7 responses to “Dear WordCount: Where can I find pictures for blog posts?”

  1. Debbie Swanson

    A huge thank you, Michelle! This is quite helpful, add this to the many great tips I’ve learned from your site!

  2. Alison

    Hi Michelle – I can’t remember if I mentioned this during the blogathon, but i get a lot of my pics from RGBstock.com. They are all free, and it’s my go-to besides creative commons. 🙂 Happy Friday!

  3. Mark

    I would like to add a location. I use it often. It’s http://www.sxc.hu/

  4. Anjuli

    Thank you for these great suggestions. I had vaguely heard of creative commons before- so it will be good for me to go and check it out (now that you have explained it a bit more).

  5. Kerry Dexter

    I am a photographer as well as a writer, so use my own shots for my blog. at times when I am writing posts for other sites, though, it makes more sense either from a subject matter or rights standpoint to look elsewhere, so thanks for these ideas.

    care to offer suggestions for those of us who use our own photos and are not making them freely available to others to use? thus far I include a copyright notice in the html tag, and usually a line which says ‘these photographs are copyrighted. thank you for respecting this.’

  6. Skye

    Hi Michelle,

    Good post, thanks for raising this issue. Here are some other resources, where I often find extremely high quality images that are just as good as stock image sites, if not better:

    * Flickr’s Advanced Search (http://www.flickr.com/search/advanced) lets you search only within photos with Creative Commons licenses. This means that the photographers have given permission for others to use their work, often requiring only a credit and a link back. The option “Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content” needs to be checked off at the bottom of the page before clicking “Search.”
    * Wylio (http://wylio.com/) is a service that searches only Creative Commons licensed images on Flickr and provides embed codes. They make it easy to adjust the size of the image, which is nice.
    * Wikimedia Commons (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page) is a collection of freely usable media files and includes photos.
    * As mentioned above, stock.xchng (http://www.sxc.hu/) allows photographers to upload their photos for use by others. Usually the only restriction is that you need to rate the image and leave a comment and let the owner know what you did with it. Check each photo’s “availability” notes for details. If you create an account, you can even set up “lightboxes” that let you save images for later.
    * FreeDigitalPhotos.net (http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/) requires attribution and a link back.