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What Is Creative Commons?

What is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. For more information, go to http://creativecommons.org/about

Creative commons allows you to utilize a wide variety of media such as photos, videos, music, and clip art from a wide variety of sources. You can use the creative commons search query by going to https://search.creativecommons.org.

Why use Creative Commons?

As a contributor to Creative Commons, you are able to create a license for other people to use your work. You may set certain restrictions to the capacity in which your work is used.

As a user of Creative Commons, you may utilize available media within the restrictions set by the creator. Please be aware of the restrictions or exceptions that apply to the media before you use it to make sure that you do not violate the Creative Commons license.

What is Copyright?

Copyright is the exclusive legal right, given to an originator or an assignee to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do the same.

Copyright licenses provide a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work — on conditions of your choice. CC licenses let you easily change your copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved.”


What is Public Domain?

Public domain works is content that is not restricted by copyright which means that it is free to use by the public. There are three main categories that Public Domain work falls under:

  1.   Works that are automatically entered into the Public Domain because they are not able to be copyrighted
  2.   Works that creators have assigned to Public Domain
  3.   Works whose copyright have expired which include
  4.    Works published in the U.S. before 1923
  5.   Works published with a copyright notice from 1923 – 1963 without copyright renewal
  6.    Works published without a copyright notice from 1923 – 1977
  7.   Works published without a copyright notice from 1978 – March 1, 1989 and without subsequent registration within 5 years

For more specifics about Public Works, visit the following website


The following websites are places where you can find a wide variety of different Public Domain works:

Resources for Mobile Phone and Tablet Photography

  1. Before You Start
  2. Rule of Thirds: Setting the Grid Feature on Your iPhone
  3. Adjusting Manual Exposure on Your iPhone
  4. More iPhone Photo & Video Capture Resources
  5. Android Camera Advanced Camera Settings & Photo Resources
  6. More Gadgets and Gear for Mobile Phone & Tablet Photography


1.  Before You Start 

  • Clean your lens with a lens cloth. Make sure lens is not cracked.
  • Experiment with the camera control options available when you open your photo app. Adjust controls manually, rather than relying on automatic settings. Manual adjustment will often result in a better photograph.
  • Go to the SETTINGS menu on your phone. You can change the resolution of your photos as well as enable other camera features. Make sure your camera is set to the highest resolution. 
  • Remember to hold the camera still when you take a photo.
  • Read up on Focus, Composition, and Lighting.
  • Find resources about composing mobile photos here: http://blog.curalate.com/2015/08/03/how-to-master-the-composition-of-mobile-photos


2. Rule of Thirds: Setting the Grid Feature on Your iPhone

  • Open the SETTINGS menu on your iPhone. Choose Camera & Video. Enable the grid to help you practice the rule of thirds.

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Remember, there are many different apps out there that you can download and use for your photo and video capturing. Many of the apps have a free version.


3. Adjusting Manual Exposure 

  • When you tap the screen to focus on your subject, your camera may also set the exposure automatically. This can lead to your photo being over exposed. You can adjust your picture’s exposure manually by tapping on the three overlapping circles on the top right of the screen).

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  • Read more about iPhone manual camera controls here: http://www.imore.com/camera-api-ios-8-explained
  • Read more about taking low light photos on your mobile phone here: http://thenextweb.com/creativity/2015/07/04/13-tips-for-shooting-low-light-photos-on-your-phone-like-a-pro/


4. More iPhone Photo & Video Capture Resources


5. Android Camera Advanced Camera Settings & Photo Resources

Visit the links below to learn how to use many of the advanced camera settings. Most people never use these, but they are essential for great mobile photography. These sites include image examples of exposure value, ISO, white balance, aspect ratio, geotagging, and saving to SD cards.


6. More Gadgets and Gear for Mobile Phone & Tablet Photography 

  • Here is an example of a tripod compatible with the  iPhone.
  • Here is a mount that you attach to a tripod that you already have (compatible with iPhone and Android).
  • Here is a list of more photo gear for mobile phone photography including wide angle lenses.
  • Here is a list of more photo gear for iPads.