Where do you get good quality images for your hubs?

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  1. cashmere profile image76
    cashmereposted 10 years ago

    I use flikr photos with the cc license but I know there are some sites which sell royalty free stock images.
    Any idea which ones are good?

    1. DaveL profile image86
      DaveLposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      istockphotos.com are pretty good - I use them all the time. You have to buy credits in bulk, but if you're going to use them a lot it's worth it. There smallest images work out about at a dollar or two, and are of a good enough quality you can use them on your hub.

    2. lyndre profile image61
      lyndreposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      You,ve been rumbled.
      Why post in the forum when you have already written a hub on the same subject?
      To be here for 2 years and not know how to use photos beggers believe.

      1. imatellmuva profile image80
        imatellmuvaposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Thumbs down!!!

    3. Mike's Corner profile image80
      Mike's Cornerposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      U.S. governmnet photos are also in the public domain, so you can go to the photo section on sites liek NASA, US Army, DOD, etc., and use the photos there . . they do request that you credit the government body and, if given, the photographer's name. Here is the DOD for example: http://www.defense.gov/multimedia/

    4. Uninvited Writer profile image83
      Uninvited Writerposted 9 years agoin reply to this
  2. cashmere profile image76
    cashmereposted 10 years ago

    What do the bulk credits cost Dave?

  3. Missing Link profile image80
    Missing Linkposted 10 years ago


    many great photos for free!

    once in awhile it does not have the photo I need but I always find a way to make it work.

    I have used many stock photos and have only ever paid for one

    I believe you will be most pleased with the link I have provided

    1. Ladybird33 profile image76
      Ladybird33posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      This is very helpful. Thank you for sharing.

  4. cashmere profile image76
    cashmereposted 10 years ago

    Thank you for sharing the link.
    Do I need to become a member of the site to access the images?

    1. Missing Link profile image80
      Missing Linkposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      u need to have an account, very easy to sign up and free, just takes a moment, five minutes after reading this u could have access

  5. Uninvited Writer profile image83
    Uninvited Writerposted 10 years ago

    Do a forum search, this question comes up at least twice a week.

    1. cashmere profile image76
      cashmereposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      the search revealed a couple of gems...thanks for the suggestion

  6. cashmere profile image76
    cashmereposted 10 years ago

    Does it?
    I guess a forum search is in order

  7. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 10 years ago

    From my kitchen with my digital camera smile

  8. cashmere profile image76
    cashmereposted 10 years ago

    What if you don't have an eye for photographs...or a steady hand smile

  9. CharlesWells profile image59
    CharlesWellsposted 9 years ago

    Create your own. I guess it depends on what you consider a quality image. If you consider it an image in focus and not grainy there are many options.  I use flamingtext.com to create a logo/banner. They have many options.  Some you can control the banner size.  Others you can not.  Download them in your Paint program and resize them to suit.  Use your main keyword phrase.  Also use it in the title, alt text, and description.

    For photographs zoom into desired screen shot and hit <print screen> key.  Open Paint program and hit <Ctrl-V> keys.  Clip desired image.

    Modify the image to avoid copyright issues.  Clip out section of a larger image.  Add borders.  Add image to another image for the background.

    See my new Hub Page "How to Make Images to Improve Search Engine Rankings"

    1. Pcunix profile image94
      Pcunixposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I agree.  It's so simple to get exactly what you want and avoids all the hassle of is it public domain, how do I properly credit it..

      It also avoids using the same boring stock images everybody uses.  I swear, if I see that same glass jar of coins on another Adense hub, I am going to scream!

  10. tritrain profile image78
    tritrainposted 9 years ago

    Well, I know you may not like to see it, but it is a good resource and I put a lot of work into it.

    It is up to date.


    Yes, all of these sources can be used on HubPages as well.  big_smile

    1. jerridtorresg profile image61
      jerridtorresgposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      It's new to me.. I would try this one.

  11. Pagelift profile image59
    Pageliftposted 9 years ago

    I use Morguefile.com. They have 100% legal photos that are open-source and free to use in any project!

    1. Rosie2010 profile image70
      Rosie2010posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      thanks, this helps me too.

  12. flighty02 profile image77
    flighty02posted 9 years ago

    I have a hub 50+ Sites To Get Free Royalty Free Stock Photos. There are some great resources on there.

  13. Princessa profile image82
    Princessaposted 9 years ago

    I use my own photos and just ask for permission to use other people's photos when I need them. 

    For example with my latest hub I requested permission from the owner of the sites I mentioned to use their images.  They all agreed no problem provided that I give them credit for the image.  I think that is a good deal.

  14. plcarpe profile image74
    plcarpeposted 9 years ago

    I just make them myself with a simple program called "StoneSet Capture" which I posted a tutorial for beginners on. I gave a link to the older free version, and made all the images for the tutorial for that program. The more advanced and newer version also lets you easily make videos of whatever you are trying to illustrate on your desktop, which you can upload to YouTube. Using YouTube seems to be the trend these days.

    Also, many websites will let you use their images free if you are promoting their products. By promoting their products (provided they are EXCELLENT products) with tutorials and reviews, you have something great to write about as well as a cross-source of traffic. But I only do this if I REALLY believe in the product. People won't read your articles if they sense you just want to sell them something.

  15. habee profile image92
    habeeposted 9 years ago

    Photoxpress is a good free site, too.

  16. quicksand profile image80
    quicksandposted 9 years ago

    I use my mobile phone camera, and often I create JPEGs using paint.net. smile

  17. ForkArtJunkie profile image61
    ForkArtJunkieposted 9 years ago

    Morguefile.com is my personal favorite. They are free, and all the pics that I've found can be used for commercial use, and do not even require attribution.

    1. Rosie2010 profile image70
      Rosie2010posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      thanks, this helps me too.

    2. simeonvisser profile image75
      simeonvisserposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I'm happy to hear about such a site. I searched a few times and they're indeed good photos, free and no attribution required.

    3. 2besure profile image83
      2besureposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks, they have great photos.

  18. camlo profile image86
    camloposted 9 years ago

    Many of mine were taken just using my cell phone. I also have a program by Kodak to improve their quality and add professional looking effects.

  19. melpor profile image93
    melporposted 9 years ago

    I simply get most of my images from google search. Just look in google images while searching. You will find some high quality images there. Also you want to choose images that are large in size. Do not use small images because they will become blurry when you insert them into your hubs unless you are planning to keep them in the small size.

  20. suncat profile image61
    suncatposted 9 years ago

    free pictures are everywhere, sites like flickr and wikipedia and many other regular web sites have them,  just look for the copyright notices. you can use a search engine to search for pics.

    paint.net is great to edit pics. and phone cameras are good to take them.

  21. Rosie2010 profile image70
    Rosie2010posted 9 years ago

    thanks for this question, it helps me too.  I use Wikimedia Commons a lot and I just found out about Flicker Creative Commons. StockXchange is another free site.

  22. brimancandy profile image77
    brimancandyposted 9 years ago

    I try to use mostly my own images. Unless I am writing a hub about a certain musician or movie. I get most of those off from public fan sites like yahoo groups, but, you can almost get those types of photos anywhere, just by doing a search.

    My favorite place to get videos is Youtube. The amount of videos at the site is staggering. You can find any video about anything there. I was on the site last night looking at all the crazy carnival rides in Europe. Man they have some good ones, and it is crazy how people seem to be walking onto these rides while they are moving! Or so close thay can reach out and touch a very fast moving ride. Which would never happen in the U.S. Too dangerous.

    There is a ride called the trabant here in the U.S. and I saw a video of one of those rides with people riding it standing up! With no kind of safety restraint at all! never happen here.

  23. Jane@CM profile image60
    Jane@CMposted 9 years ago

    I try to use my own photos as much as possible.  If I'm doing a food hub, I will take a picture of the food myself.  I also have many photographer friends who let me borrow their work, but I always always give them the photo credit!

  24. cashmere profile image76
    cashmereposted 9 years ago

    Thanks guys for sharing all these sites...I got a hub out of them! It will help me refer back to the sites in a hurry as well.

  25. Rising Caren profile image79
    Rising Carenposted 9 years ago

    Mostly wikipedia (I always check the rights), however sometimes I'll open firefox and use the built-in creative commons search tool.

    And sometimes I just make my own.

  26. sergs_pogi profile image59
    sergs_pogiposted 9 years ago

    The best I know of is to go to Google.com and click Photos. Then type the title and there is everything. The quality is good too.

    1. Rising Caren profile image79
      Rising Carenposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      If you're using Google Photos for your own photos, yes.
      However if you're browsing through all the picasa photos (which is what google photos is), there are a LOT of pictures with rights reserved.

      1. sergs_pogi profile image59
        sergs_pogiposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        I don't know that. Thanks. But this is what I do all the time.

        1. Rising Caren profile image79
          Rising Carenposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          Well hopefully the creators of the photos don't mind.

          1. sergs_pogi profile image59
            sergs_pogiposted 9 years agoin reply to this

            I wish...

  27. imatellmuva profile image80
    imatellmuvaposted 9 years ago

    I truly appreciate this question. At times, it's difficult to find a photo to compliment your hub. Aside from using my own pics, I have found photos on wikimedia commons, and freedigitalphotos.net. AND a fellow hubber, World-Traveler offers his photos for free.

    Thanks everyone for all of the GREAT recommendations and suggestions...except for the person who threw shade and left a snappy comment...shame, shame.


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