Susan has written four internet marketing books, and also does SEO for both global and small companies.
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!
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.
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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 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.
Photos Public Domain Images
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/.
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There are many subcategories of this topic including offices, skyscrapers, interior design, bridges, religous buildings and many more.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
For 'people' images, try freedigitalphotos.net. Their massive selecction includes adults, children, groups, business people, doctors and many others.
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.
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.
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!
Rustic I C U 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!
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!