Free Photo

I would like to give away some of my images for use in web pages, blogs, etc. I think I will do them one at a time. In the Categories area on the right sidebar you will see Free Photos. This category will only be used for free photos so that you can click on that to see them all.

Many won’t be large enough to use in print materials but I will try to get some larger ones up in the future.

Here is the first one. This is the full size picture. Windows users right click to save. Mac users are smart enough to know what to do.

Also see Scripture in Pictures for a lot more free pictures.

These images may be used for the web for non-profit use. If you use an image directly to sell a product, it would be nice to be compensated in a small way. If so, contact me using the address listed in the sidebar to the right. If you have banner ads on your blog or affiliate programs, that doesn’t matter. If in doubt, don’t worry about it.

10 Responses to “Free Photo”

  1. 1 Mitchell Powell

    That’s an excellent thing you’re doing. Maybe I’ll use some of them to spruce up my rather white site. And conceptually, your policy’s a big step forward from the all-right-reserved don’t-copy-or-i’ll-sue-you paranoid copyright protection you see somewhere. Thanks for the sharing.

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    Mitchell, I did a little reading on the copyright stuff that your interested in. As a former musician and photographer, I have mixed feelings. I could go on quite a bit about it but don’t want to spend the time now.

    As far as photos, it has always been pounded into my head “never give your work away!”. But it’s not like I’m going to make money on these. I have some photos I took years ago at four micro stock agencies but I really should be giving these photos away. And I’d like to take more in the future as a service. I will add some scenic type stuff too, but I want to do a lot of Bible stuff which may be in shorter supply.

  3. 3 Drewe

    Hey Jeff,

    Thanks for linking my site!

    I agree with you on the ‘giving away’ thing. It is hard for me sometimes – I am a professional photographer, and I actually earn my living selling photos… So you can see too much free won’t be a good thing!

    But God has also given a talent, and wants us to share. If I can help others spread the gospel in some small way, then, I will. As I said to my pastor once when he asked about pricing for photography, ‘when working for the church, I just ask the Big Guy upstairs – he always pays well!’

    BTW, if you ever want to contribute to my site (with a link back of course), let me know.


  4. 4 Mitchell Powell

    I have mixed feelings too. And although I think it’s great when people decide to fully or partially share their work with the public, I can understand the reason for copyright. And so what I do with my “informational freedom” bit is provide links to pages that are making free or semi-open works easy to use, and to pages that are engaging in the conversation about what is and what’s not good use of copyright.

    Probably my main point of contention with copyright law is that right now it shows very little sensitivity to the nature of violations and makes it almost impossible for someone (a blogger for example) to know whether they’re engaging in legitimate fair use or whether they’re opening themselves to heavy liability. What you’ve done is made it clear that while you don’t want other people financially exploiting you, you also want to share. And that’s awesome.

  5. 5 Scripture Zealot

    Drewe you’re welcome. You have a ton more stuff than me and I’m not doing it professionally anymore. I’ll let you know if I want to contribute anything.

    Mitchell, I remember you saying that it can be confusing and how many publishers/artists should be more specific for the in between stuff. I used to play trombone in church and got a CD of a bunch of songs and was thinking this guy is violating copyright. But we’re able to legally play the music in the service.

    With smaller recording artists, people don’t realize how much it cost to make an album and how little money they make off of it. If Christians knew that, they might not be as willing to steal the music. Also with photographers, whenever you hire them or use a photo, you’re also renting thousands of dollars of equipment (although many of my recent pictures were taken with a good point and shoot and external flash).

    And when people think “God’s Word” should be free, then the translation committee should work for free and the publishers format it and pay the cost of materials, salaries etc. But the ESV, NLT and ISV are doing nice things in the middle ground by offering their translations free for many free Bible study programs like E-Sword which is good. You can get it on the web free anyway so why not.

    I’ll stop there. You have more opinions on it than me I’m sure.

  6. 6 Mitchell Powell

    For the record, despite any quibbles I might have over the structure of copyright laws, I’m opposed to illegally downloading it. It’s not right just to ignore inconvenient laws, however badly and unclearly they may be written.

    As to God’s Word and freeness, I’m not going to tell translation committee’s or publishers they should work for free. And I’m thankful for their generous agreement to make them available online (the only exception to my good feelings about this would be the NET, because of some things they’ve said that seem to me deceptive). But I would definitely like to see at least one quality modern translation that is fully free of copyright. That hasn’t happened yet, but I hope one day it will, because I’ve seen more unintentional violations of copyright law by good people quoting the Bible innocently than I’d care to count.


  7. 7 Scripture Zealot

    Yeah we have to obey the law, no two ways about it. But things certainly could be more multi-level and clear. Let us know what really is OK even if it isn’t stated now.

    What about the NET is deceptive?

    I’m not sure how they’re different than the ESV and they don’t include all their notes in e-Sword format which is strange.

  8. 8 Mitchell Powell

    The NET was, according to its preface, first created because, in the opinion of the authors, wanted a version which was free from inconvenient copyright restrictions–an open translation for which copyright would not become a restriction. As it is written in the book of the NET preface,

    Our ministry,, was created to be a source of trustworthy Bible study resources for the world, so that everyone is guaranteed free access to these high quality materials. In the second year of’s ministry (1995) it became clear that a free online Bible would be needed on the website since copyrighted Bibles can’t be quoted in a huge collection of online studies.

    Which is noble.

    In fact, they even went so far as to say that The Bible is God’s gift to humanity – it should be free.

    They did decide to retain their copyright claim, but they said they were doing so only to safeguard the translation from misuse. We don’t like the copyright notice on the second page of the NET Bible, but we don’t yet know the best way to fix it.

    And yet, after all this talk, they are now restricting use of the NET with full scholarly notes and selling it at $19.95 a copy. It may not be lying in a technical sense, but it seems like a case of ideals being thrust aside for money. You cannot serve us the “God Word should be free argument” and also demand Mammon.

    And so for me the difference between the ESV and the NET is not the final result, but rather the fact that as far as I know the ESV never morally condemned copyright-and-sale practice before engaging in it.

  9. 9 Scripture Zealot

    Looks like they might not have known what they were getting into.

  10. 10 Mitchell Powell

    Possibly not. And yet their preface, even in their latest updated online edition, says all those same things without the slightest hint of change of heart.

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