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What Are Some Websites I Can Go To Use Photos Legally?

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407 posts
Member since May 28, 2012

I want to inbed some photos into my articles and I want to know what the best websites are for this and how I can do this legally.

819 posts
Member since Apr 23, 2012

I am using FreeDigitalPhotos.net. As long as you specify the source, you can use their pictures (the small ones). 

328 posts
Member since Feb 17, 2012

Here is a pretty extensive list of websites by Wikipedia with royalty-free images for legal use on InfoBarrel. I would still check terms and conditions though on each (although I am pretty paranoid over stuff like this).

397 posts
Member since Apr 13, 2011

http://www.sxc.hu/  and http://www.morguefile.com/ are free sites.  You still have to read the information on terms from each picture as these are individual contributors. Some contributors and some sites want attribution when you use them. I always click on the contributor as well, sometimes there are requests for an email with a link when you use a picture.

Can I give you a bit of advice? For every picture I downloaded, I created a table document, described it, added the link, type of terms, contributor names, special requests, like email contributor, when and where I used it.

The one important thing I did not do was print that document or keep the pictures and the document on a CD. When my old computer went down, I lost all those pictures and information. Next time that won't happen.

407 posts
Member since May 28, 2012
Economist said:

Here is a pretty extensive list of websites by Wikipedia with royalty-free images for legal use on InfoBarrel. I would still check terms and conditions though on each (although I am pretty paranoid over stuff like this).

Economist,I just researched Wikipedia and thank you so much!There seemed to be a ton of pictures on it that I can use and I will be definintely be using some of them and thanks again!

1,314 posts
Member since Mar 13, 2010

Hello and Welcome to IB.


I understand that there are free to use pictures on the web but I will suggest making yourself get use to taking your own pictures and uploading them to the web.  At least learn how to upload them to Facebook then save it to your computer to use in your articles.

I use to use pictures from the web then I spent hours taking many down in the fear of using non free pics.  I don't take the best pics  but I never have to worry about copyright.

Just a heads up from someone who has learned along the way.

407 posts
Member since May 28, 2012
SilverandGold said:

http://www.sxc.hu/  and http://www.morguefile.com/ are free sites.  You still have to read the information on terms from each picture as these are individual contributors. Some contributors and some sites want attribution when you use them. I always click on the contributor as well, sometimes there are requests for an email with a link when you use a picture.

Can I give you a bit of advice? For every picture I downloaded, I created a table document, described it, added the link, type of terms, contributor names, special requests, like email contributor, when and where I used it.

The one important thing I did not do was print that document or keep the pictures and the document on a CD. When my old computer went down, I lost all those pictures and information. Next time that won't happen.


Silver and Gold,thank you for your wonderful links and I just researched them and I found some pictures that I can definintely use in my articles and thank you again!

407 posts
Member since May 28, 2012
homebaseincome said:

Hello and Welcome to IB.


I understand that there are free to use pictures on the web but I will suggest making yourself get use to taking your own pictures and uploading them to the web.  At least learn how to upload them to Facebook then save it to your computer to use in your articles.

I use to use pictures from the web then I spent hours taking many down in the fear of using non free pics.  I don't take the best pics  but I never have to worry about copyright.

Just a heads up from someone who has learned along the way.


Homebaseincome,thank you for your sound advice and I will start to upload my own pictures and you are right;I would not have to worry about copyright and thank you for giving me a heads up.

2,217 posts
Member since Jun 23, 2010

I love art.com, you just have to link back to art.com through the pic. You can download the pic and just link it manually. It is an affiliate link but don't expect to earn anything from it.

Microsoft give you thousands of images at http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/images/??lc=en-us All are copyright free. You need to install Microsoft Silverlight (FREE) to use al the images

344 posts
Member since Mar 26, 2011
SilverandGold said:

http://www.sxc.hu/  and http://www.morguefile.com/ are free sites.  You still have to read the information on terms from each picture as these are individual contributors. Some contributors and some sites want attribution when you use them. I always click on the contributor as well, sometimes there are requests for an email with a link when you use a picture.

Can I give you a bit of advice? For every picture I downloaded, I created a table document, described it, added the link, type of terms, contributor names, special requests, like email contributor, when and where I used it.

The one important thing I did not do was print that document or keep the pictures and the document on a CD. When my old computer went down, I lost all those pictures and information. Next time that won't happen.

Big fan of sxc.hu! I am creating a Dutch flower website, works like a charm ;)

407 posts
Member since May 28, 2012
adragast said:

I am using FreeDigitalPhotos.net. As long as you specify the source, you can use their pictures (the small ones). 


Adragast,I researched this website last night and I found a lot of pictures that I can use and thank you for the heads up!

2,575 posts
Member since Aug 31, 2009

Wikipedia! Most photos are available to the public, but be sure to click on the image first to be sure. Not all are, but most of them are.

407 posts
Member since May 28, 2012
adragast said:

I am using FreeDigitalPhotos.net. As long as you specify the source, you can use their pictures (the small ones). 


I checked out this website and it was very helpful adragast and thank you for sharing your knowledge!

407 posts
Member since May 28, 2012
Philtrate said:

I love art.com, you just have to link back to art.com through the pic. You can download the pic and just link it manually. It is an affiliate link but don't expect to earn anything from it.

Microsoft give you thousands of images at http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/images/??lc=en-us All are copyright free. You need to install Microsoft Silverlight (FREE) to use al the images

Thank you philtrate for this great information!

407 posts
Member since May 28, 2012
godfather25 said:

Wikipedia! Most photos are available to the public, but be sure to click on the image first to be sure. Not all are, but most of them are.


Godfather25,I browsed through some of the Wikipedia photos and they were very impressive and thank you for sharing your knowledge!

1,982 posts
Member since Apr 13, 2011

Also, US Government images are often public domain. Specifically, images produced by Federal employees as part of their job.

2,677 posts
Member since Jan 13, 2010
Philtrate said:

I love art.com, you just have to link back to art.com through the pic. You can download the pic and just link it manually. It is an affiliate link but don't expect to earn anything from it.

Microsoft give you thousands of images at http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/images/??lc=en-us All are copyright free. You need to install Microsoft Silverlight (FREE) to use al the images

I never knew about that one, Phil!  Thank you!

1,414 posts
Member since Jan 7, 2010

Thank you Phil!

1,414 posts
Member since Jan 7, 2010

Thank you Phil!

407 posts
Member since May 28, 2012
egdcltd said:

Also, US Government images are often public domain. Specifically, images produced by Federal employees as part of their job.


Thank you egdcltd!

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