I think it’s important to give credit to the people who offer the images, and so I try always to make the image itself a link back to the source. And I try to include a credit (like at the bottom of my posts), linking to the photographer’s profile.
One other thing I’ve been doing is writing a brief note to the photographer. I thank him for sharing. I include a link to the photo (so he knows which one I’m talking about), and I include a link to the blog post (in case he’s curious about how I used the image).
I’m often surprised by the associations I make based on the images. Even if my contact with the photographer is a one-time thing, it reminds me that there aren’t events–but there are connections.
By the way, the April edition of the Working / Learning blog carnival has arrived, hosted at Dave Wilkins’ Social Enterprise blog. It’s worth a visit.
CC-licensed hoto of phone photo by Dave.Hull.