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Free Images That Can Be Used Legally, Including Pictures of People.

Updated on May 17, 2014

Free Images You Can Use Legally, Including Pictures of People.

Free Images You Can Use Legally, Including Pictures of People.
Free Images You Can Use Legally, Including Pictures of People.

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Legality of using other people's photos/images

We all know it's completely illegal to use another person's intellectual property without their consent, so I've created this article to make it easy for everyone to find legally available and usable free photos.

Warning: Some of the photos/image may require attribution when used and others require that the photo/image's legal owner be notified whenever his/her photo is being used, usually by sending them a link to the URL where the photo/image is being used. It's important to read the fine print.

Where can I find free photos or images that I can use legally?

The following are a few websites that allow you to use their images for commercial and editorial use at not cost to you, including photos of people. Do not resell or redistribute any photos or claim them as your own:


Freerange Stock: All images can be used for commercial or personal purposes, no attribution required the only thing you have to do is leave a comment under the photo. Some restrictions apply, read the FAQ and/or license terms for more info.

Microsoft Office Images - There is no need for attribution or author notification. This websites has a great collection of high quality pictures of people.

Dreamstime - Free images section - There is no need for attribution or author notification but you will need to create a free Dreamstime account. Be selective in the photos you download as this website only allows you to download 10 free images. If you want to download more you'll have to buy a subscription package. There are free pictures of people, but most of them aren't that great, although if your photo editing skills are good you might be able to fix some of them to make them more appealing.

stock.xchng - Attribution and author notification requirements vary per photo and will appear below each photo. You will also need to create a free stck.xchng account. There are free photos of people, but most of them aren't that great, although if your photo editing skills are good you might be able to fix some of them to make them more appealing.

Wikimedia Commons - Read terms of use for each photo/image as they may vary considerably. On this one you'll find free photos of celebrities.

FreeDigitalPhotos - Only the small size of each photo is available for free download and use, but attribution is required. No need to notify the author. This one does have lots of good quality photos of people.

FreeMediaGoo - No need for attribution or author notification. Clearly states all images are free to be used as desired. I still wouldn't go claiming an image as your own though. This website only offers a handful of photos but most of them are of very high quality. I didn't find any photos of people.

FreePhotosBank - No need for attribution or author notification. This one offers a decent collection of fairly good quality photos, but I didn't find any photos of people.

Open Clip Art Library - (Thank you to That Grrl for suggesting this link in the comments section below). A collaborative library of free clip art to use freely in any way you like. No attribution or notification is needed.

morgueFile - Terms and conditions of use appear beside each photo. They may vary from photo to photo so read them carefully. There are free pictures of people, but most of them aren't that great, although if your photo editing skills are good you might be able to fix some of them to make them more appealing.

Pixabay - Stunning public domain images - This one offers some high quality photos of people.

picdrome - Public domain images. Description from the picdrome website: 'Picdrome.com is a growing Public Domain digital photography collection, free of copyright and licensed under Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Public Domain Dedication. All images are free to download for personal, educational and commercial use, without restriction.'

Public Domain Pictures Pictures from this site are free to use but there is a warning to use pictures that feature products with care as well as a warning that some pictures might require model and/or property releases.

If you know of any sites not listed here that provide free, legally usable photos, let me know in the comments section below so that I can add it to the list. Thank you so much.

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    • Leland Johnson profile image

      Leland Johnson 2 months ago from Midland MI

      This is a very practical and helpful article. I'm going to browse some of the links you provided. What a great idea for a hub! Thank you!

    • C L Mitchell profile image

      C L Mitchell 3 years ago

      Thanks for this list, there's a few free photo sites on here that I didn't know about.

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      snapographic.com 4 years ago

      A new plattform with free photos for personal and commercial use: http://snapographic.com

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      willvanderberg 4 years ago

      Great article Valerie, I found a number of links I haven't seen before. Those will definitely come in handy. Thanks!

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      Sleepylog 4 years ago from Australia

      Glad you found my hub helpful Sonja and if you find anymore websites that I haven't listed, please let me know so I can add it to the list :)

    • Sonja Larsen profile image

      Sonja Larsen 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Thanks a bunch for putting together this hub on free legal pics. So helpful, I went through and bookmarked each and every one! Nice work!

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      agapsikap 4 years ago from Philippines

      Informative and very useful specially to newbies (like me) who are still confuse where to get photos for their hubs. Voted up and sharing!

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      Sleepylog 5 years ago from Australia

      Yes that's so true, I really used to struggle with finding images when I first joined HP, but now I know enough sources that I usually find what I need. Quite a lot of the time I also use my own images.

      Thanks for reading my hub and leaving a comment, I'm glad you found it useful.

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      Ceres Schwarz 5 years ago

      Great and useful hub. Thanks for the list of places on where to find images that we can legally use. It's good to have a lot of possible sites to peruse because it can be a bit hard to find the proper images that we can legally use for hubs.

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      Sleepylog 5 years ago from Australia

      Are you sure it was Pixaby Emanate? I just clicked on it and it says Public Domain Images. Did you maybe click on one of their partner links?

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      Gary R. Smith 5 years ago from the Head to the Heart

      Sleepylog,

      Your hub is a fantastic resource which I have just started to peruse.

      I clicked on 'Pixabay - Stunning public domain images ....' and found that they do charge for downloads -- 199 Euro for a month. I did not see any low- or no-cost downloads. Mentioned just in case you would like to clarify that on your list.

      What would you recommend for quality images of Hawaiian landscape?

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      Sleepylog 5 years ago from Australia

      Thank you picdrome, I have added your site to the list.

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      picdrome 5 years ago

      Hi and thank you for the list!

      I can also add http://www.picdrome.com, a growing Public Domain picture collection, free of copyright and licensed under Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Public Domain Dedication. All items are free to download for personal and commercial use, without restriction and are available in high definition.

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      Sleepylog 5 years ago from Australia

      I did remember Open Clip art after I published and didn't want to start the 24 hour review period again so I thought I'd wait until the hub was approved first. And you're so right about me not using an image. It was taking me a while to find one I liked so I thought I'd publish the hub first then worry about finding an image I like... which I'm yet to do, lol... I'm kind of fussy.

      Thank so much for your input, I'll add a link to Open Clip Art right now.

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      Sleepylog 5 years ago from Australia

      You're welcome bodylevive, I'm glad hub has helped you. Thank you for the votes and rating, they're always appreciated.

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      Laura Brown 5 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      I like the MS site. I also like http://openclipart.org/ which you may not know about .

      Funny that you wrote about using images and then didn't add one to your post. :)

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      BODYLEVIVE 5 years ago from Alabama, USA

      Thank you for sharing this because I was looking for a site like the ones you mentioned. up and useful

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