How to Use Photos Legally on Your Website or Blog

When you write online, you're not just a writer - you're also editor and graphic designer for your articles, and you will keep your reader engaged for longer if you give them images and videos to watch as well as your fascinating prose! However, if you want to avoid a costly law suit*, you need to ensure you're using images and photos legally.

Using a photo illegally can get you in trouble
Using a photo illegally can get you in trouble | Source

The Easy Solution

In this article I'm going to explain how to properly choose and attribute photos so you can use them safely - but if you'd rather not have to deal with all that, there is an easier way. There are some websites which offer photos that ARE free to use without any strings attached. The popular ones are:


Simply find the photo you want, download it, and upload it to your site. You're done.


If you can't find suitable photos on those sites, Google "free photo sites" for more - but be careful! Some sites LOOK like free photo websites, but they're not.

Royalty-free Stock Photos

Royalty-free photos are NOT free! The old way of selling photos was to charge a fee for every use - so if you were printing 5,000 brochures, for instance, you'd pay a royalty for every single brochure. That's not practical for websites, so most photographs are now sold for an upfront fee instead of royalties. Such photos are called "royalty-free"- but you do have to pay that upfront fee if you want to use them, so they're not free.

Social Sharing Websites

It's not legal to use photos from Pinterest, Photobucket or other similar sites. Members there are often sharing photos they don't own! They may get away with it because they're just sharing, but when you put it on a website where you want to make money, it becomes commercial and the copyright owners may come after you. If you think you've found a free photo site, take a look at their terms & conditions or About pages and make sure they explicitly say the photos are legal to re-use commercially.

Google Images

You can search on Google for images, but Google does NOT guarantee that the images are free to use. Their search is far from perfect and often brings up photos that aren't free at all! If you see a photo you like on Google Image Search, you must click "Visit Page" to look at the original site and check if the image is genuinely available for re-use.

Photo Copyright

If you want to use a photo that's on any other website, it's not enough to link to the website you got it from. You have to be sure it's not under copyright - because if it is, you cannot use it legally and you could be sued for thousands of dollars if you do.

Copyright law is complex,but the basic rule for images is very simple:

ALL images and photos on ALL websites are copyright, UNLESS the website has a statement that says otherwise.

But There's No Watermark!

Some people think they can use any photo, provided it's not watermarked. That's incorrect.

A watermark doesn't mean copyright. Watermarked images are samples of photos being offered for sale: it's a way for the photographer to protect the image until you've paid for it.

I'm sure you've heard of magazines paying thousands for an exclusive photo of a celebrity baby, and you know that other magazines would be sued if they published it - and yet you won't find a watermark or copyright symbol on any photo in the New York Times or Vogue, will you? Publications don't want marks spoiling the image, so it's the rule that a photo is automatically copyrighted with no need for a symbol. That's the way it has always worked in newspapers and magazines - and that tradition has transferred to the internet.

Repeat: ALL images and photos on ALL websites are copyright, UNLESS the website says otherwise

If a photo is available for you to use, there will always be a statement somewhere on the website saying so. It may be on the same page as the photo, or you may have to delve into the site's Terms & Conditions or About pages to find it. If you can't find anything, the images are copyright and you can't use them.

If the photos are marked "public domain", you can use them freely without saying where you got them - but most photos and images are released under some kind of license, which has conditions attached - the most common requirement being that you must provide a photo credit.

The Photographer, Not the Site

A photo credit is NOT about telling the reader where to find the photo. It's about acknowledging the photographer. So it's not enough to say you got the photo on Flickr or Wikimedia - that would be like someone quoting your Hub, then giving the credit to HubPages instead of you!

Thanking the Photographer

There is no single "right" way to provide a photo credit. One place you can't put it is in the caption - because the caption can't be a link. Since you're using their photo, you must give the photographer a backlink. As an online writer, you understand the value of backlinks, don't you?

This article is written mainly for members of HubPages, so here are the instructions for providing a photo credit on a Hub:

There are two possible places to put the link:

  1. by pasting the URL in the "Source" field in the photo capsule itself. Put the photographer's name in the "Name" field. You'll see an example in the first photo.
  2. if you have several photos by the same photographers, or if the licence requires you to include a lot of information, you can put the credit at the end of your Hub, and put "see Photo Credit" in the photo capsule. Ideally, you should link that to the Photo Credit capsule (see below for instructions) - but it's not essential.

It's always neater to use the photographer's name to create a proper hyperlink, instead of simply pasting the URL.

Wikimedia - Not Public Domain

Many people assume that images on Wikipedia and Wikimedia are public domain. Some are, but most are not - they're subject to licenses like any other site. Most are usable with attribution, but it's up to you to provide the credit required.

An example of a link to the photo credit capsule
An example of a link to the photo credit capsule | Source

Wikimedia Commons is a popular source for newbie writers, because they think the images are fair game. They're not - you need to provide credit just as you'd do for any other site. Luckily, Wikimedia makes it easy by providing links you can click on and copy.

Find the photo you want, click on "more details", and you should see a list of links down the right-hand side of the photo.

Click on the "Use this file on the web" link to the right of the photo. In the box that comes up, the first line (Page URL) is the line that you paste into the Source URL. The third line (Attribution) is the one that you paste into the Name of Source. There's no need to add ANY of the other stuff about licences etc.

The Photo Credit Capsule

Some Creative Commons licences (and some photo websites) may require you to provide a lot of information, e.g. the type of licence, possibly a copyright notice, and sometimes a link to the website as well. The result looks cumbersome if you show it all in the photo capsule, and distracts from your caption.

The good news is that a separate Photo Credits section will fulfil all your obligations: there's nothing to say you must put source links in the photo capsules.

HubPages doesn't provide a special Photo Credits capsule. You can use a Text or Links capsule instead. Place it at the end of your Hub. If you have a lot of photos, you may get a warning about too many links grouped together - but don't worry, it's allowed if the links are citing sources or crediting photos.

Even in your Credits capsule, you don't have to repeat all the required information for every photo, if it's the same. For instance, if all your photos are from Flickr, you don't have to credit Flickr every time - just credit each photographer, then finish the capsule with "All photos from". Similarly, if all the photos are under the same licence, finish the capsule with "All photos provided under Creative Commons Licence 3.0" rather than stating it separately for each one.

Now all that's left is to refer your readers to the Credits capsule. That's easy - put "See Photo Credits below" in the Name field. If you're feeling clever, you can make that a link to the Photo Credits capsule itself! This Hub by Darkside explains how to create a link to another capsule.

There are some lovely pictures on free photo sites - but not if you're looking for something outside the mainstream. Whereas on Flickr, you'll find lots of quirky personal shots, and plenty of photographs by professionals too, on almost any subject you can think of. And Flickr photos are not only easy to use, it gives you a chance to interact with the photographers if you wish, and even get more publicity for your Hub or blog.


How to Find "Legal" Photos on Flickr

You can't use just any old picture on Flickr. Some photos are "All Rights Reserved" (which means you can't use them at all) and others have restrictions on their use. To find the photos you can use on HubPages or your blog/website, you need to do an Advanced Search:

  1. Open the website.
  2. Leave the search box empty and click on "Search"
  3. On the next page you should see "Advanced Search" under the "Search" button. Again, leave the search box blank and click on "Advanced Search". That will take you to the Advanced Search page.

Or, you can cheat and follow this link:

All Rights Reserved?

Is the photo you want to use "All Rights Reserved"? If you really want it, don't give up. Message the photographer and ask their permission to use the photo. Explain how you're going to use it and offer to link to their website or page. You may be surprised how often they will say yes!

If you add a descriptive caption, the image is more likely to be found by Google Image Search
If you add a descriptive caption, the image is more likely to be found by Google Image Search | Source

Now to do an Advanced Search:

  • Enter a word or phrase to describe what you're looking for (in Ms Lizzy's case, probably "cats")
  • Scroll all the way down and you'll see a section titled "Creative Commons". Tick "Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content" AND "Find content to use commercially".

Why commercial? Because if you're displaying ads on your Hub or blog, even if you're an amateur and just doing it for fun, it's still classed as commercial.

Now click the "Search" button and voila, you should have a host of photographs to browse through. To look at a photo full-size, click on it. To go back to the gallery, use the "back" button in your browser.

Flickr Tip #1

When you create the photo credit, link to the photographer's photostream (his/her main Flickr page), not the individual photo. That way, even if the photographer removes the photo from Flickr, you don't get a broken link.

How to Upload a Photo from Flickr

When you see a photo you like in the gallery, click on it and you'll go to the page where it's displayed full-size. Click the info button (a small i in a circle in the right sidebar) to double-check the licence. If it doesn't say "all rights reserved", you're good to go.

  • Click on the three dots icon in the right sidebar and select "Download/All Sizes".
  • Click on the size you want - don't worry if you're not sure, you'll get a chance to change your mind later.

Now you can open the HubPages photo capsule, and upload the photo. Don't forget to add a caption and a photo credit!

Flickr Tip #2

There is one other way to thank the photographer - but it's an extra, not a substitute for the link on your Hub, which is compulsory.

If you sign up for Flickr, you can leave a comment on the photo page, thanking the photographer and telling him/her where you've used it. I've had some lovely conversations with photographers as a result, and been offered more photographs not published on Flickr!

Another Option - Flickrstorm

There is another way to search for items on Flickr. It's a separate website called Flickrstorm.

All you have to do is click "advanced", enter your search term, select "for commercial use" in the drop-down box and click "search".

The advantage of Flickrstorm is that you can see a large version of the photos you like without leaving the gallery. Plus it remembers the photos you've looked at. When you find one you want to use, click the "open on Flickr" link and follow the usual instructions to upload the photo.

The downside is that it returns only a limited number of photos. I used it a lot at one time, but found that I was missing some great photos by not looking at the full search results available on Flickr itself.

If you're not technically minded, all this may sound fiddly at first - but as you get used to it, you'll find it gets faster and easier. Anyway, it's worth it to enrich your Hubs with some fabulous photos!

Photo Credits

Thank you to the following photographers for the photos on this Hub, which are published under Creative Commons Licence 3.0:

All photos are from

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I want to be a tiger when I grow up | Source

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norlawrence 5 weeks ago from California

Great article. I learned a lot. Thanks for the share.

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norlawrence 8 weeks ago from California

Really learned a lot from this article. Thanks. The pictures were also great.

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Kiane 4 months ago from Kyiv

Thank you for this informative hub :) For me, as for a newbie, it was helpful!

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M G Del Baglivo 8 months ago

Very informative, Marisa. I had just about given up on Flickr because I find it frustrating and confusing, but Wikimedia is limited in the selection. Thank you for helping me and others!

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Tabalipa 10 months ago from Hannover

Great Marisa, I was about to make a research on it today, but I think you covered everything!

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Cee-Jay Aurinko 10 months ago from Cape Town, South Africa

Very informative post Marissa. I'm glad I read it. My favorite part: "The Photographer, Not The Site." You know why. Haha.

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poetryman6969 20 months ago

Some good advice on using photos. Thanks!

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Kristen Howe 20 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Marissa, thanks for answering my questions earlier this month. This was a great hub with useful advice. I haven't been to Flickr yet for photos, but I will give it a go next month.

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peachpurple 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home

it is hard to get my cat to take pictures, she will always go near the lens

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Marisa Wright 22 months ago from Sydney Author

@Blackspaniel, you don't need an account at Flickr to use their images.

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Blackspaniel1 22 months ago

I have never used flickr. I do not have an account for there. My first choice is my own images, or those I know I have a right to use.

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MarieLB 23 months ago from Yamba

Hi Marisa, I made a sticky note on my screen to read this hub of yours, and finally I did! So glad. It is really useful, exceptionally so. Very good of you to share such useful tips. I have finally had my problem with credits solved for me, thanks. I have always thought it looks so bulky and unsophisticated. Your solution is excellent, thanks.

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Marisa Wright 23 months ago from Sydney Author

@vineliner, sorry, your comment was in the spam folder for no apparent reason. HubPages has now made the "source" box no follow which is great news.

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Bartholomew Hearn 23 months ago

Learned a lot. Very useful indeed. Thanks.

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Sunder1 23 months ago from India

You have given good choice to find legal photos for post,thank you very much

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Indianjewellery 23 months ago from Mumbai

Nice detailed article..thanks to remind me about flikr again

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Judy Filarecki 23 months ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

I love the cat pictures. Fortunately, I have a cat that loves things like curling up in the bathroom sink or climbing into the drier, so I have a pretty good source for my cat hubs.

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vineliner57 2 years ago from Bloomington, IN

I use flickr and wikipedia a lot, but have found that flickr is slow most of the time, which causes a bit of frustration when using the browser "back" button to return to the search page. Instead, I will right click on an image I like and open it in another tab. That keeps the search page open and I can look through more choices without having to wait for flickr to reload.

You would not believe how many times I have found a better picture farther down on the search page!

I wish that HubPages would make the "source" box no-follow. Surely that would help out from an SEO perspective.

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Lionrhod 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

Super helpful! Thanks so much!

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KathyMcGraw2 2 years ago from California

This was quite useful to me as I like the way you put all your CC image credits in one spot, with the license number. I used to just do it with a list of links I made, but this looks easier.

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Melinda Longoria 2 years ago from Garland, Texas

This was so helpful. Thank you! I couldn't find the advanced button so I had to use your direct link. Super glad that you made the direct link available. Sincerlely, Mel

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Craan 2 years ago from Florida

Thank you for this great advise! I've been scratching my head coming up with pictures I draw myself. I was wondering how to use other peoples photographs on my hubs.

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Torrs13 2 years ago from California

I find a lot of my photos on Flickr and always check to make sure they have the appropriate license before I use them. Providing a backlink to the creator is absolutely essential, so I'm glad you mentioned that. Great information!

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Marisa Wright 2 years ago from Sydney Author

Mary, HubPages has always taken the same attitude - it's just that the monitoring of photo attribution is largely manual, and they don't have the staff to do it. In the past I think Hubbers were more vigilant about flagging "illegal" photos which helped the moderators, but I think there are fewer members doing that now.

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mary615 2 years ago from Florida

When I first started here on HP, I tried out Flickr, but stopped for several reasons. I want to look into for free stock and also purchased photos. Are you familiar with that site?

I don't think HP is as strict now as they used to be about attributing photos. I see a lot of Hubs with NO attribution at all.

I have bookmarked this Hub to go back and reread.

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Earl Noah Bernsby 2 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

I was almost ready to swear off Flickr — due to some recent annoyances dealing with improperly licensed photos — until I read this Hub! It really is a great resource, and a neat way to interact with photographers. I also learned something new: it is better to link to a photographer's photo stream, rather than the exact photo. #marisarocks!

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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Marisa, this is a very much appreciated hub -- it answers all the questions I have had running around in my mind about Flickr and proper image usage. Thank you so much. I am bookmarking for reference and also sharing.

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Gail Meyers 2 years ago from United States

I like Wikimedia Commons, but I will start trying Flickr more with Flickrstorm. Thanks for the great tip! I stopped using Flickr because it seemed that each time I searched I ended up with pages of irrelevant photos to scroll through - mostly picture of bands performing. You always have the greatest tips! Thanks again!

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angryelf 2 years ago from Tennessee

Very good resource for newbies! Great hub!

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B. Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared with followers.

Thanks for this hub. I have bookmarked it on my browser.

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Purple Perl 2 years ago from Bangalore,India

So useful, needed this. Thanks Marisa.

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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

This is quite helpful, informative and useful hub! Thanks for sharing the detailed way of using Flickr photos. Vote up!

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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

My second visit here. Great information and super instruction. Thanks.

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JessBraz 2 years ago from Canada

I absolutely appreciate this hub! I am so excited to learn that I can use photos off of flickr! I've never used the site before to get photos for my hubs (or any other reason) but I've been mildly aware of it's existence. Every time I search in Google for "free stock photos of ____" while working on a hub, I always find photos from flickr- but I've never used them because I didn't know I could. I want to be sure I do everything by the book as far as HP is concerned and I didn't want to use photos that I wasn't technically allowed to.

I'm so excited to learn it's okay to use flickr photos (under creative commons, of course :) I've been using which has been good to me thus far, but sometimes I have a hard time finding that photo that would fit just perfectly. This new piece of info is going to make such a difference in my future hubs!

Thanks so much for the helpful info!


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wish-list-gifts 3 years ago from USA

This was sooo helpful. I couldn't figure it out for the life of me. Thank you!

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Marsha Musselman1 3 years ago from Michigan, USA

Thank you Marissa for the helpful hub. I recently uploaded one of my own pictures to flickr, but then when I wanted to copy it to my hub I didn't see that it had the right photo extension.

I ended up taking another picture like the one I uploaded there to use. I'll have to check it out again using your instructions.

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Marisa Wright 3 years ago from Sydney Author

LOL, glad you found it anyway! Flickr has changed the method about three times since I wrote this Hub, I've had to update it several times. It looks like I need to revise it again!

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Jennifer Suchey 3 years ago from Northern California

So I was trying to figure out how to get a Flickr photo into my hub today and finally did a Google search to figure it out. I read a really great and well written hub and then cracked up when I saw your name at the bottom. Figures!

I do have to say this mechanics of getting the photo off of Flickr was different for me. There was no "view all sizes" in the right hand corner or anywhere for that matter. I finally tried "control click" (on my Mac, so I guess that's "right click" on a PC), and a list popped up with an option to view sizes. I choose a size and another window opens up where I "control click" on the photo again and choose "copy image address".

I don't know if it's changed since you first wrote the hub or if it's just different for me for some reason, but thought I'd let you know. Thanks for yet another great hub.

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jemuelO 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Very useful! Voted up and followed.

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Ceres Schwarz 3 years ago

This is really helpful and useful. Thanks for the tip about the 'Copy Image Location'. I didn't know about that. You're right that copying the URL of the photo into the photo capsule doesn't work.

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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Thank you for this easy-to-follow tutorial. I've bookmarked this great hub. Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and will share!

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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Useful information, advice and tips here Marisa. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.

Votes up and sharing!

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Neinahpets 3 years ago from Greater Toronto Area, Canada

So very very useful for me! Thank you so much for sharing!!

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todom12 3 years ago

Thanks so much for the info. Will do.

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sallybea 3 years ago from Norfolk

Definitely one I shall bookmark if I need an image for something other than the images I generally take. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

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NateB11 3 years ago from California, United States of America

I quit trying to use Flickr awhile back because I couldn't get the photos to upload; now I see what I was doing wrong. Thanks for the info.

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chicagoguy 3 years ago from Chicago ,USA

good informations !! thanks

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shai77 3 years ago

Well this is just a fabulous resource. Thanks so much for the great tutorial, it will come in handy. Vu & useful.

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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

I use Flickr quite often. In fact, I've had some traffic as a result of my asking the photographer if I could use their photo on a Hub I did about a foreclosed house. I found the perfect photo. He said I could use his photo, and was very gracious.

Voted this UP, etc.

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mommymaya 3 years ago from Arkansas

Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge! It has been extremely helpful.

Atyq 3 years ago

I've wondered how best to use Flikr. I like Wikipedia Commons, but it is limited. Wiki has a lot of photos in the public domain however.

Thanks for the tips, Marissa!

Best regards, ATYQ

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goosegreen 4 years ago

Everyday I find something in hubpages to help my work. Thank you.

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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thanks so much for your useful hub. I had wondered how to correctly use Flickr.

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sweetguide 4 years ago from River side

Hi, Another great Hub full of really interesting information.

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travel-O-grapher 4 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

that bit about the creative commons thing is cool... something i'll be sure to look into nxt time im writing a hub!

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The-BestMouseTrap 4 years ago from The heartland, USA

Thanks for a very informative post, I was using stockexchange, this is much better.

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Cardia 4 years ago from Barbados.

Thank you so much for this Hub! Full of great and useful information, and the step-by-step instructions were helpful too!

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2uesday 4 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday.

This is useful and explained well. I have always used my own photos on here, but now need to use other pictures sometimes and was finding it time consuming looking for suitable images. Thank you.

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chrisam01 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California, USA

This is a great help. Thank you!

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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

Thank you for the info. I have a better ida of what I am doing and fortunately I only have a few hubs. I am going to go back and change the way I have been doing credits for I fear I have not been doing them correctly. You have shared some really good information here.

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CyclingFitness 5 years ago from Nottingham UK

Fantastic and helpful hub Marisa. I've been looking for a great source of unique photo's and flickr should assist. many thanks

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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California

Very informative work Marisa! This is a helpful lesson for anyone looking to find unique images to improve their reader's experience as well as HubPages in general. Using legal images from flickr (or elsewhere)is important when it comes to creating original interesting hub content! Great hub! Up and Awesome.


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MsDora 5 years ago from The Caribbean

Thanks a million for the help.

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Becky532 5 years ago

I read a few hubs on using photos, and this was the most helpful and easy to follow! Thank you so much for removing my confusion! Happy writing!

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Vickie Bovender 5 years ago from Southeastern US

Marisa, I'm so excited to read your informative Hub about Flickr. Thank you, thank you!

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Marisa Wright 5 years ago from Sydney Author

@schoolgirl, I've never heard of making money on Flickr. Maybe someone else has? You can make money by signing up and posting photos on sites like Dreamstime.

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schoolgirlforreal 5 years ago from USA

Hi Marisa,

this is a really cool hub and useful!

I thought, someone told me at least, that is you sign up w/ flickyr you can make $, and I thought it was by posting people's photos. Perhaps it's by posting your own on flickyr? Is it true? Thanks!

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graceomalley 5 years ago

Thank you for the help. I'm a newbie & needed it!

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Colombia Florist 5 years ago

I had hoped to be able to add a photo stream or add a recent selection from my RSS on Flickr but that only adds the descriptions with a link (so far as I can see) so it looks as if I will have to do it the longhand way!

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Susan Starts Now 5 years ago from California

This has been a really helpful hub. Thank you so much for the great information. I have bookmarked this for future reference.

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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

Thank you ... I've been looking for an article like this. Now I realize that I've been doing it wrong, and will have to change those tomorrow. Take care!

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rosariosblog 5 years ago from Adelaide, Australia

I've just followed your directions and at first I was having trouble copying the URL from Flickr, but finally I got what you mean. Thank you.. I haven't even finished reading the your hub, it's just the beginning.

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michael ely 6 years ago from Scotland

Just put my first photograph on with a lot of help from this hub. Hopefully as i go on i will improve my knowledge more on this. Thanks. Michael.

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SmartAndFun 6 years ago from Texas

Thank you so much for this post! It worked like a charm! I am new and just learning. Until I read this I had been doing all my own photos, which sometimes didn't work out so well. I have bookmarked your instruction for future use. I had no idea how to get legal photos until you shared. Thanks for helping out us newbies!

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ofmelancholy 6 years ago

Thanks for the informative hub, good for beginners.

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Kerrie Lynskey 6 years ago from London

useful tips thanks so much

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Marisa Wright 6 years ago from Sydney Author

Maybe it's your browser. I use Firefox because it's best for HubPages and has less trouble with viruses etc. than Internet Explorer.

If you can't get "copy image location" then can you see "Properties" when you right-click the photo? If you can open Properties, you can copy the URL from there. Or you can do it the long way - choose "Save Image as" and save to your PC, then upload from there.

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Many Thanks Marisa. Also I do not see the phrase "copy image to location". I know, I am just a computer dummy.

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Marisa Wright 6 years ago from Sydney Author

That's strange, Cybersupe. There is a new feature on Flickr where you can click to get larger versions of the photos instead of following the usual procedure - just check to make sure that's not the case.

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Marisa, I must be doing something wrong. The pictures I get are very Fuzzy. What should I do?

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Spider Girl 6 years ago from the Web

Great hub Marisa I must say, I must give Flickrstorm a try, voted up and rated useful!

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Marisa Wright 6 years ago from Sydney Author

@Wife, Flickr is not a revenue-sharing site so there's no benefit to you for referring someone.

Wife Who Saves 6 years ago

Thank you. This is very helpful. I have been mostly using morguefile but I just checked out Flickr and am amazed at the quality selections. Do you get credit for referring someone over there?

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katie54321 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

Thank you for writing this hub. I'm new and trying to find out the best ways to do things on HubPages. I was kind of scared of Flickr at first and got frustrated but I think that was because I didn't know how to use it properly. Now I do. A very, very, VERY useful hub, thank you again for writing. I've bookmarked it for future use.

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forlan 6 years ago

I often use Flickr because we can get any photo. Thanks for the useful tips.

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BRIAN SLATER 6 years ago from Nottingham Uk

book marked and voted up thanks marisa

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nikipa 6 years ago from Eastern Europe

Thank you for the useful tips! :)

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Deborah Demander 6 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

Marissa, your hubs are always so helpful. I am bookmarking this until I get the hang of exactly how to do it. And I write some poetry, so thanks for the insight.


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GmaGoldie 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

I wasn't sure about Flickr - don't want to be illegal so I ignored them. This is a huge help. Thank you!

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ultimatepotential 6 years ago from India

I was actually looking out for a way to do this..and here it is..Thanks so much!

TanielHouston 6 years ago

thanks Marissa for telling me my way was ilegeal and I will surely use this site to get my pics

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Boomer60 6 years ago

Thanks Marisa! I was wonder how to use Flickr photos correctly. Now I will feel more at ease using Flickr photos. Definitely voted up!

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themist 6 years ago from London

Thanks alot Marisa, that was very helpful :)

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sagebrush_mama 6 years ago from The Shadow of Death Valley...Snow Covered Mountain Views Abound!

Thank you, Marisa.

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Marisa Wright 6 years ago from Sydney Author

Goodness what a lot of comments! I've given this advice so often in the forums, I thought I might as well put it in a Hub and save myself some typing - glad it has helped a few people.

@sagebrushmama, when you upload a photo to HubPages, it loses its name - it becomes a number. If you want to associate it with a keyword, you must add it in the caption or the title.

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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia

Marisa thanks for this very informative Hub. I will be bookmarking it for future reference.

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rmcrayne 6 years ago from San Antonio Texas

Marisa I'm so glad you posted this. I see way too many hubs on HP with no evidence of photo credits. I post "Photo Credits" link capsules at the end of my hubs too.

peacefulparadox 6 years ago

I wish HubPages would make it so that I can put link in the caption portion of the photo capsule. I think that is the best place to put the photo credit. Just a shame it can not link.

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DzyMsLizzy 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

Wow! My goodness! Thank you! I certainly did not expect a 'dedication' of an entire hub! And I've been so busy working on my assorted edits that I didn't even make it here right away!

This is a lot of good information, and I thank you for this post!

I've done a lot of searching by using the search term, "xxxyyy subect public domain photos" just typed into the general internet search box, and, there are some good results, but usually very limited, and often, misleading, as you get shown pages to stock photo sites, which are for-purchase, and not public domain at all! That gets frustrating.

Thanks again for posting this gem!

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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

I always forget about Flickr. Thanks for the reminder.

PWalker281 6 years ago

I've seen bloggers who use Flickr photos and always wondered how to do it. Now I know! Thanks so much for sharing this useful information. A bookmarked hub, for sure!

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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Thanks for useful and flag up information. Another tool in my writing chest.

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pakpub 6 years ago from Ohio

Very helpful information. Thanks for sharing.

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allpurposeguru 6 years ago from North Carolina

I've always used Google images, filtered for commercial use, because it's obvious and easy. Unfortunately, I have to look at a lot of goofy, unrelated stuff to find anything good. I've used a bunch of Flickr stuff, not knowing anything about creative commons licenses. I'll have to investigate Flickr now. Who knows? Maybe I'll never look on Google Images again.

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sagebrush_mama 6 years ago from The Shadow of Death Valley...Snow Covered Mountain Views Abound!

Marisa, this is a great tutorial. I just made my way through my first use of a Flickr creative commons image, using your directions here. The only thing that didn't work for me was the right click to find the image URL. I used the download to computer option at the top of the page, and then uploaded to HubPages. Do I need to leave the picture name the same if I do it that way? Is there any advantage to re-naming a picture (mine or anyone else's) in order to incorporate keywords? Or should keywords be worked into the title and captions in the HubPages photo capsule?


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WryLilt 6 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia

Thanks for the great hub! I personally usually just google image search but change the setting to "commercial use" in the advanced search. That way I get lots of Flickr photos (google loves flickr!) and occasionally find a good non-Flickr one too.

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Tiffany Latte 6 years ago from USA

Good article.

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Very educational for a newcommer such as I. I do need all the help I can get. Thank You so much Marisa. I have this Hub bookmarked.

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midnighteden 6 years ago from UK

Thanks Marisa, this is a really helpful Hub and one that I will be putting into action going forward.

I didn't even know that some Flickr photos could be used in that way and I am definitely going to check out Flickrstorm - thanks again

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Marisa Wright 6 years ago from Sydney Author

@Austinstar, do you know that photos on Wiki are not all public domain? If you scroll down you'll often find they are also under a Creative Commons licence, which means you must credit the photographer - and quite often, the photo originally came from Flickr!

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Austinstar 6 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

I've wondered how best to use Flikr. I like Wikipedia Commons, but it is limited. Wiki has a lot of photos in the public domain however.

Thanks for the tips, Marissa!

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