When I came across the above quote “I really appreciate that they create original photographs to accompany each of their posts, rather than simply copying images from elsewhere” from the blog Uppercase a couple days ago, it put something into words that I had been thinking about for a while. A lot of design blogs are kind of the same in part b/c people are 1. talking about the same stuff, but 2. using the same images. Some of those design blog issues I’ve mentioned before at DesignNotes but within the context of blogs and photos it’s worth exploring more. For the most part I agree with the Uppercase quote – I try to do the same thing here. Whenever I can take the opportunity to make my own image I will. But it’s not a black and white issue. Any time I do a Friday Link Drop I try to always give a screen capture of what someone is going to see if they click on the link. It wouldn’t be appropriate otherwise. Other times it just makes sense to show what is already out there. The other big issue for me is where to host the images I use for a post – whether I’ve taken it or not. A couple years ago I just uploaded the files via the blog upload tool – but one day I accidentally deleted that folder and my images were gone. If you go deep into the DesignNotes archives and see an image missing – that’s why. Soon after that to safeguard a mass delete I started hosting all my images on flickr. It’s a tricky balancing act b/c I want to make clear what I’ve taken and what is someone else’s work, and in almost every case I’m using that image to send it to the said person’s site. If anything, I would encourage people to shoot their own images if they can which in turn will make their blog more about their own POV as opposed to a coming off as a pr memo. Any thoughts?