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Confused about photos and sourcing!

  1. Johnny Caito profile image61
    Johnny Caitoposted 3 years ago

    Hi everyone,

    I just joined, and I'm not really sure I understand which photos I can and cannot use. For my first hub, I just inserted the link into the box, so it sourced all of the photos. However, looking through other hubs, it doesn't look everyone does that. How do I know when I have to source something? Only if it has a Copyright?

    Thanks in advance!


    1. Jo Robertson profile image71
      Jo Robertsonposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Free images (formerly stock exchange) has a lot of free to use photos with instructions on how to give credit.

      What I do is a google image search for "subject creative commons", where subject is the type of photo I want. But you must still be careful this way and open the page for each photo you want to use, because sometimes there's something ELSE on the page under creative commons and not the photo you want to use.

    2. agvulpes profile image87
      agvulpesposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      G'day Johnny and welcome to Hubpages smile
      IMO it's best to 'source' any image that you use on a Hub.
      You might like to read through the 'Learning Center' on what is a go/nogo image requirement :
      Cheers... Peter

  2. psycheskinner profile image82
    psycheskinnerposted 3 years ago

    You have to get photos from places that state their conditions of use, like foter.com or wikimedia.

    1. Johnny Caito profile image61
      Johnny Caitoposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for the response.

      What if it's an image I've pulled off of Google Images, and there is no copyright listed in the details section. Is it okay to use those? Like this for example:


      1. LuisEGonzalez profile image89
        LuisEGonzalezposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        Use Google images/free to use, even commercially and then make sure you find the copyright. Even if the image is found under this search , you should still find the copyright and make sure that it says free to use, even commercially.

  3. psycheskinner profile image82
    psycheskinnerposted 3 years ago

    No.  You have to assume it is under copyright unless otherwise stated.

  4. Johnny Caito profile image61
    Johnny Caitoposted 3 years ago

    Gotcha. Thanks, psycheskinner! I appreciate the help.

  5. psycheskinner profile image82
    psycheskinnerposted 3 years ago

    No worries.  I had the same issue when I started.

  6. Torrs13 profile image95
    Torrs13posted 3 years ago

    I do a search through the Creative Commons website and typically stick with Flickr. Once I'm there, I look for photos that have an attribution agreement, meaning I can use it as long as I give proper credit (the symbol looks like a person inside a circle). Let me know if you have any questions!

  7. profile image0
    LisaKeatingposted 3 years ago

    I also use Creative Commons. I find Wikimedia the easiest to attribute. Make sure you use the HP Learning Center help pages.


  8. Marie Flint profile image90
    Marie Flintposted 3 years ago

    Hub Pages also encourages us to use our own images. This is easy with a digital camera. I myself have a Samsung cell phone with built-in camera ad a memory card that fits into my Hewlett Packard laptop. I edit my pictures (and sometimes legal online pictures) in Windows Live Photo Gallery. When giving photo credits, you don't have to credit those in the public domain (Wikimedia specifies which ones those are), but it's always nice to acknowledge the photographer or artist. You don't have to use the photo template to attribute pictures, either. A text capsule at the end of the hub with photo credits is perfectly acceptable. Best wishes for your success here at HP!