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Free Photos to Use on Your Webpage

Updated on October 14, 2013

Free Photos to Use on Your Website Pages

You've got a great webpage written. Now all you need are pictures to put on it. But you can't just download any photo off of the internet. Those pictures belong to other people and companies. They own the rights to those photos.

So where do you find photos that are free to use?

When I was a newbie on Squidoo and making my second lens, I crashed head-first into that big roadblock that said, "You can't use those photos - they are not yours to use!"

After creating my second lens titled "Funny Images and Pictures", I submitted it for critique. And let me tell you - I got plenty of critique. I learned that more than 2/3 of the photos I used, were not free for me to use. I quickly learned all about photography plagiarism and copyrights. OK - I learned and understood quickly.

But - what I struggled with was where to find photos that I was free to use. So read on, and I will give you some links and tips on finding photos that you can legally use for your page. I am only providing links from sites that I have actually used and consider recommendation-worthy.

1 - Take Your Own Photos

My very first lens was titled "Backyard Paradise". I didn't have to worry about finding free pictures to use. That was because I had taken all of the photos myself. It was a simple little lens about the place I enjoyed most - my backyard oasis. I used all of my own photos of my pool, garden, flowers, insects, sunset, etc.

I really think if you have a camera and enjoy taking photos, this is probably the easiest and safest way to legally post pictures onto your webpage.

This swallowtail butterfly is one of the photos that I took in my backyard. It is one of the many of my photos that I used on my "Backyard Paradise" lens.

My plan is to get more skilled at photography and then take my camera with me everywhere and start a collection of photos. Once I have a enough decent photos, I will include a link on this page for other Squidoo members to use the photos on their lenses.

You are welcome to use any of the photos from my "Backyard Paradise" lens. There are some really good photos there. Most of them are flowers and insects. A few are so-so - but I wanted to include them on my lens.

All I ask is that you link the photo back to my lens.

2 - Flickr: The Creative Commons Group

Photo Credit:

"Light Painting"

by jurvetson on Flicker

Creative Commons 2.0 Generic

HOW WILL YOU KNOW IF YOU ARE FREE TO USE THIS PHOTO?

1 - Click on link below - "Creative Commons on Flickr". (You do have to sign up for an account).

2 - When the page opens - enter what type of photo you are searching for in the search box - and hit search.

3 - Once the photos appear, you can scroll through lots of pages. When you find the photo you want - click on the photo.

4 - When the photo opens up in a bigger screen, scroll down to the bottom right side of the page under "License" (it's just below "Tags").

It most likely will say "some rights reserved". Click on those words. A new screen opens and tells you about the type of license it is. Most of them on this site are Creative Commons 2.0 Generic. This license says:

"You are free:

to Share - to copy, distribute and transmit the work

to Remix - to adapt the work

to make commercial use of the work".

All you have to do in order to use the photo is to link the photo back to the owner and include the creative common license.

If there are any other stipulations regarding how the owner wishes the photo to be used, it will also be listed under "License". You may not use any photo that says "All Rights Reserved".

HOW TO GET THE PHOTO TO YOUR PAGE:

After completing the above steps: Return to the photo.

Hold your mouse over the photo and "RIGHT CLICK".

A caption box will appear. See below.

This photo has Some Rights Reserved

View all sizes: Medium 500 * Medium 640 * Large * Original

Then "LEFT CLICK" on a picture size you would like.

The next screen will let you pick your photo size.

Then click to download to your computer.

Then just upload to your page.

WHAT TYPES OF LICENSES ARE THERE?

Photo Credit:

"Creative Commons Logo"

By IvanWalsh.com on Flickr

Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

THESE LINKS ARE "MUST VISIT" SITES. GREAT INFORMATION HERE THAT I FOUND EXTREMELY HELPFUL IN CLEARING UP THE CONFUSION REGARDING WHICH PHOTOS I COULD AND COULD NOT USE.

There are some licenses that prohibit you from using photos on commercial webpages. Squidoo is a commercial website - because you make money on your lenses.

I usually tend to stick to the "Attribution License" which has the symbol in the picture above. Just make sure you attribute the photo to the owner.

3 - Search The Public Domain

Proud by Sherri Hogue

Photo is from publicdomainpictures.net.

Click on the following links to receive access to free public domain photos.

PS - Remember to include the site where you got your photo from.

4 - StockFreeImages.com & Dreamstime.com

I really like these two sites.

You will find well over 400,000 free images on these sites. You can use these images on webpages, magazines, books, flyers, advertisements, etc. You cannot use them on items that you create to sell (such as mousepads, tee-shirts, etc). There is a restriction on the number of copies that you are allowed to make using the free images.

Remember to always read the type of license the photo is placed under and the terms of use.

NOTE: The photos I have used are too large to use on Squidoo. After downloading, you need to click "edit" photo and then click "compress" to fit on webpage. Then save and upload to your lens.

5 - Imageafter.com

1 - After clicking on the above link, go to the top middle section under "Guide".

2 - Click on "Where do I download free images?"

3 - You can then either enter the type of photo you are looking for, or scroll down the list of subjects. Click on the subject title - and you will have pages and pages of photos to scroll through.

4 - Click on your photo and download (at the top of the page - it's not a big button - but you will see it)

Remember to always read the terms of use. The terms of use on this site are at the bottom, below the photo.

*** NOTE: ON THE HOME PAGE - YOU WILL SEE LINKS TO DREAMSTIME, STOCKFREE IMAGES, FOTOLIA AND MORE. ***

I did mention Dreamstime and Stockfree Images separately above, because I like those sites.

Photo by Stefan Baudy on Flickr

Licensed under Creative Commons 2.0

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    • RoadMonkey profile image

      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      Thanks for posting these links. I use pixabay and have found it excellent - you do not even have to provide a link back!

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      dwelburn 3 years ago

      Yes, I wish I had this information a few years ago when I was getting started. It took me a long time to learn. I mostly use Wikimedia Commons, Freedigitalphotos and Flickr. But I'll take a look at the others you mentioned here. Really good information.

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      Takkhis 3 years ago

      I take photos and use them for my own purpose, also find pictures from other source. Thanks for sharing this informative lens :)

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      SimonJay 3 years ago

      Hey thanks for this i will pass this lens to my sister as she is still learning about the use of images but for you marketers out there this is also a very useful lens to read.

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      Ibidii 3 years ago

      I am using my own photos for the most part in my lens or of the product. It is nice to have some other photos to highlight the lenses! Awesome information! I love butterflies!

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      Lee Hansen 3 years ago from Vermont

      Morguefile.com also offers copyright free photos. I contribute some images to their public repository. Nicely done.

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      Egils Petersons 3 years ago from Latvia

      Very useful lens, thank you :)

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      Barnowl LM 3 years ago

      Fantastic lens, being an internet marketer myself, I understand the importance of taking your own photos, or going to sites where photos can be used commercially without the fear of infringing copyright. I just wished I couldv'e seen this lens when I created my ebook. Oh well, never mind...keep up the good work;-)

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      was having trouble looking for picture source when i was writing for my 1st lens....actually wanted to spend sometime on this for my future lens but haven't got the time. Tx again for leaving a favorable comment on my 1st lens that led me to get to know your "free photo lens" What a great pix resources for newbie like me! Can;t thank you enough, tx for sharing

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      BW Duerr 3 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      Well done! I hadn't heard of a few of these free photo sites. Very complete. I especially like the details provided and your thoughts. The one and only suggestion I have would to be to change the "New Guestbook Comments" to something else. Perhaps a question to leave visitors to answer? :)

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      Dawn 3 years ago from Maryland, USA

      aha! i remembered this lens is here (as I'm searching for a photo!) :)

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      subuh81 3 years ago

      Very informational lens. At least we gt owner's permission,right :)

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      Colin323 3 years ago

      Very useful information. I've bookmarked this, so thanks for the research gone into this; much appreciated.

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      kepezzo 3 years ago

      Finally more condensed information on how to get and use photos from internet. Great work !

      THNX !

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Excellent and useful lens. I've spent a couple of frustrating hours trying to find photos to use. This is so helpful. Thanks for sharing!

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      ncdvda 3 years ago

      This is a seriously useful lens, thanks so much. I'm new to Squidoo and exploring the issue of finding images that can legally be displayed on web sites. Really helpful!

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      Dawn 3 years ago from Maryland, USA

      I have seen this. Oops. Well, maybe now I'll remember it's here. Thank you for all your squidoo mentoring. :)

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      Judy Filarecki 3 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      Thanks for all the great info. I've pinned the lens so I can find it again for reference.

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 3 years ago from Washington State

      Exactly what I have been looking for, one stop shopping, thank you, thank you.

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      SavioC 3 years ago

      Thanks a million for this. This is one area I really struggle with when making a lens. You have very well explained of how to use the photos. Thank you for your hard work. I needed this. So another big thank You .

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      Great article, just what I needed, I have bookmarked it. I never knew there were so many sites for free photos, this will be very helpful to me.

      Thank you.

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      ashleydpenn 3 years ago

      Thank you for a very informative lens, I have definitely learnt something about digital photo rights. Some great photo resources on this lens! Thanks for sharing!

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      emma_07 3 years ago

      This is truly Brilliant !!...Thx a lot !!

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      FrancesWrites 3 years ago

      A very useful collection of links, thanks for taking the time to put this together with all the licensing info.

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      Mommy-Bear 3 years ago

      Greta information, thanks you.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      thankyou for this! i use morguefile

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      blestman lm 4 years ago

      Great resources. thank you.

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      vio 123 4 years ago

      Great information here! Learned some unknown for me photo resources.

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      Very useful lens and information. Well done. I'm pinning it.

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      stenila-simon 4 years ago

      I really needed these resources. Thanks a bunch!!

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      mcstacy 4 years ago

      I used your lens to find free photos online. Flckr was pretty good site...thanks for the advice.

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      Edwardjames81 5 years ago

      A very useful lens here and full of relevant information - good stuff.

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      olmpal 5 years ago

      As a designer I always need new photos to use. Thanks for sharing these great sites!

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Great information for anyone making a Squidoo lens or wanting photos to use with a blog.

      I've found being a Zazzle affiliate opens a marvelous range of photos and art for illustrating my lenses.

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      stevel58 5 years ago

      Try CCFinder free software from www.abelssoft.net allows you to search for photos by keyword and between free with no limitation or photos that require reference to the author.

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      lovemicheala 5 years ago

      As a newbie, this is very helpful! Thank you

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Great resource. Finding photos you can use, can be challenging.

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      David Gardner 5 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Good information -- I also ran into some Squidoo "no-nos" when I first got hooked by it. I guess I was lucky in that I've been a photography nut since I was in high school 40 years ago (yeah, I'm an old fart).... so I've got tons of photos that I've scanned from transparencies and prints as well as a bunch of digital photos that I've gotten with my digital camera to use on my lenses. You can get "freebie" art by being an affiliate with Art.com or AllPosters.com -- then make links to their site through the images (then you get paid for them, too!). But since Flickr is being discontinued, it might be best to get rid of the comments for them altogether. Congrats on a Squidoo masterpiece!

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Excellent resource for free photos, especially as Flickr is getting harder and harder to use.. Thanks.

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      dscribbler 5 years ago

      Thanks so much for this information ... I'll take down my picture now and find one I can use.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Brilliant, I'll stop nicking photos then - thanks.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      I'm always looking for new photo resources. Thanks for the info!

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      mekaprast 5 years ago

      Nice Lens, very helpful topic.

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      ClaireDavids 5 years ago

      Your len's been very imformative and helpful to me, especially the part on crediting pictures taken from Creative Commons because that's where I use majority of my much - needed photos from... And I've been feeling guilty about not crediting some of them well enough.

      Great job, thanks.

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      lyvette 5 years ago

      Loved the butterfly picture and thanks for the info on where to find pics - definitely will come in handy.

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      thanks for some useful info on free photo sharing domains.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I did the same thing as you on my first lens. I had no idea about photo copyright and I just filled my lens up with pictures from Google Image! Of course, I learned and went back and fixed it. Thanks for sharing these resources with us.

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      glutenallergy 5 years ago

      Excellent information! There are several free sources here that I haven't heard of before. Thank you for sharing.

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      Cynthia Davis 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

      You are quite the fast learner! Thanks for sharing. Angel Blessings**

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      psiloveyou1 5 years ago

      Lots of information...thanks! I use own photos so I don't have to worry about it, but I will bookmark this lens in case I ever need other pictures.

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Great reference lens to come back to:)

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      trendydad 5 years ago

      great share nice info

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      very informative. thank you for taking time to put a page like this together.

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      Eileen 5 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      Very useful indeed - thanks for sharing !

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      Picspick 5 years ago

      Very helpful Lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very helpful Lens. I take most of my own photos, but have purchased a collection on disc occasionally, such as vintage image collections to use on Zazzle.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Photobucket is also a good one. You have given me more to look at. Thanks.

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      OOMMEN G 5 years ago

      very interesting.. and more..

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      OOMMEN G 5 years ago

      very interesting.. and more..

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      Fcuk Hub 5 years ago

      Great source of free photos links :)

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      inspirationz 5 years ago

      so many great recommendations! thank you so much! :) On another lens I recently read about pixabay which looks like another great resource

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for the info.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for the info.

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      Aquablocks 5 years ago

      Pictures embody feelings and speak volumes. Thanks for taking time to offer some.

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      jseven lm 5 years ago

      You have helped a lot of people know how to get pictures legally, thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I didn't realize there were such strict licenses on internet photos. Thank you for the information. I am going to bookmark this so I can come back again.