I subscribe to Problogger’s newsletter and recently it came with these helpful tips on where to get images.
I begin by doing an advanced search on Flickr, making sure to check the box that says “Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content.” Then, once I’ve found an image I’m interested in, I click the “Some rights reserved” link (if it says “All rights reserved,” it not available via Creative Commons) under “More information” in the lower right corner of the page to learn more about the licensing for that photo.
Flickr is a great resource but certainly isn’t your only option for free-high quality images for your posts. Here are a few other options:
– Use the advanced option of Google Image Search. Select the correct option under “Usage Rights.”
– Wikimedia Commons is another amazing resource with more than six million images to choose from.
– If you’re ever in need of space or astronomy-related images, you can’t do better than NASA Images, which allows you to use any image (as long as it doesn’t imply that NASA endorses a particular product) simply by including a credit that says, “NASA/courtesy nasaimages.org.”
– Stock.xchng, now owned by Getty Images, has 350,000 free stock photos. There are also a few other sites where you can find images free of charge, including MorgueFile, EveryStockPhoto, and FreerangeStock.
– The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a sizable library of nature-related digital media, all available free of charge.
– Use your own photos. With a decent camera and a bit of practice (along with some tips from photography blogs like Darren’s Digital Photography School), you can save yourself the time it’ll take to hunt down photos taken by others and get the satisfaction of creating even more original content for your blog.
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