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Where To Get Free, Superb Image Quality Photos for Your Hubs, Blog Or Website
Let's face it, having stunning pictures on your hubs, blog or website makes your articles much better. Pictures add a splash of colour and life to your hubs and could keep visitors for longer. It depends what kind of hub you have written but some pictures are easy to find and some aren't.
The problem is not finding pictures but finding properly licensed pictures which you are free to use, with attribution are hard to find as most pictures cannot be used again, they are fully licensed to the photography.
However, there is no need to fear because it is relatively easy to find good quality pictures on the internet which you are allowed to use. You just have to know these websites and you can then whatever images you like! In this hub, I am going to cover;
- where to find these images
- where to find stellar, professional images for free (and free for you to use!)
- how to use the Wikimedia Commons archives
Now you may think that finding images like these are impossible and are probably f bad quality but that is certainly not the case! I took a look around some of the websites mentioned and explained below, and these images come from these websites and are completely free!
Morgue fileClick thumbnail to view full-size
The first and probably my favourite is Morguefile. Here you have a wealth of superb, crystal clear images which look amazing. Morguefile covers everything from animals to beautiful landscapes to everyday objects to fruits to flowers, you name it. Just type something into the search bar and see for yourself.
The images are free, anybody can use them but you should attribute. Remember to follow the images licence at all times, sometimes you may need to contact the photographer.
What About You?
Where do you get your images from?
Freedigitalphotos.net ImagesClick thumbnail to view full-size
Free Digital Photos.net
Many of the images in my hubs derive from freedigitalphots.net. This is a fantastic website and the photographs are high resolution and free, provided you attribute to the photographer and site. The range of topics that this website covers includes:
- People - This website has a huge amount of photos with people, children and animals and includes images with businessmen and women, doctors, scientists, and many more roles.
- Science, Health and Technology - If you are a tech and science geek like me, you will find a good collection of science, medicine, health and technology images for your hubs.
- Landscapes and Nature - Depending on whether you ae writing about animals, plants, gardens, landscapes or other forms of nature, you'll find a LOT of images in this category.
- Food - Like most sites, you will find a good amount of food and drink photos here, perhaps not as many as Pixabay.
- Clipart - There are many forms of clipart, graphs and flow charts here.
- Business - You will find an extensive range of images in many subcategories including agriculture, finance, charts, business people, offices, energy, and many more.
If you want to use one of freedigitalphotos.net images, you can use the free version which has no watermarks, but you have to provide attribution. If you want to use an image without attribution, you will have to purchase one of the images at a small fee.
Pixabay ImagesClick thumbnail to view full-size
Pixabay is a website which has public domain images and photos. This website has amazing photographs, like Morgue file and all images are free to use. The advantage of Pixabay is that it includes much more clip art than Morgue file so you have the option of clip art here too.
The website interface is easy to use and crisp. I found it a joy to go through some of the wonderful images there. There is a huge selection of photos, diagrams and clipart and the photographs are available in many resolutions and sizes.
Photos Public Domain ImagesClick thumbnail to view full-size
I just discovered this website recently and it is quite an excellent website I found, too. This website contains hundreds if not thousands of fantastic photographs in the public domain. It is a very search-riendly site which sorts it's library of photos in categories including:
- Landscapes and Nature - Weather, Animals,
- Animals - Birds, Dogs, Cats and lots more
- Objects such as computers, electronics, school equipment, kitchen, jewellery, money etc
- Other - Fireworks, flags, lights, crafts and sewing.
- Holidays and Seasons - Christmas, Halloween, 4th Of July, Easter, Thanksgiving.
The only way to see for yourself is to visit their website at http://www.photos-public-domain.com/.
Quick Guide On Where To Find Various Images
Best Places To Find
There are many subcategories of this topic including offices, skyscrapers, interior design, bridges, religous buildings and many more.
Freedigitalphotos.net, Pixabay and some on Morguefile
Freedigitalphotos.net and Pixabay includes charts, agriculture, business people, finance, property, retail and communications images. Wikimedia Commons has some nice finance and business pictures. Morguefile includes business, a lot on finance and many more images.
Food and Drink
All three sites have an extensive range of food and drink photos, ranging from fruit to vegetables to breads to drinks to sweets, you name it. Pixabay has the most impressive archive of food and drink photos.
Science and Technology
Freedigitalphotos.net, Pixabay and Wikimedia Commons
Freedigitalphotos.net has a huge and super technological range of tech photos from phones to electronics to websites and internet etc plus many science and laboratory images. Pixabay has some great tech images also. For hardware devices such as iPhones etc, try Wikimedia Commons.
Pixabay, Morgue file, Wikimedia Commons and Freedigitalphotos.net
All four sites have stunning landscape and nature photographs. You will have plenty of choice in this department on all websites!
Health and Medicine
Freedigitalphotos.net, Morguefile, Pixabay
Freedigitalphotos.net have a good selection of medicine and health photos including the human body, medical equipment, smoking and many more. Pixabay have a wonderful selection of 'health' orientated images.
Pixabay, Freedigitalphotos.net, Wikimedia Commons and Morguefile
Morgue file have some stellar sports images, you should check those out. FDP have hundreds of sports images varying by subtopic. Pixabay also have some cool sports photos too.
Very good variety of images on all sites from the domestic to the exotic. Wikimedia Commons have some great closeup shots of many, many animals.
For 'people' images, try freedigitalphotos.net. Their massive selecction includes adults, children, groups, business people, doctors and many others.
This is my favourite place to go to for images because the images are fully licensed, free and are of a great quality. I will explain how you can use this gallery to get some great images for your own. I will take an example and will guide you through the process.
1. I want to write a geography hub, so I want to find some images on clouds. So, I will look up 'clouds' in Wikipedia.
2. I am then brought to a page about clouds. There are some images in this article but I want to see the full range of images that is in the Wikimedia Commons archive.
3. Go down to the very end of the page and select 'Media From Commons'. Sometimes it may say 'Wikimedia Commons' and might not be at the very end of the page but it should be near the very bottom.
4. Select that and you will be brought to the Wikimedia Commons search results for the name of the term you put in to the Wikipedia search bar. As you can see, the term 'clouds' is divided into many subcategories. I will then select a subcategory and then an image. I will select the image again and copy its URL. Find the photographer and licence and attribute the image.
Wikimedia Commons may appear to have its licences properly attributed to its owners but because of the flow of images that are constantly being uploaded onto Commons, some photos may escape moderation. They may have absurd licences which clearly should not be re-used.
A good example is when I saw Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side Of The Moon" album cover (the one with the prism) on Wikimedia Commons and clearly Pink Floyd have the rights to it and no one else. When I checked the licence, it was CC-AS, so judging by the licence, it was mine to take if I attributed. That was clearly wrong since it has been uploaded by another user (not Pink Floyd or their artwork designers) who simply copied the picture and gave it their own licence.
In short, always remember to check whether the licences are credible or not. If you are certain that they are stolen images (from companies, bands etc), I would not suggest that you use them because you could still be in trouble. However, the majority of images on Commons are checked...just be on lookout.
Thanks For Reading!
There are many more including Flickr Creative Commons and other websites. I will be adding to this list in the future. Feel free to comment and let me know on what you think of this hub, I will be delighted to answer you!
Thanks for reading!