Free stock photos for commercial use

Free Commercial Images

There are many images out there, make sure you are using those images legally.  Find free commercial images to use.
There are many images out there, make sure you are using those images legally. Find free commercial images to use. | Source

Free Commercial Images

Many of us have looked for free stock photos at some point. Even though I take some of my own photos, there is always something else I need or something I simply cannot take a photo of. These are the times that we look for great stock photos. I have found many that are great but that also have a cost with them. And that is exactly what this hub is going to avoid. Let's avoid spending money to make some money. Someday, when we have thousands of impressions each and every day - we will spend money on images. Until then, let me show you three of my favorite sites for free stock photos - even better they are free stock photos for commercial use. And that last part is what matters if you are making money online and using those images in your articles. The three sites I am going to mention all have some very good qualities in common. The photo's on the sites are free stock photos for commercial use - some of them you do need to use an advanced search option for. Between all the sites there is a very nice variety, even within them there is some good variety. And one of the best characteristics of these sites is that they are free to use even for commercial use. When someone is writing it is nice to be able to have a couple resources that are free and of quality. I hope that these free stock photo sites help you with your writing.

Free commercial images

The "Advanced Search" makes it easy to find legal to use images for commercial use.
The "Advanced Search" makes it easy to find legal to use images for commercial use. | Source

Free Stock Photos for Commercial Use: Flickr

At the moment, my favorite site for free stock photos is Flickr. This is a site that has so many users that upload images all the time that the variety is pretty amazing. Type in a search phrase and when the results page comes up click on the "Advanced Search" link just below where it says "Full Text | Tags Only" and at the bottom of the page you will see a check button says, "Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content." Check the top and second box, the third one is simply if you will be changing the image. Which I generally will never do for an article, unless it is for an Adobe Photoshop tutorial. If you click on the image it will enlarge and you can see the boxes I checked better. Now when you hit search it will bring up only the images that are free stock photos for commercial use. The only catch here is that the photography will have some stipulations. Almost always, the only stipulation is that you give them credit to them. Everyone seems to love cats on the internet so I did a search for "Cute Cat" that was a free stock image that can be used for commercial content and had 13,375 images available. This is a great site for free stock photos, give it a try and I am sure you will find images that will be great for you next article.

Photo8 has free stock photos

A great site for free stock photos - save your money instead of buying stock photos.
A great site for free stock photos - save your money instead of buying stock photos. | Source

Legally Free Stock Photos: Photo8

An awesome site with limited free stock photos is photos8. This is has limited photos, but they are all very high quality. Make sure to read the site owner and photographer's terms of use. They are completely reasonable like a lot of sites, he is asking for acknowledgement, for his work to not be used with pornographic materials, and a couple of other things. Easy to follow and with the quality of work that photo8 offers, it should not be a problem for anyone. At the time of writing this article photo8.com had a total of 13,312 photos available as free stock photos - for commercial use! This site has been quite active in adding images to the site as well. Keep an eye out and check this site out. I cannot say enough about it - a truly great site for free stock photos that allow commercial use.

Public Domain Photos

When writing online every penny counts.  Use free stock photos to keep more in your own pocket.
When writing online every penny counts. Use free stock photos to keep more in your own pocket. | Source

Free Stock Photos: Last but not least

Public domain photos is another good site for free stock photos. This site limits itself to 5,000 free photos and 8,000 free clip-arts. Not the biggest selection, but it is a nice collection with some good variety. There are also a lot of photos that are white backgrounds, which can be a very nice feature especially when writing for a commercial site like hubpages. A lot of the images from public domain photos do seem to be focused on a North America location. Which is not bad for me, but just giving a heads up to non-United States writers.

Legally use stock photos

I write about the things I see, from an image I physically see or something I am visualizing in my head. Stock photos are something that gives me a way to relate poetry to others on another level besides just my words, emphasis a point, foreshadow, and many more things. I hope that these three sites help you while searching for free stock photos. A very important key to writing is to make sure the licensing on images that you use are allowed for commercial use. And if you make money in any form from the writing you used the image for - it is considered a commercial article.

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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi CJAndrews, really useful hub, photos make a huge difference to a hub, I try and use my own but you don't always have a suitable one and then I end up spending more time looking for photos than I did writing the hub! voted up


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CJ Andrews 5 years ago from Norwalk, Ohio Author

I appreciate it, I have a hard time finding just the right photo sometimes. And I have a lot of photos of clouds - I just like them for some reason. So when it comes to something for a hub I have to look sometimes. And this hub has me concerned. It is rating the worst I have written so far ... Thanks for reading it though and I hope those sites help you.


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jean2011 5 years ago from Canada

Thank you very useful suggestions!


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CJ Andrews 5 years ago from Norwalk, Ohio Author

You are welcome! I hope it helps.


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TTC12 5 years ago

Great hub! I have used these over the years until we starting doing our own photography. However, there are times when I need a quick image to add to a project. Flickr has been a good resource as well as Stock.xchng.


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Ask Ashley 4 years ago from California

What a great little hub. I'm new to Hubpages, and although I love taking photos, like you said, sometimes it's not an option or maybe I'm just feeling lazy. Ha. Voted up.


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CJ Andrews 4 years ago from Norwalk, Ohio Author

Thanks, I'm glad that you liked it. There are times that I just don't have a way to take a picture I want.


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ThriftyBoomer 4 years ago

I just found your hub. I don't take good photos and look for something that will match the topic. Thanks for sharing.


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CJ Andrews 4 years ago from Norwalk, Ohio Author

I enjoy taking pictures all the time - although most of them are not too good. I am glad that this helps, it has saved me in the past.

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