. Not only can many of these photos be dramatic, such as they one shown here, they come with full cutline information.
Because these photographs are produced by the military (an arm of the government), they are in the public domain and can be used without permission.
Remember: You should never use a photograph, drawing or other illustration unless it is in the public domain or unless you have specific permission from the owner to do so. Posting an item on a web site does not put it in the public domain. Be very careful about this.
(Posted Jan. 3, 2005)
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