jump to last post 1-6 of 6 discussions (34 posts)

Websites for free pictures?

  1. bbanks27 profile image84
    bbanks27posted 4 months ago

    Hi, I'm running out of places to find photos for my articles. Is there a website that you go through to be able to use pictures for free? (And attribute them of course).

    1. promisem profile image94
      promisemposted 4 months ago in reply to this

      Try Wikimedia as well.

      1. bbanks27 profile image84
        bbanks27posted 4 months ago in reply to this

        If I use Wikipedia, how do I source the photos?

        1. theraggededge profile image96
          theraggededgeposted 4 months ago in reply to this

          Click on the photo and the originator/image owner will be shown.

          1. bbanks27 profile image84
            bbanks27posted 4 months ago in reply to this

            K thank u!

          2. bbanks27 profile image84
            bbanks27posted 4 months ago in reply to this

            Are all the photos on Wikipedia available?

    2. NateB11 profile image93
      NateB11posted 4 months ago in reply to this

      Safest bets I'd say are Wikimedia Commons, Pixabay (both already mentioned) and Morguefile. There are more but that's a good start.

      1. bbanks27 profile image84
        bbanks27posted 4 months ago in reply to this

        Thanks! I'll check it out! If I use Wikipedia, how do I source the photos?

        1. NateB11 profile image93
          NateB11posted 4 months ago in reply to this

          Click on the image on Wikipedia; click on the button that says "more detail" under the image; the next page will show you the usage rights - whether it's public domain (can use anywhere, no attribution necessary), if you can use it but must give credit, etc. Next to the image is a list of choices, one of them is "use this file on the web". Click on that; a box will pop up: Copy and paste the info in "attribution" box and past that info into "source" for the image in your article. Notice there is also a "file url". You can use that to upload the photo in the Hubtool. The "page url" is the link back to the image if you want to include that.

          Edit: The "page url" you put in the box that says "source url" in the photo capsule in the Hubtool.

          1. bbanks27 profile image84
            bbanks27posted 4 months ago in reply to this

            Thank u a lot! That helps!

            1. NateB11 profile image93
              NateB11posted 4 months ago in reply to this

              No problem.

              1. bbanks27 profile image84
                bbanks27posted 4 months ago in reply to this

                Are all the photos on Wikipedia available for use?

                1. Marisa Wright profile image94
                  Marisa Wrightposted 4 months ago in reply to this

                  Nate's instructions explain it well.  However, if the photo doesn't say "Public domain", and it gives an original location (e.g. Flickr) where the photo came from, then do go to the original location to check the licence. 

                  Wikipedia, Wikimedia etc are run by volunteers and there aren't enough of us these days.   People post new photos all the time and sometimes, they don't actually have permission to do so.  The volunteers try to check but too many slip through the net. So don't assume just because it's on WIkimedia that it's OK, do try to check up on it first.

                  That's why I like to go straight to Pixabay and Flickr, where the licences are easier to understand.

    3. Anita Hasch profile image82
      Anita Haschposted 4 months ago in reply to this

      I use pixabay and always seem to find what I need.

      1. bbanks27 profile image84
        bbanks27posted 4 months ago in reply to this

        I just created an account

  2. Marisa Wright profile image94
    Marisa Wrightposted 4 months ago

    I have an article about how to use pictures correctly, you'll find it on the slider on my profile.   Pixabay.com and Pexels.com are both good sources and you don't even have to credit the source.

    1. bbanks27 profile image84
      bbanks27posted 4 months ago in reply to this

      How do you source the images through pixabay.com if you can't hotlink?

      1. Marisa Wright profile image94
        Marisa Wrightposted 4 months ago in reply to this

        Never hotlink.   Download the image to your device then upload it to HubPages.

        1. bbanks27 profile image84
          bbanks27posted 4 months ago in reply to this

          What do I put for the source?

        2. bbanks27 profile image84
          bbanks27posted 4 months ago in reply to this

          What do I put for the URL?

          1. Marisa Wright profile image94
            Marisa Wrightposted 4 months ago in reply to this

            Bbanks, people are going to get tired of helping you if you don't make some effort to help yourself.

            Did you read my article on how to credit pictures?

            1. bbanks27 profile image84
              bbanks27posted 4 months ago in reply to this

              I just read you whole entire article. So I click the pic, download, it and add it to the photo capsule. So leave the photo blank? And dont source it at all? But put the photographers name down?

              1. Marisa Wright profile image94
                Marisa Wrightposted 4 months ago in reply to this

                If you read the terms on Pixabay, you'll see they don't require attribution at all.  You can put "Pixabay" in the source if you like but you don't need to fill in the URL.

  3. theraggededge profile image96
    theraggededgeposted 4 months ago

    And Compfight.com, making sure to click on Creative Commons on the left when you get search results.

  4. janshares profile image90
    jansharesposted 4 months ago

    Pixabay (the best)
    freedigitalphotos

    1. bbanks27 profile image84
      bbanks27posted 4 months ago in reply to this

      1.download photo
      2. Save photo
      3. Upload photo to hubpages
      and that's it? What do I put for the source? And URL?

  5. solardoll24 profile image82
    solardoll24posted 4 months ago

    I just google whatever image that I'm looking for. If Im looking for rain storm pics, then I google "free rainstorm pics". Then, click the image tab in google chrome. When I see one that I like, I click on it then save it to my computer. I believe you can use just about any photo as long as you put the image source. That then gives the site that you got the pic from exposure. Therefore, you are helping them by sending them traffic. Hope this helps.

    1. theraggededge profile image96
      theraggededgeposted 4 months ago in reply to this

      You are completely misinformed and giving out very bad advice. You cannot take any image you like from a Google search. Many people have been completely surprised when they receive a substantial bill for unauthorised image use. All images belong to someone. You have to make sure they are either in the Public Domain or are licensed for free use.

      Read this: https://hubpageshelp.com/media/Learning … -image-use

    2. Marisa Wright profile image94
      Marisa Wrightposted 4 months ago in reply to this

      As TheRaggedEdge says, you are completely wrong and putting yourself at risk of prosecution. 

      Also you are NOT sending the original site traffic, because clicking on the photo doesn't take the reader to the original site - they have to look at the source information and click on that, which most readers won't bother to do.  So you're not doing the original site any favours.

    3. earner profile image85
      earnerposted 4 months ago in reply to this

      As the others have said, I'm only posting so you understand it's important.

      What you are doing is WRONG and will not work.  NO photos are available to be used by you unless you can specifically see where they give you permission and what sort of permission they are giving you.

      Anything else is theft.

      It's a bit like assuming you can browse the cake shop window items and help yourself because "they won't sell those anyway as they've been left out" .... and "I'll tell friends how great it was and they'll go to that cake shop".

      1. NateB11 profile image93
        NateB11posted 4 months ago in reply to this

        Okay, you got my attention. Where is this cake shop?

  6. Whispering Night profile image78
    Whispering Nightposted 4 months ago

    I am a graphic designer I heavily edit my photos. If you want to use a photo of a person who lived long time ago. Then you cannot take fresh photos. You have to make use of whatever picture available.

    1. theraggededge profile image96
      theraggededgeposted 4 months ago in reply to this

      Not if it's copyright, you can't. However, most old photos are in the Public Domain, but you should still make sure. Be careful with recently deceased people like Michael Jackson.  You are pretty safe using anything from Wikimedia.

    2. earner profile image85
      earnerposted 4 months ago in reply to this

      You still need to check rights/copyright of any image you use - else you're opening your client up to the potential of a massive lawsuit, because any legal papers would land on their desk first, before they phoned you up and said "Oi, pirate, cowboy .... what's this????"

 
working