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Step by step guide to finding free photos on Flickr
Find great images for free to improve your online content.
Adding photos to your words is one of the quickest ways to improve the appeal of your hubs and other online content. Even if you're a competent photographer yourself it is likely you'll often find it quicker and easier to search for suitable images for an article you're working on than to shoot them yourself. However, it is important to understand what can be legitimately used without infringing the creator's copyright. If you need to brush up your knowledge you might like to read this hub for an overview of where to find free photos and how you can use them. Don't forget to head back over here when you're done!
Free photos on Flickr
Flickr has established itself as the web's (read world's) primary photo sharing site. As such it is increasingly becoming a go to site for anyone looking for images, from professional photo researchers to bloggers searching for pictures to illustrate their posts. However, not every image on Flickr can be legally used without first requesting permission and quite possibly paying a license fee.
This hub is a step by step guide with screenshots to show you how to filter out the images you can't just use and show just the photos that you can easily use for free right away. I'll show you how I found the image of the photographer above in this hub. Here we go ...
1.Here is the Flickr home page with the basic search field. You can see I've searched for “photographer” images.
2. Here is the first page of results I'm presented with. We can't, however, just choose images from these search results if want photos we can use for free as many of these will be protected under standard copyright laws. To fine tune the results we need to go the advanced search page using the link to the right of the search button.
3. The advanced search page has a lot of options, some of which may be useful to you, but we're mainly interested in the final question that allows us to filter out all the images that we can't just use for free.
4. Look at the bottom of the advanced search page. The last options are to search for only images that are available under a creative commons license. These are the photos that can be used easily and legally in your hubs and blogs. As hubs generally include advertising they are considered commercial; so check the radio button for images you can use commercially. Now click search again.
5. We now have a new set of search results
which only include images that the photographers/authors have made
available under a creative commons license allowing free use
including for commercial purposes. The choice will inevitably be
narrowed down but I found the image I chose for this hub on the
second page of the results; there is usually still a godd selection of images such is the depth of Flickr.
6. Clicking on an image will take you to the individual photo page on Flickr. On here under 'Additional information' (in the right hand column of the page) you'll find details of the license the photographer has chosen to make the image available under. In this case there are 'some rghts reserved', which is a very common choice of cc license (there are many varieties).
7. We can click on the 'some rights
reserved' to get more information on what this actually means at the
official creative commons website. As you can see we are free to use
this image. Essentially the right that is retained is for the
photographer to be acknowledged as the author of the work. This is
done through 'attribution'; we need to link back to the photo page on
Flickr if using the image online and credit the photographer.On hubpages I usually do this by creatng a link capsule for photo credits, as you can see at the end of this hub.
8. Back at Flickr on the page for the photo we've chosen to use you'll find an "All Sizes" button at the top left of the image. Click this to see all the available resolutions of the image that can be downloaded.
9. Most images are made available in a range of sizes from thumbnails through to large files suitable for use in print. For use online I generally choose the medium option which will usually have a long side of around 600 pixels, perfect for use in hubs and blog posts.
It is possible to use images directly from the web instead of downloading and there is a school of thought that this can have some google link juice benefits. The disadvantage I see is that if the image is later removed or made unavailable your link will be broken and the image lost from your content. It is a trade off, but with a small amount of extra work we can get a backlink from Flickr when using a downloaded image too. Here's how.
10. The download page also includes links to information on the creative commons website on the particular license that the image is available under. Check this if you're unsure if your intended use for the image is allowed or not.
11. Finally, head back to the Flickr photo page using the link above the available sizes on the image download page. Once there you need to copy the url of the photo page from your browser. This is the page you need to link back to from wherever you use the photo in order to credit the photographer and comply with the license requirements for attribution.
There you have it. How to find and use free photos from Flickr! Now go and brighten up some of your hubs, and when you've done that read my hub on how to get a backlink from Flickr.
- Photographer on Flickr