Free photos: Are you looking for beautiful and professional-quality images to use on your blog, to improve the glance of the articles, but do not want to take the risk of using copyrighted photos without permission?
One possible solution to the problem could be the purchase of images online, but I think you like the idea of downloading more free photos from the Internet and use them in your projects in a completely legal way, right? Well, know it’s possible.
All you have to do is open a new tab in your browser and visit one of the sites that I am about to report to you. These are online photo sharing and search services that allow you to find images distributed under a Creative Commons license to download and use for free on blogs and in other projects, including commercial ones.
Flickr is one of the online services dedicated to the most used photos in the world and inside you can find many free photos distributed under a Creative Commons license. You just need to know how to look for them and carefully read their conditions of use, because not all of them are available for commercial purposes and not all of them can be changed.
If you want to find images freely usable even in commercial projects, linked to the page for advanced Flickr search, scroll all the way down and put the check mark next to the items Search only within Creative Commons licensed content, Find content to use commercially is Find content to edit, adapt or take inspiration from.
At this point, go back to the top of the page, type the search terms for your photos and press the button Submit on the PC keyboard. Time a few moments and the list of all the free images that contain the words you searched for in the title, description or tags will open. I recommend using keywords in English to find as many photos as possible.
To view a full size image, select its thumbnail, then right click on its enlarged version and choose the item Original from the box that appears. To read all the details relating to the Creative Commons license with which the photo is distributed, click on the link instead Some rights reserved located at the bottom right.
Staying on the subject of free photos, I recommend that you also bookmark the search page of the CreativeCommons.org site which allows you to find images distributed under a Creative Commons license on various services, such as the aforementioned Flickr, Google Images, Fotopedia, Pixabay and Open Clip Art Library (on the latter there are drawings and not real photos).
Explaining how it works is almost superfluous. All you have to do is select the site on which you want to find the photos, type the search terms in the bar located at the top of the page and press the button Submit on the PC keyboard to display the list of available images.
If you are not interested in finding photos that are freely editable or can also be used for commercial projects, remove the check from the items modify, adapt or use as a starting point is use for commercial purposes located at the top right.
Another service that I recommend you try is GettyImages. It is a hugely popular store of images which, for some months now, has been offering a large number of free photos that can be used freely in non-profit projects (therefore in sites without advertising inside them). However, the images in question cannot be downloaded directly to the PC. They must be incorporated on external sites via an HTML code provided by the portal, a bit like YouTube videos.
To find a photo on GettyImages, connected to the site, type the search terms in the search bar located at the top right and click on the button Search for. Then place the mouse cursor on the thumbnail of the image you want to embed on your blog (so that the box with all the info on the photo appears) and click on the icon </> to get the HTML code to use. Images that do not have this icon next to their thumbnail cannot be used.