As a blogger, we often miss out the importance of images and even if we use images, most of the time we pick it from random Websites. Here I’m sharing some useful resources for beginners to Find Images Online for free. These Image sites, will help you to pick the best image for your next blog post.
For simplicity’s sake, a lot of writers use photos that they find online. Using images that are owned by someone else is fine as long as you make sure that you won’t be infringing on copyright. It is illegal to borrow an image from another site without getting explicit permission from the person who owns the rights to that image.
What do we mean by explicit permission? If you find an image anywhere other than a free image site, you must contact the site and get written permission to use the image.
Always trace images that you find online back to their original source, and check the copyright information once you get there. If you can’t find the original source, don’t use the image. You risk infringing on the content owner’s copyright if you do. For example, let’s say someone downloads an image from nationalgeographic.com for a blog post. If you find the image and then use it for your article, you will be infringing on National Geographic’s copyright (as did the person who used it for the blog post).
Websites to find Images online for Free
Here I’m listing most of the places which you can use to get free images and some paid image site. Though, my favorite is Flickr and I’m sure you would love to pick any one from these big list of Images site:
Google images has always been first place to find images, though it’s hard to know what license that image contains. But with recent changes and with feature addition, Google images has become one of the holy grail to find images online.
A new feature on Google Images allows you to restrict your search results to images that you can share, use and even modify. To use this feature:
- Go to the Advanced Image Search page.
- Enter your search query and then, under the Usage Rights section, select either Labeled for commercial reuse or Labeled for commercial reuse with modification.
- Click Google Search. Your results will be restricted to images that have appropriate licenses.
- Click on the image you want to use and then open it at its source.
- Verify that the image is licensed appropriately.
Note that the credit link should be to the image’s source, not to the Google page. Also, when a photographer’s full name is not given, enter the user name in the Credit field.
Wikimedia Commons is a repository of free images, sound and other multimedia files that tends to be a good source for images of celebrities and sports stars. All of the content is in the public domain or released under free licenses, but make sure you read the license details provided with each photo. Where possible, follow images back to their source.
Flickr is a popular photo management website that allows users to share personal photographs. To find images with Creative Commons licenses that you can use for your articles:
- Go to the Advanced Search page.
- Enter your search query and then click both the Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content and the Find content to use commercially check boxes.
- Click Search. Your results will be restricted to images that can be used for commercial purposes.
- Click on the image that you want to use and look under Additional Information to verify that the image is licensed appropriately (e.g., Attribution or Attribution Share Alike).
If you find an image on Flickr that doesn’t have a Creative Commons license, you can contact the Flickr member and ask for permission to use it. Most photographers will likely feel honored that you want to use their photos. Let them know how you will be using it and ask how they would like to be credited. Remember to post a comment with a link to your article once it has been published.
Almost all of the photos provided on bigfoto have been taken by amateur photographers on their holiday or business travels. You can use the images provided that you include a link to the bigfoto website. The search capabilities on the site are limited, but the images are good quality.
Note that the credit link should be to the image’s source, not to the everystockphoto page.
FreeDigitalPhotos.net photos may be used for personal, educational and commercial use as long as you credit and provide a link to FreeDigitalPhotos.net.
Categories include: animals, business and industry, celebrations, everyday items, food and drink, natural world, people, places, sports and leisure, and transportation.
FreePhotosBank images are posted by both “freephotosbank” and individuals. You can download and use images posted by freephotosbank as long as you credit them. If you want to use an image posted by an individual, use the Contact this photographer feature on the photographer’s profile page to ask permission.
Categories include: abstract, architecture, computers and technology, fruits and food, nature, objects, transportation, and life.
Freepixels images may be used for both personal and commercial purposes as long as you credit freepixels.com.
Categories include: abstract and concept, architecture, nature, objects, food and drinks, travel, and people.
Freerange Stock provides images that can be used for both commercial and non-commercial projects. You must be a registered user to download photos, but registration is free. Credit the name of the photographer (either “Freerange Stock” or an individual photographer/artist), and provide a link to the page on Freerange Stock where the image resides.
Again, when you are crediting a photographer, the photographer’s user name is acceptable if the full name is not given.
Image*After is a large collection of free photos. You can download, modify and use their images for either personal or commercial purposes. No photographer/artist is listed on the photos, so credit “Image*After” and provide a link to the page on Image*After where the image resides.
morgueFile is a repository of photos that can be used for both commercial and non-commercial purposes.
Searching for images is easy, and the photographer is clearly identified. Once you have found an image that is suitable for your article, read any instructions that apply to that image. For example, the photographer may ask you to send a message saying how and where you are using the image.
Categories include: sports, nature, textures, still lifes, scenes, objects, animals, and people.
PDPhoto is a repository of images, most of them in the public domain. You are free to use the images unless they are clearly marked as being copyrighted. However, be sure to read the license details that are provided with each image as some have restrictions on commercial use.
Categories include: abstract, architecture, business, computers, concepts, food, nature, objects, people, places, seasonal and events, signs, streets and cityscapes, transportation, and world.
Do let us know which is your favorite resource to Find Images Online for your blog posts? And if you liked this post, don’t forget to share it on Facebook and Twitter.