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Where can I get a wide range photos for commercial use?

  1. writerjoy profile image61
    writerjoyposted 5 years ago

    Am a newbie here although an experienced writer. I'm just wondering on which website I can get a wide range of photos or videos that I can use for my hubs. Spent hours looking online for one to no avail. creativecommons.org had no photos I could use. My hub is about divorce and legal separation. Please help!

    1. Dale Hyde profile image84
      Dale Hydeposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      You can use videos from YouTube with no problems. As for photos, there are quite a few sites out there. You would have to examine the licensing to see with photos you could use under the Creative Commons licensing.

      Wikimedia
      Flickr
      Pixabay

      Those are three that I use from time to time.

    2. MelissaBarrett profile image61
      MelissaBarrettposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I like morguefile dot com.  A lot of the shots are slightly amature but they are searchable and indexed nicely and there's a crop feature before you import the url... which means I don't have to download fix then re-upload into HP.

      1. Dale Hyde profile image84
        Dale Hydeposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I had not heard of morguefile. Thanks for that. Always looking to bookmark such sources. smile

  2. Greekgeek profile image97
    Greekgeekposted 5 years ago

    Stock xchng and wikimedia commons are my two favorite sources.

    Flickr works, but you have to click Advanced Search and limit it to "Commercial Use Allowed."

  3. writerjoy profile image61
    writerjoyposted 5 years ago

    You guys are of great help! Thanks you all so much.

  4. paradigmsearch profile image86
    paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago

    I've been known to raid .gov sites... big_smile

    1. wavegirl22 profile image45
      wavegirl22posted 5 years ago in reply to this

      you have been known to do many things Para!

      @MelissaBarrett as always you have something great to share!

  5. Uninvited Writer profile image81
    Uninvited Writerposted 5 years ago

    Also do a search on this site, there are several hubs and forum discussions on where to find copyright free images.

  6. paradigmsearch profile image86
    paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago

    Looks like all the pics on morguefile are watermarked. Watermarks perturb HP greatly. Be sure to crop those out if allowed.

    1. Uninvited Writer profile image81
      Uninvited Writerposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I just downloaded a photo from morguefile and it wasn't watermarked.

    2. MelissaBarrett profile image61
      MelissaBarrettposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I've never had any watermarked ones either... *goes to check hubs now*

  7. Uninvited Writer profile image81
    Uninvited Writerposted 5 years ago

    And they mention a lot more at the bottom of the front page on Morguefile


    For other free photos, check out these sites:
    If you have a link that you would like to include here, let us know
    textures.cc
    Stock.XCHNG
    everystockphoto
    Pixel Perfect Digital
    OpenPhoto.Net
    Image*After
    aboutpixel.de
    Big Foto
    FreePhotosBank.com
    FreeJPG
    Stockvault.net
    FreePixels
    Freerange Stock
    Free Photos Web

  8. paradigmsearch profile image86
    paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago

    Hmmm. I wonder if I was the victim of a statistical anomaly...?

  9. paradigmsearch profile image86
    paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago

    I went and looked again. Everyone one of them says dreamstime.com in light, translucent white at bottom, right. An overlay that goes away when doing actual download? Or when registered and signed in?

    1. MelissaBarrett profile image61
      MelissaBarrettposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Edit:  Post no longer needed

      1. paradigmsearch profile image86
        paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Whatever was going on has stopped. I'm now seeing what everyone else is seeing, no watermarks. Most odd. Oh, well.

        1. Uninvited Writer profile image81
          Uninvited Writerposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Must be the fault of that "god particle" smile

          1. paradigmsearch profile image86
            paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            I am pleased to announce that paradigmsearch is not crazy after all. big_smile

            I just noticed a dreamstime tab on the morguefile site.

  10. paradigmsearch profile image86
    paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago

    Darned weird. Now they're gone. I then had the insight to check out what the heck was dreamstime.com. It's another photo site. I wonder if owned by same entity and there was some weird, temporary crossover. Whatever, I'm not sufficiently interested to follow it up further. I'm sticking with the statistical anomaly theory.

  11. mistyhorizon2003 profile image91
    mistyhorizon2003posted 5 years ago

    http://morguefile.com/ is one I use when http://search.creativecommons.org/ does not give me what I need (which is very rare).

  12. mistyhorizon2003 profile image91
    mistyhorizon2003posted 5 years ago

    I mainly use the http://search.creativecommons.org/ because it allows you to choose various sites to search, including flickr.com, google images, Wikimedia Commons and You Tube (amongst others). All you have to do is enter your search term in the main box, then click the 'box' of the site you want to search. If you did this I am really surprised you couldn't find anything based on the subject matter you described. If you use my link this is what you see on the page (apologies for small image, but it gives you the general idea):


    http://s3.hubimg.com/u/6851514_f248.jpg

  13. writerjoy profile image61
    writerjoyposted 5 years ago

    Thanks a lot guys for your valuable information.

 
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