How To Find Free Photos For Your Blog

Looking for free photos for your blog or website? The bad news is that you can’t just grab them from the net. You’ll face a whopping big fine if you do.

You can, however, find free photos on the web that you can use on your blog or, in some cases, on your website and in other marketing material.

Search tools

The tool I like best is PhotoPin, which searches through millions of creative commons photos on Flickr.

 

To find photos via PhotoPin, use the search box and type in any topic (e.g. fat orange cats). Preview the photo, and click “get photo” to download the picture as well as the proper attribution link.

Here’s a video on how it works.

 

Creative Commons (CC) licenses

When photos have a creative commons copyright license it means that you are free to use them, but only under certain conditions.

Think of it as a “some rights reserved” license.

The most important thing to keep in mind about these photos is that they must be attributed and used under the terms listed in the license.

Here’s an example of how to do it.

Hank getting a kiss from Annabelle© 2013 Dana, made available by a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDervis license.

Title? “Hank getting a kiss from Annabelle”

Author? “Dana” – linked to her profile page

Source? “Hank getting a kiss from Annabelle” – linked to original Flickr page

License? “Creative Commons Attribution-NoDervis” – linked to license deed

Note: you can also write the deed as CC BY-ND 2.0

The photo credits can go in the caption.

Here’s how.

 

Or you can include the photo credits at the end of your blog post.

See below or the end of this blog post for an example.

Photo credits

Looking at Mt. Baker © 2013 Tom CollinsCC BY-ND 2.0

Cool Hat Lucy © 2005 Julie FalkCC BY-NC 2.0

Hank getting a kiss from Annabelle© 2013 DanaCC BY-ND 2.0

Creative commons lets you share your material and creativity with the world. If you want to find out how you can mark your own material with a CC license go here.

Learn more

How using Google Images can cost you $8,000

PhotoPin search tool

Creative commons licenses explained (video)

Examples of creative commons licenses

Creative commons best practices for attribution

Other photo sources

 

Photo credits

Looking at Mt. Baker © 2013 Tom Collins, CC BY-ND 2.0

Cool Hat Lucy © 2005 Julie Falk, CC BY-NC 2.0

Hank getting a kiss from Annabelle© 2013 Dana, CC BY-ND 2.0

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