How do you find free public domain photographs for your hubs?

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  1. Nancy Owens profile image86
    Nancy Owensposted 11 years ago

    How do you find free public domain photographs for your hubs?

    I have found a found some sites, but when I get there I have a hard time understanding if the photo I like is public domain, or okay to put in my hub. I have read a couple hubs on this subject but I am still confused. Especially on Google Images. Not sure why, but I am.

  2. Kris Heeter profile image74
    Kris Heeterposted 11 years ago  - but you need to give them proper credit  - they make it easy and provide the appropriate link for you

  3. vmartinezwilson profile image82
    vmartinezwilsonposted 11 years ago

    You can also go to or just type Stock photos in google to find other sites.

  4. Seeker7 profile image83
    Seeker7posted 11 years ago

    It is very confusing about photographs and not many sites make it that easy to understand.

    I use Wikimedia Commons quite a lot and I feel that on the whole it's quite easy to understand in what way you can use photographs. On this site if you see the paragraph - usually with old photographs - that its copyright has expired, then you can use it without having to give the photographer/source a mention.

    The others on Wikimedia Commons - usually you have to name the source of the photograph and this is given, usually, just below the photo itself. This is because, although the photograph is free to use, the photographer would still like to be recognised for the work they have produced.

  5. capricornrising profile image61
    capricornrisingposted 11 years ago

    Funny - I'm about to compose a hub on this very thing, since I've now learned an enormous amount about licenses, creative commons images, and copyrights.

    It's probably wisest NOT to use Google Images. The largest percentage of images on Google are all copyrighted. This is also true of most of Flickr.

    I mostly use one of two sites:

    1) search dot creativecommons dot org - type your keyword(s) into the box, then click the button of the resource you want to use. But be very careful of Flickr. Even if some of their images come up as a result of this search, some of them still require you to purchase a license. You can tell by the icons on the middle of the right column.

    2) wikimedia commons dot org - pretty much everything on this site is in the public domain, and therefore completely free to use.

    Make sure you attribute them appropriately on your hub, by the way. The Learning Center (click the help button) can help you with that. I usually fill in all the fields in my photo capsule these days, unless they're my own images.

    There are others - just google "free images" or "free pictures" then be sure you read their guidelines carefully. Good luck!

  6. UnnamedHarald profile image92
    UnnamedHaraldposted 11 years ago

    Great question. I went to, got shunted somehow to, looked for a single world war i photo, filled out all the questions, pressed the button to get the cost: $2,310. Maybe it's because I specified the 10 year option? See the attached image for info. Kind of outrageous.

  7. rajan jolly profile image93
    rajan jollyposted 11 years ago

    One site for free photos is The other is Flickr try using the advanced search tab and tick the boxes marked search within creative commons licensed content & free for commercial use.
    Always give attribution to the author and the source page.
    You can also use Check the license for "free  for commercial use" and attribute it appropriately.

  8. terrektwo profile image77
    terrektwoposted 11 years ago

    When you do a search look for sites that offer pictures that are completely free for use, there are many sites that do this now.

  9. profile image0
    Kieran Gracieposted 11 years ago

    I use stock.xchng (, which has a good selection of free pictures as well as images for purchase.  They make it quite clear which is which, and also if the image requires any mention.  Some do, some don't.  I have also bought photos from this site - they seem good value, usually less than $1.

  10. Blond Logic profile image93
    Blond Logicposted 11 years ago

    These are all great sources but I would also say, even if someone has all rights reserved it is easy to get permission. I send them an email and I have never been refused. I put a link back to their gallery of photos. Most are happy to send me a larger version as well. Plus if you like one of their's it is likely you will return to use more.
    It is a great question because I imagine there are a lot of people who want to know, and like yourself, are still confused with the how to go about it.

  11. MickS profile image59
    MickSposted 11 years ago

    Try :

  12. Melovy profile image94
    Melovyposted 11 years ago

    MissOlive has written an excellent hub on this, detailing many sites where you can find photographs that it’s legal to use.
    My favourite sites to use are:
    Wikicommons: in particular great for old photographs and of famous people, though there are lots of other photos too
    FreeDigitalPhotos:  great for when you want to illustrate a concept in a hub, eg showing someone is  stressed or I used it for a photo to illustrate a ‘Goals” hub,
    Flickr: but you need to be sure to use the creative commons part of it.
    Here is the link to MissOlive’s hub: … s-and-Hubs

  13. Sangeeta Gurung profile image60
    Sangeeta Gurungposted 11 years ago

    Normally we use our own pics done by my daughter Naintara. Rarely we go to the internet photo domains...Sangeeta


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