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?
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.
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.
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/
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
Thank you for sharing the link.
Do I need to become a member of the site to access the images?
Do a forum search, this question comes up at least twice a week.
What if you don't have an eye for photographs...or a steady hand
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"
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!
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.
I use Morguefile.com. They have 100% legal photos that are open-source and free to use in any project!
I have a hub 50+ Sites To Get Free Royalty Free Stock Photos. There are some great resources on there.
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.
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.
I use my mobile phone camera, and often I create JPEGs using paint.net.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
I don't know that. Thanks. But this is what I do all the time.
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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