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Where To Get Free, Superb Image Quality Photos for Your Hubs, Blog Or Website

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Susan has written four internet marketing books, and also does SEO for both global and small companies.

Introduction

Let's face it, having stunning pictures on your hubs, blog or website makes your articles much better. Pictures add a splash of colour and life to your hubs and could keep visitors for longer. It depends what kind of hub you have written but some pictures are easy to find and some aren't.

The problem is not finding pictures but finding properly licensed pictures which you are free to use, with attribution are hard to find as most pictures cannot be used again, they are fully licensed to the photography.

However, there is no need to fear because it is relatively easy to find good quality pictures on the internet which you are allowed to use. You just have to know these websites and you can then whatever images you like! In this hub, I am going to cover;

  • where to find these images
  • where to find stellar, professional images for free (and free for you to use!)
  • how to use the Wikimedia Commons archives

Now you may think that finding images like these are impossible and are probably f bad quality but that is certainly not the case! I took a look around some of the websites mentioned and explained below, and these images come from these websites and are completely free!

Morguefile

The first and probably my favourite is Morguefile. Here you have a wealth of superb, crystal clear images which look amazing. Morguefile covers everything from animals to beautiful landscapes to everyday objects to fruits to flowers, you name it. Just type something into the search bar and see for yourself.

The images are free, anybody can use them but you should attribute. Remember to follow the images licence at all times, sometimes you may need to contact the photographer.

What About You?

Free Digital Photos.net

Many of the images in my hubs derive from freedigitalphots.net. This is a fantastic website and the photographs are high resolution and free, provided you attribute to the photographer and site. The range of topics that this website covers includes:

  • People - This website has a huge amount of photos with people, children and animals and includes images with businessmen and women, doctors, scientists, and many more roles.
  • Science, Health and Technology - If you are a tech and science geek like me, you will find a good collection of science, medicine, health and technology images for your hubs.
  • Landscapes and Nature - Depending on whether you ae writing about animals, plants, gardens, landscapes or other forms of nature, you'll find a LOT of images in this category.
  • Food - Like most sites, you will find a good amount of food and drink photos here, perhaps not as many as Pixabay.
  • Clipart - There are many forms of clipart, graphs and flow charts here.
  • Business - You will find an extensive range of images in many subcategories including agriculture, finance, charts, business people, offices, energy, and many more.

If you want to use one of freedigitalphotos.net images, you can use the free version which has no watermarks, but you have to provide attribution. If you want to use an image without attribution, you will have to purchase one of the images at a small fee.

Pixabay

Pixabay is a website which has public domain images and photos. This website has amazing photographs, like Morgue file and all images are free to use. The advantage of Pixabay is that it includes much more clip art than Morgue file so you have the option of clip art here too.

The website interface is easy to use and crisp. I found it a joy to go through some of the wonderful images there. There is a huge selection of photos, diagrams and clipart and the photographs are available in many resolutions and sizes.

This snapshot effectively captures the fluidity and energy of water.

This snapshot effectively captures the fluidity and energy of water.

Photos-Public-Domain

I just discovered this website recently and it is quite an excellent website I found, too. This website contains hundreds if not thousands of fantastic photographs in the public domain. It is a very search-riendly site which sorts it's library of photos in categories including:

  • Landscapes and Nature - Weather, Animals,
  • Animals - Birds, Dogs, Cats and lots more
  • Objects such as computers, electronics, school equipment, kitchen, jewellery, money etc
  • Other - Fireworks, flags, lights, crafts and sewing.
  • Holidays and Seasons - Christmas, Halloween, 4th Of July, Easter, Thanksgiving.

The only way to see for yourself is to visit their website at http://www.photos-public-domain.com/.


Quick Guide On Where To Find Various Images

Depending on the topic of your hub, blog post or website, you may not find certain images on some of the websites listed above. This table will tell you where you can get some great photos varying by topic.

TopicBest Places To FindAmount

Architecture

Freedigitalphotos.net

There are many subcategories of this topic including offices, skyscrapers, interior design, bridges, religous buildings and many more.

Business

Freedigitalphotos.net, Pixabay and some on Morguefile

Freedigitalphotos.net and Pixabay includes charts, agriculture, business people, finance, property, retail and communications images. Wikimedia Commons has some nice finance and business pictures. Morguefile includes business, a lot on finance and many more images.

Food and Drink

All sites

All three sites have an extensive range of food and drink photos, ranging from fruit to vegetables to breads to drinks to sweets, you name it. Pixabay has the most impressive archive of food and drink photos.

Science and Technology

Freedigitalphotos.net, Pixabay and Wikimedia Commons

Freedigitalphotos.net has a huge and super technological range of tech photos from phones to electronics to websites and internet etc plus many science and laboratory images. Pixabay has some great tech images also. For hardware devices such as iPhones etc, try Wikimedia Commons.

Nature

Pixabay, Morgue file, Wikimedia Commons and Freedigitalphotos.net

All four sites have stunning landscape and nature photographs. You will have plenty of choice in this department on all websites!

Health and Medicine

Freedigitalphotos.net, Morguefile, Pixabay

Freedigitalphotos.net have a good selection of medicine and health photos including the human body, medical equipment, smoking and many more. Pixabay have a wonderful selection of 'health' orientated images.

Sports

Pixabay, Freedigitalphotos.net, Wikimedia Commons and Morguefile

Morgue file have some stellar sports images, you should check those out. FDP have hundreds of sports images varying by subtopic. Pixabay also have some cool sports photos too.

Animals

All sites

Very good variety of images on all sites from the domestic to the exotic. Wikimedia Commons have some great closeup shots of many, many animals.

People

All sites

For 'people' images, try freedigitalphotos.net. Their massive selecction includes adults, children, groups, business people, doctors and many others.

Wikimedia Commons

This is my favourite place to go to for images because the images are fully licensed, free and are of a great quality. I will explain how you can use this gallery to get some great images for your own. I will take an example and will guide you through the process.

1. I want to write a geography hub, so I want to find some images on clouds. So, I will look up 'clouds' in Wikipedia.

2. I am then brought to a page about clouds. There are some images in this article but I want to see the full range of images that is in the Wikimedia Commons archive.

3. Go down to the very end of the page and select 'Media From Commons'. Sometimes it may say 'Wikimedia Commons' and might not be at the very end of the page but it should be near the very bottom.

4. Select that and you will be brought to the Wikimedia Commons search results for the name of the term you put in to the Wikipedia search bar. As you can see, the term 'clouds' is divided into many subcategories. I will then select a subcategory and then an image. I will select the image again and copy its URL. Find the photographer and licence and attribute the image.

But, beware:

Wikimedia Commons may appear to have its licences properly attributed to its owners but because of the flow of images that are constantly being uploaded onto Commons, some photos may escape moderation. They may have absurd licences which clearly should not be re-used.

A good example is when I saw Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side Of The Moon" album cover (the one with the prism) on Wikimedia Commons and clearly Pink Floyd have the rights to it and no one else. When I checked the licence, it was CC-AS, so judging by the licence, it was mine to take if I attributed. That was clearly wrong since it has been uploaded by another user (not Pink Floyd or their artwork designers) who simply copied the picture and gave it their own licence.

In short, always remember to check whether the licences are credible or not. If you are certain that they are stolen images (from companies, bands etc), I would not suggest that you use them because you could still be in trouble. However, the majority of images on Commons are checked...just be on lookout.

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This is the Wikimedia Commons library of images for the term 'cloud'.

This is the Wikimedia Commons library of images for the term 'cloud'.

Thanks For Reading!

There are many more including Flickr Creative Commons and other websites. I will be adding to this list in the future. Feel free to comment and let me know on what you think of this hub, I will be delighted to answer you!

Thanks for reading!

Comments

IG from Abuja on September 19, 2020:

Insightful!!! I sure will tap from your hard work. Thank you so very much.

Dale Anderson from The High Seas on May 24, 2019:

GREAT hub! I really appreciate you writing this, sharing your knowledge and letting the rest of us in on the tips and tricks. Keep writing!

Claudia Mathews on February 27, 2015:

Such great information that's going to come in very handy. This is a Hub I may have to come back to again and again. Thanks so much for sharing this information.

Marilyn L Davis from Georgia on February 15, 2015:

Good afternoon, Susan; nicely done, well presented. I like Pixabay better than Morguefile. Keywords in Morguefile are limited to one word, so you get a lot of photos/images that are not necessarily germane to the topic. You've covered more than I was aware of, and will be checking some of them out. Again, thanks. ~Marilyn

Yoleen Lucas from Big Island of Hawaii on February 15, 2015:

Wikimedia commons seems to have the most pictures.

Susan W (author) from The British Isles, Europe on January 29, 2015:

Anika Diaries - Thanks for the great comments!

Anika Diaries on January 29, 2015:

These could be useful as sometimes it's not possible to click a picture which directly relates to the hub. Will definitely try these and mention which one was most useful to me. Thanks.

Susan W (author) from The British Isles, Europe on January 05, 2015:

Thanks peachpurple! I'm glad you found this useful. Looking forward to seeing more great pics in your hubs! :-)

peachy from Home Sweet Home on January 05, 2015:

thanks, i had bookmarked all those sites you had mentioned

Susan W (author) from The British Isles, Europe on July 16, 2014:

John - So glad to hear that you have found this hub to be useful for finding images. Sometimes, we writers don't have the ideal image for our hubs so the best place to go is to one of the websites mentioned above. They are professional and free. What a great service! Thanks for the bookmark and for the great comments.

John from New Brunswick, Canada on July 10, 2014:

This is another really useful resource hub. I've bookmarked this as well. I mostly use my own images but this will supplement when I have the urge to write things where I haven't got the needed images myself.

Akhil Dev from India on May 13, 2014:

A big thanks to you Susan.. I should probably swap all those images... I ve even started some photo galleries in which I haven't given any attributes... Oh.. lots of work to do.. :(

Susan W (author) from The British Isles, Europe on May 13, 2014:

Well, it isn't a huge issue because the photographer will have to come and report you, the chances of them reaching your hubs are slim. I would suggest searching for images on Google with advanced search, and from free licence websites as well as Wikipedia. Try swapping the images of 5 of your hubs every week to ones with images that you are allowed to use, because the images that you have now could get you into trouble with the photographer (copyright issues, etc). To avoid that, learn to attribute images correctly and avoid just using Google Images. Read the hub in the link below with all the facts you need. Hope that helps!

https://hubpageshelp.com/content/Learning-Center-l

Akhil Dev from India on May 12, 2014:

Oh.. that's sort of sad news coz i ve used google images all along my hubs.. What kind of trouble do you mean? If someone report a complaint against me, what will happen? Thank you for your reply.. I will surely check out 'Advanced Search'

Susan W (author) from The British Isles, Europe on May 12, 2014:

Akhildev - Good question! Using pictures from Google Images isn't recommended because the pictures that you use may have a licence that does not permit you to use that image. This infringes the copyright of the photographer and could get you into trouble. To avoid this, I suggest that you use images from the sites above. If you really want to use Google Images, select the "Advanced Search" button on Google Images (once you searched for something) and you can select the licence that allows you to reuse images. That way, you will get images from Google Images that allow you to use the image again (with attribution).

Akhil Dev from India on May 11, 2014:

What will happen if we use pictures from google images?

Susan W (author) from The British Isles, Europe on May 11, 2014:

Larry - Thank you for the wonderful comments, I am glad that you found this to be helpful. Finding the right images is very hard, but with the right websites, there are literally hundreds of thousands of images available out there. The only thing is that we need to be able to know where they are. Good luck on your photo search!

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on May 10, 2014:

Very helpful. The more places I have to look, the more likely I will find the right pic. Thank you.

Susan W (author) from The British Isles, Europe on April 22, 2014:

I was never a volunteer on Wikipedia so I don't really have a clue about how they are moderated but you are right, there must be a very long backlog. I bet there are hundreds if not thousands of photos each day and checking each photo's licence and so on must be painstaking work. I commend Wikipedia's volunteers for their hard work! Thanks for pointing that out, Marisa!

Kate Swanson from Sydney on April 21, 2014:

Susi, the moderators are all volunteers so there's no way we can moderate them as they are uploaded - there's always a long backlog!

Susan W (author) from The British Isles, Europe on April 21, 2014:

Marisa - You are completely right and what a good idea! I will make the change to reflect what both you and I mentioned on Wikimedia Commons licence. I always thought that their images were being moderated as they were uploaded but some images can get through with no moderation and end up with licences that are not allowed. Thank you for pointing that out, your help is invaluable. :)

Kate Swanson from Sydney on April 20, 2014:

Susi, that's a perfect example of what can happen on Wikimedia Commons. Dare I make a suggestion to update your Hub to reflect that? Not everyone will read all the comments when they visit!

Susan W (author) from The British Isles, Europe on March 26, 2014:

Hi Marisa,

Thank you for reading this and for the informative comment. Yes, I know, we always have to check the licence of the picture, most of the pictures are Public Domain, some are CC-AS and there are other licences too. I never knew that photos could be uploaded from another site and be given a licence then, by Wikimedia Commons. I thought that once the image is on Wikimedia Commons and it has a valid licence, we can use it but I guess not. I will always check to see where the image came from and if it is legally allowed to have that licence.

In fact, I saw "The Dark Side Of The Moon" album cover on Wikimedia Commons and clearly Pink Floyd have the rights to it and no one else. When I checked the licence, it was CC-AS, so it was mine to take if I attributed. That was clearly wrong since it has been uploaded by another user (not Pink Floyd or their artwork designers).

I will keep your tips in mind in the future, thanks again!

Kate Swanson from Sydney on March 24, 2014:

I would just add, if you're going to use Wikimedia Commons then please be careful to follow the licence instructions - and if it cites another site, please go to that site and make sure the photo really is available for use.

Wikimedia is moderated by volunteers and it's hard to keep up with the flow of new photos being added every day. It's not unusual for people to add photos they have no right to, especially from Flickr, so it's always important to check.

Susan W (author) from The British Isles, Europe on February 10, 2014:

Hi Keeley,

It is nice to see you, thank you for commenting and for reading this. Glad you liked it, :). When I began here, I had no clue whatsoever on where to get good pictures. Over time, I have found some great places and included them in this hub. If I find any more, I will update this.

Keeley Shea from Norwich, CT on February 09, 2014:

This is a wonderful and detailed article on where to get digital photos to use in your hubs. Thank you so much. I have been using freedigitalphotos.net but now that I know there are others I will check them out!

Susan W (author) from The British Isles, Europe on December 30, 2013:

Hi Carolyn,

Thanks for the lovely comment, for bookmarking it and for dropping by. Yes you are right, I did miss the Library of Congress, I will add them in soon. Thanks for that! I will also add in Project Gutenburg too for folklore images.

Carolyn Emerick on December 29, 2013:

I actually bookmarked this! Thank you! I rely mainly on Wikimedia Commons. Also since I write on folklore, I have searched through the old books on Project Gutenburg and found really wonderful illustrations there. But that is obviously really time consuming and not something everyone wants to do, nor would everyone find images for their own topics there. So anyway, thanks again. PS - I think you missed the Library of Congress. They have an image bank too :-)

Susan W (author) from The British Isles, Europe on December 22, 2013:

Hi Tom!

I'm so glad that you found this hub to be interesting and that it inspired you, I can't tell you how happy I am. Thank you so much for your wonderful comments! Yes, sometimes we get inspiration from beautiful pictures, there really are some amazing free pictures out there.

Thanks again and looking forward to your hubs in the future!

Tom Mukasa from Lives in USA on December 06, 2013:

I came back again to look at the gems.I specifically like the way you put it, "Let's face it, having stunning pictures on your hubs, blog or website makes your articles much better. Pictures add a splash of colour and life to your hubs and could keep visitors for longer. The problem is not finding pictures but finding properly licensed pictures which you are free to use, with attribution are hard to find as most pictures cannot be used again, they are fully licensed to the photography. It depends what kind of hub you have written but some pictures are easy to find and some aren't."

I have taken my time off from writing and went photo-searching as opposed to photo-shopping. I have amassed many pictures that will help me write what I feel will be good write ups. You inspired me.

Thank you.

The Examiner-1 on December 06, 2013:

susi10,

I agree. Wikimedia C. has had practically everything that I have needed when I searched. If it did not show the first time then I simply tried different 'keywords' several times or went to Wikipedia. If I still could not find it, or the ones which I found were under license, then I tried elsewhere.

Kevin

Susan W (author) from The British Isles, Europe on December 06, 2013:

Hi The Examiner!

Thanks so much for commenting on this, yes Morguefile may not contain very specific photos that you may be looking for but in general, it is quite good for nature etc. Freedigitalphotos and Pixabay have more object-orientated photos and so does Wikimedia Commons. Wikimedia C. is my favourite because it contains every kind of image you need.

The Examiner-1 on November 30, 2013:

This Hub was very informative and helpful. I have tried Morguefile but I did not find a very big variety for the photos of which I was looking. I had not heard of Pixabay and Freedigitalphotos so I will check them out.

I use Wikimedia Commons 80-90% of the time and since I also use Wikipedia I am clicking their photos every time and I often see "came from Wikimedia Commons".

Archbob on November 22, 2013:

Hi,

Also check out http://www.goodfreephotos.com , especially for landscape and travel photos across the United States, all public domain

Susan W (author) from The British Isles, Europe on November 21, 2013:

Hi mythbuster!

Thanks for visiting this hub. I hope you have learned some new websites where you can go for more free images.

Susan W (author) from The British Isles, Europe on November 21, 2013:

Hey Jodah!

Nice to see you, thanks for commenting. Yes, these sites will be extremely handy for you when making and formatting hubs. A vibrant image at the start can attract a lot of readers so its handy to know where to get fab pictures. Good luck with your picture searching!

Susan W (author) from The British Isles, Europe on November 21, 2013:

Hi CandyTale!

Thanks so much for commenting and letting me know on what you think of this hub, I always appreciate your great comments! Yes, sometimes it's nice to use stunning pictures in your hubs with the right licence, if you don't have a picture of a certain topic. Thanks again!

mythbuster from Utopia, Oz, You Decide on November 10, 2013:

Thank you for explaining many details of using images on the net. It's nice to see one article that shows benefits and comparisons of various free image use sites and some site navigation/use tips, too.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on November 09, 2013:

This hub is such an invaluable tool for me. Wikipedia commons was the only one of these sites I had heard of previously. I'm off to check out the others now. thanks for sharing this info susi10.

Gabriela Hdez from Valencia, Spain on November 06, 2013:

Thanks,

You included some sites I didn't know about. Although I try to use my own pictures as much as possible, everyone needs one good picture with the right license from time to time.

Susan W (author) from The British Isles, Europe on November 04, 2013:

Hi Tom!

Thanks for reading this, Tom. You sure are right, pictures really do speak a thousand words. They are so effective when writing hubs and a good cover photo can even boost Pinterest traffic.

Tom Mukasa from Lives in USA on November 04, 2013:

Thanks. Pictures speak a thousand words.

Susan W (author) from The British Isles, Europe on November 02, 2013:

Hi Audrey,

Thank you so much for commenting, I'm thrilled that you found this hub useful. I'm sure you have some other websites to get more images, Morguefile has some stunning images, I use Morguefile a lot too. For stunning and professional images, I always choose Morguefile. Thanks for pinning, Audrey and it's a pleasure to meet you too!

Audrey Selig from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on November 01, 2013:

Hi susi. What a great article about free photography. I use Morguefile most of the time. You presented this well organized material in an easy format. Free photography sometimes mystifies hubbers, so thanks for sharing. Pinning. Blessings. Audrey. It is a pleasure to meet you.

Susan W (author) from The British Isles, Europe on November 01, 2013:

Hi Maggs!

Thanks so much for commenting, I really appreciate it! I am glad that you have found use of this hub and you have some good websites for fab photos. Thanks for voting up and for leaving your feedback!

maggs224 from Sunny Spain on November 01, 2013:

An excellent Hub full of useful information, and so useful I will be voting up and hitting the relevant buttons on my way out :D

Susan W (author) from The British Isles, Europe on October 15, 2013:

Hi rajan jolly!

Thanks for visiting. Yes, Freedigitalphotos and Wikimedia Commons are fantastic sources for images. You should try Pixabay too. Adding images is perfect for enhancing the quality of a hub.

Susan W (author) from The British Isles, Europe on October 15, 2013:

Hi Writer Fox!

Thanks for commenting, I am glad that you found the websites useful, images are excellent in improving the quality of a hub, blog or website. Thank you for the vote up, I appreciate it!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 14, 2013:

A very useful list and I use wiki commons, freedigitalphotos and flickr for my search for photos that I can use legally.

Writer Fox from the wadi near the little river on October 13, 2013:

This is a great list of images sites and should help many people find photos they need for websites. Voted up!

Susan W (author) from The British Isles, Europe on October 11, 2013:

Thanks for commenting and letting me know you found this useful, I am delighted! Good luck with Pixabay in the future, you should find some excellent photographs. (Well done on your 5 Editor's Choice Accolade by the way, well done!)

CraftytotheCore on October 10, 2013:

Another awesome Hub! I haven't tried pixabay. Thank you for such great advice!

Susan W (author) from The British Isles, Europe on October 09, 2013:

Hi Peg!

I really would like to thank you for visiting, I'm so happy that you commented! Yes, using your own photos are the best, they are original and you can control the way you want them to look. Photobucket is new to me, I heard of it but I never used it, thanks for the suggestion! I'll add this to the list also.

Susan W (author) from The British Isles, Europe on October 09, 2013:

Hi smartprincess,

Thanks so much for commenting and letting me know on what you think of this hub. It's fantastic that you now know some extra websites for photographs. Flickr is also a great source of photos, I'll add Flickr to this list later on.

smartprincess from Nairobi, Kenya on October 06, 2013:

Thank you so much for this information. I desperately needed this as I only use flickr. You have provided me with more options.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on October 04, 2013:

These are great sources and your explanation of how to obtain the photos are wonderful. I've been using mostly my own photos and some from Photobucket but like Flourish, sometimes there are none that suit my topic. This list gives me lots more in the way of options. Thank you.

Susan W (author) from The British Isles, Europe on September 30, 2013:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

Thank you for reading this, I really appreciate your visit. Yes I completely agree, sometimes if you don't have the images, you won't write the hub. I'm glad that you learned of one new site, its great to share information with other Hubbers!

Thanks for the comment, FlourishAnyway!

Susan W (author) from The British Isles, Europe on September 30, 2013:

Hi Poetic!

Thank you for reading this, it's great to see that you got some new websites, have fun getting cool images for your next few hubs! Yeah, sometimes websites don't have images that you want, it's so frustrating. At least there are other websites to choose from.

See you around, PoeticP!

Susan W (author) from The British Isles, Europe on September 30, 2013:

Hi Say Yes To Life!

Thanks for dropping by to read this, I'm delighted that you now know some more sites. There are countless more, but the ones I've listed have the most variety and are free to use. Superb images can greatly enhance a hub's quality. Yes, it is possible to get public domain images from Google, thanks for saying that. I might add that to this hub too.

It's great to see you, and thanks again for commenting!

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 28, 2013:

This is very useful. I have used several of the sites you mention but learned of one new one, so thank you! Not having certain photos has even prevented me from writing me on a given subject. Images are so important.

PoeticPhilosophy from Canada on September 27, 2013:

Great hub Susi! I never knew of all these sites, glad you made a hub on them :). I've only been using 1 website and sometimes they don't have all the photos I want so I now have more options thanks to you, haha thanks.

Yoleen Lucas from Big Island of Hawaii on September 27, 2013:

Thanks so much for writing this! I use my own images, and I also google "public domain imagges" and list the credit. Your hub has given me a lot more variety!