Great Way To Get Free Pictures For Your Hubs By HubPages Categories
Have you ever been frustrated wondering where to get pictures to use for your hubs especially since it is suggested that you use at least three pictures in your hubs? Perhaps you are worried too about whether you have permission to use this or that photo. Well, Most of the strategies that I am about to write about here involves “Public domain” pictures which have no restrictions on them. You are free to use them in your hubs. Of course still do your due diligence as the rules of websites change all the time and sometimes sites may include a few pictures that are not free to use or that are free but credit may need to be given, so still check out the sites’ terms of service. Be also wary of brand names and logos that can be readily identified. A photo may be public domain but still have those issues. Many of you may be using Google's "Advanced Search" option to get photos that could be used commercially. However, sometimes it gives you pictures that cannot be used so I would not rely on that. Others may be using Wikipedia directly to get your photos but there is a better way to use Wikipedia and Google combined that gives you many more options to work with. Rather than use Google's "Advanced Search" function use advanced search techniques in Google. (Believe me there is a difference between the two). Below you will find a method for each of the broad twenty-two HubPages categories.
1. Arts and Design
Famousartists.com – This site is billed as “The Famous Artists With Works In The Public Domain.” You will not therefore see the words “public domain” next to the images as every images there is understood to be in the public domain.
As a good backup you can search Wikipedia via Google by entering the following search phrase in images.google.com:
site:wikipedia.org intext:“public domain" “landscape art”
You can just change “landscape art” to whatever your keyword is. Let me demonstrate what that the search term above pulls up:
Arts and Design Photos
Carsandracingstuff.com - Not all the photos on this site are public domain so here is how you can zero in on the public domain ones, search the site via Google by going to images.google.com and typing in the following search term with the quotation marks around the words “public domain”:
site:carsandracingstuff.com intext:”public domain" Chevrolet.
That will give us so many choices:
Change “Chevrolet” to another type of car to get a different type of car or leave it out entirely if you want any type of car. Click on the picture of the Chevrolet you want to use and then click on “visit page.” That will take you directly to the site where the image is housed. Make sure you see “public domain” next to the photo of the car you choose to confirm its status as several cars will come up.
You can do the same thing with Wikipedia. Go to images.google.com and type in the search term:
site:wikipedia.org intext:"public domain" Chevrolet
It will pull up the following images:
3. Books, Literature, and Writing
For this category especially I would use Wikipedia though not directly. In images.google.com type the following search term:
site:wikipedia.org intext:"public domain" "Romeo and Juliet"
The results for “Romeo and Juliet” are:
Books, Literature, and Writing Photos
Now change “Romeo and Juliet” to some other play, literary figure or novel and see what it takes you. Remember if you get a lot of black and white results you can tweak the results to get “Full Color” images only.
4. Business and Employment
Go to images.google.com and in the search box copy and paste the following search term (you can change “doctor” to “physician” or change it to another profession):
site:wikipedia.org intext:"public domain" doctor
Business and Employment Photos
5. Education and Science
For the Science category search Wikipedia via images.google.com typing in the following search term:
site:wikipedia.org intext:"public domain" biology
See what comes up:
Education and Science Photos
Do something similar for the education category but changing “biology” to something more related to your target area.
For History ushistoryimages.com is a great site but be sure to read their terms of service there at ushistoryimages.com/terms.shtm because while you are free to use the images commercially you cannot give them away to compete with the site or package them to sell.
6. Entertainment and Media
For this category type the following into the images.google.com search box:
site:wikipedia.org intext:”Public domain” “Michael Jackson”.
You can change “Michael Jackson” to another celebrity and search again to get public domain pictures of that celebrity. The search turned up the following results:
Entertainment and Media Photos
7. Family and Parenting
Pixabay.com – They state that the pictures are “free of copyrights” but they may still be protected by trademarks, privacy and publicity rights. See pixabay.com/en/service/faq/. Look at each picture you wish to use and see the license type.
A search for the word “parenting” turned up some great pictures. See the photos below:
Family and Parenting Photos
8. Fashion and Beauty
For fashion and beauty you can search Wikipedia via Google. In images.google.com type in the following search term:
site:wikipedia.org intext:"Public domain" fashion
Do you see what that turns up?
Fashion and Beauty Photos
For the beauty category type into images.google.com the following search term:
site:wikipedia.org intext:"Public domain" beauty
Tweak the results by clicking “Search Tools” then “Type” then “Face” to get only faces. You can further tweak the results by clicking “Search Tools” then “Color” then “Full Color.”
9. Food and Cooking
Go to good old reliable Wikipedia via Google for this category. Type the following search term into images.google.com:
site:wikipedia.org intext:"public domain" food
Below are the pictures that that term fetched. As you see, those pictures could work for either “Food” or “Cooking” just type in a more specific type of food instead of the general term “food.”
Food and Cooking Photos
10. Games, Toys, and Hobbies
Pixabay.com – As their “Frequently asked Questions” page says at pixabay.com/en/service/faq/ the pictures there are free of copyrights. Type in the word “games’ in the search bar and you will get a wide array of games. The following is just a sampling of the pictures they have related to games:
Games, Toys, and Hobbies Photos
11. Gender and Relationships
For “Gender and Relationships” copy and paste the following search term into images.google.com:
site:wikipedia.org intext:"public domain" gender
Here is an example of what this pulls up:
Gender and Relationships Photos
For this HubPages category, go to the search box at images.google.com, type in:
site:wikipedia.org intext:"public domain" fruits
Later tweak your results by replacing “fruits” with such words as “vegetables”, “health”, “healthy”, “nutrition” etc.
The “fruit” search term pulls up the following Public Domain pictures:
13. Holidays and Celebrations
For “Holidays and Celebrations” go to images.google.com and type the following into the search box:
site:wikipedia.org intext:“public domain” Christmas
You can easily tweak this by changing “Christmas” in the search term to some other holiday that you want to write about. Here are the results:
Holidays and Celebrations Photos
When “Home” means “family house” type the following into images.google.com’s search box:
site:wikipedia.org intext:"public domain" family home
That gives us a string of beautiful houses.
Now just leave out the word "home" using just the following for family photos:
site:wikipedia.org intext:"public domain" family
15. HubPages Tutorials and Community
For this category enter the following search term in images.google.com:
site:pixabay.com intext:"public domain" teacher
You can tweak this by selecting the “Clip Art” option in images.google.com.
HubPages Tutorials and Community Photos
16. Personal Finance
For the HubPages category of “Personal Finance” go to images.google.com and type the following into the search box:
site:wikipedia.org intext:“public domain” money
Afterwards change the word “money” to “dollars”, “cents”, “shillings” etc. and see what the search gives you.
Personal Finance Photos
17. Pets and Animals
For this category copy and paste the following into the images.google.com search box:
site:wikipedia.org intext:“public domain” animals
You can change the general word “animals” to “dogs”, “cats” or some other animal to zero in on what you want.
Pets and Animals Photos
18. Politics and Social Issues
For “Politics” you can go directly on Wikipedia.org to search for a political leader. The alternative, if you are a bit more choosy about the photo, is images.google.tt. Type in the search term:
site:wikipedia.org intext:“public domain” “Barack Obama”
This will give you a much wider range of photos to choose from. You can change “Barack Obama” to another search term of your choice.
For “Social Issues” you may want to get pictures of crowds so type in the following in the search box at images.google.com:
site:wikipedia.org intext:"public domain" "crowd"
Politics and Social Issues Photos
19. Religion and Philosophy
For those who write on religion you know that after you have used that first “Jesus” image from Wikipedia you cannot use the same photo over and over. Do you know that Wikipedia has even more photos of the religious personage of your choice? You can search Wikipedia via images.google.com like this:
site:wikipedia.org "public domain" Jesus
Remember that you can tweak the results by clicking “Search Tools” in images.google.com then “Any Color” and selecting “Full Color.”
That will bring up the following images:
Religion and Philosophy Photos
20. Sports and Recreation
Would you believe that 4freephotos.com actually has a category called “Sports and Recreation” on its website and they have free or public domain pictures? In fact they say:
“We are a group of photographers who enjoy taking pictures and decided to share them with the public to use them for free in their private or commercial projects. We hope you will find the collection of free and public domain images useful.”
Picdrome.com also has a “Sports and Recreation” section. At picdrome.com/sports-and-recreation/page/3/ you will find many photos to choose from.
A great alternative is to use the following search term in images.google.com:
site:wikipedia.org intext:"public domain" sports
Look at what that gives us:
Sports and Recreation Photos
One of the sites where you can find technology-based photos is morguefile.com. The pictures can be used commercially but they must not be used as stand-alone products. This is what a search for technology-based photos turned up:
22. Travel and Places
Freerangestock.com – Once you register you can access photos that are free to use even commercially. See their terms of service. Be sure that when you search this site you look in the Freerangestock section of the results and not the Shutterstock section etc. which is a paid option.
I typed in “Atlanta” and got the following results that are free to use:
So there you have the twenty-two HubPages categories and ways to get pictures fort each of these broad categories. Remember that you can tweak your Wikipedia search terms to relate to any of the above categories. Get pictures with ease for a picture is worth a thousand words.
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