Kate Swanson wrote her first novel at 15, created her first blog in 2006 and has been writing for profit and creating websites ever since.
Part Writer, Part Editor, Part Graphic Designer
When you write online, you're not just a writer—you're also an editor and graphic designer for your articles. You will keep your reader engaged for longer if you give them images and videos to watch and your fascinating prose!
However, if you want to avoid a costly lawsuit, you need to ensure you're using images and photos legally.
The Easy Solution
Where to Find Free Creative Commons Photos
In this article, I'm going to explain how to properly choose and attribute photos so you can use them safely—but if you'd rather not have to deal with all that, there is an easier way. There are some websites that offer photos that are free to use without any strings attached. The popular ones are:
Simply find the photo you want, download it, and upload it to your site. If you are feeling generous, you can provide a link back to the site (just follow their instructions), but it's not legally required.
If you can't find suitable photos on those sites, Google "free photo sites" for more - but be careful! Some sites LOOK like free photo websites, but they're not.
Royalty-free Stock Photos
Royalty-free photos are NOT free! The old way of selling photos was to charge a fee for every use - so if you were printing 5,000 brochures, for instance, you'd pay a royalty for every single brochure. That's not practical for websites, so most photographs are now sold for an upfront fee instead of royalties. Such photos are called "royalty-free," but you do have to pay that upfront fee if you want to use them, so they're not free.
Social Sharing Websites
It's not legal to use photos from Pinterest, Photobucket, or other similar sites. Members there are often sharing photos they don't own! They may get away with it because they're just sharing, but when you put it on a website where you want to make money, it becomes commercial, and the copyright owners may come after you. If you think you've found a free photo site, take a look at their terms & conditions or About pages and make sure they explicitly say the photos are legal to re-use commercially.
You can search on Google for images, but Google does not guarantee that the images are free to use. Their search is far from perfect and often brings up photos that aren't free at all! If you see a photo you like on Google Image Search, you must click "Visit Page" to look at the original site and check if the image is genuinely available for re-use.
Understanding a Photo's Copyrights
If you want to use a photo that's on any other website, it's not enough to link to the website you got it from. You have to be sure it's not under copyright because if it is, you cannot use it legally, and you could be sued for thousands of dollars if you do.
Copyright law is complex, but the basic rule for images is very simple:
ALL images and photos on ALL websites are copyright, UNLESS the website has a statement that says otherwise.
What if There's No Watermark?
Some people think they can use any photo, provided it's not watermarked. That's incorrect.
A watermark doesn't mean copyright. Watermarked images are samples of photos being offered for sale: it's a way for the photographer to protect the image until you've paid for it.
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I'm sure you've heard of magazines paying thousands for an exclusive photo of a celebrity baby, and you know that other magazines would be sued if they published it - and yet you won't find a watermark or copyright symbol on any photo in the New York Times or Vogue, will you? Publications don't want marks spoiling the image, so it's the rule that a photo is automatically copyrighted with no need for a symbol. That's the way it has always worked in newspapers and magazines - and that tradition has transferred to the internet.
Repeat: ALL images and photos on ALL websites are copyright, UNLESS the website says otherwise
If a photo is available for you to use, there will always be a statement somewhere on the website saying so. It may be on the same page as the photo, or you may have to delve into the site's Terms & Conditions or About pages to find it. If you can't find anything, the images are copyrighted, and you can't use them.
If the photos are marked "public domain", you can use them freely without saying where you got them - but most photos and images are released under some kind of license, which has conditions attached - the most common requirement being that you must provide a photo credit.
The Photographer, Not the Site
A photo credit is NOT about telling the reader where to find the photo. It's about acknowledging the photographer. So it's not enough to say you got the photo on Flickr or Wikimedia - that would be like someone quoting your Hub, then giving the credit to HubPages instead of you!
Crediting the Photographer
There is no single "right" way to provide photo credit. One place you can't put it is in the caption - because the caption can't be a link. Since you're using their photo, you must give the photographer a backlink. As an online writer, you understand the value of backlinks, don't you?
This article is written mainly for members of HubPages, so here are the instructions for providing a photo credit on a Hub:
There are two possible places to put the link:
- by pasting the URL in the "Source" field in the photo capsule itself. Put the photographer's name in the "Name" field. You'll see an example in the first photo.
- if you have several photos by the same photographers, or if the license requires you to include a lot of information, you can put the credit at the end of your Hub and put "see Photo Credit" in the photo capsule. Ideally, you should link that to the Photo Credit capsule (see below for instructions) - but it's not essential.
It's always neater to use the photographer's name to create a proper hyperlink instead of simply pasting the URL.
Wikimedia - Not Public Domain
Many people assume that images on Wikipedia and Wikimedia are public domain. Some are, but most are not - they're subject to licenses like any other site. Most are usable with attribution, but it's up to you to provide the credit required.
Wikimedia Commons is a popular source for newbie writers because they think the images are fair game. They're not - you need to provide credit just as you'd do for any other site. Luckily, Wikimedia makes it easy by providing links you can click on and copy.
Find the photo you want, click on "more details", and you should see a list of links down the right-hand side of the photo.
Click on the "Use this file on the web" link to the right of the photo. In the box that comes up, the first line (Page URL) is the line that you paste into the Source URL. The third line (Attribution) is the one that you paste into the Name of Source. There's no need to add ANY of the other stuff about licences etc.
The Photo Credit Capsule
Some Creative Commons licences (and some photo websites) may require you to provide a lot of information, e.g., the type of licence, possibly a copyright notice, and sometimes a link to the website as well. The result looks cumbersome if you show it all in the photo capsule and distracts from your caption.
The good news is that a separate Photo Credits section will fulfil all your obligations: there's nothing to say you must put source links in the photo capsules.
HubPages doesn't provide a special Photo Credits capsule. You can use a Text or Links capsule instead. Place it at the end of your Hub. If you have a lot of photos, you may get a warning about too many links grouped together, but don't worry; it's allowed if the links are citing sources or crediting photos.
Even in your Credits capsule, you don't have to repeat all the required information for every photo if it's the same. For instance, if all your photos are from Flickr, you don't have to credit Flickr every time - just credit each photographer, then finish the capsule with "All photos from Flickr.com". Similarly, if all the photos are under the same licence, finish the capsule with "All photos provided under Creative Commons Licence 3.0" rather than stating it separately for each one.
Now all that's left is to refer your readers to the Credits capsule. That's easy - put "See Photo Credits below" in the Name field. If you're feeling clever, you can make that a link to the Photo Credits capsule itself!
There are some lovely pictures on free photo sites - but not if you're looking for something outside the mainstream. Whereas on Flickr, you'll find lots of quirky personal shots and plenty of photographs by professionals, too, on almost any subject you can think of. And Flickr photos are not only easy to use, but it also gives you a chance to interact with the photographers if you wish and even get more publicity for your Hub or blog.
How to Find "Legal" Free Photos on Flickr
You can't use just any old picture on Flickr. Some photos are "All Rights Reserved" (which means you can't use them at all), and others have restrictions on their use. To find the photos you can use on HubPages or your blog/website, you need to do an Advanced Search:
- Open the Flickr.com website.
- Leave the search box empty and click on "Search"
- On the next page, you should see "Advanced Search" under the "Search" button. Again, leave the search box blank and click on "Advanced Search". That will take you to the Advanced Search page.
Or, you can cheat and follow this link: http://www.flickr.com/search/advanced/?
All Rights Reserved?
Is the photo you want to use "All Rights Reserved"? If you really want it, don't give up. Message the photographer and ask their permission to use the photo. Explain how you're going to use it and offer to link to their website or page. You may be surprised how often they will say yes!
Now to do an Advanced Search:
- Enter a word or phrase to describe what you're looking for (in Ms Lizzy's case, probably "cats")
- Scroll all the way down and you'll see a section titled "Creative Commons". Tick "Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content" AND "Find content to use commercially".
Why commercial? Because if you're displaying ads on your Hub or blog, even if you're an amateur and just doing it for fun, it's still classed as commercial.
Now click the "Search" button, and voila, you should have a host of photographs to browse through. To look at a full-size photo, click on it. To go back to the gallery, use the "back" button in your browser.
Flickr Tip #1
When you create the photo credit, link to the photographer's photostream (his/her main Flickr page), not the individual photo. That way, even if the photographer removes the photo from Flickr, you don't get a broken link.
How to Upload a Photo From Flickr
When you see a photo you like in the gallery, click on it, and you'll go to the page where it's displayed full-size. Click the info button (small i in a circle in the right sidebar) to double-check the licence. If it doesn't say "all rights reserved", you're good to go.
- Click on the three dots icon in the right sidebar and select "Download/All Sizes".
- Click on the size you want - don't worry if you're not sure; you'll get a chance to change your mind later.
Now you can open the HubPages photo capsule, and upload the photo. Don't forget to add a caption and a photo credit!
Flickr Tip #2
There is one other way to thank the photographer - but it's an extra, not a substitute for the link on your Hub, which is compulsory.
If you sign up for Flickr, you can leave a comment on the photo page, thanking the photographer and telling him/her where you've used it. I've had some lovely conversations with photographers as a result and been offered more photographs not published on Flickr!
Another Option: Flickrstorm
There is another way to search for items on Flickr. It's a separate website called Flickrstorm.
All you have to do is click "advanced", enter your search term, select "for commercial use" in the drop-down box and click "search".
The advantage of Flickrstorm is that you can see a large version of the photos you like without leaving the gallery. Plus, it remembers the photos you've looked at. When you find one you want to use, click the "open on Flickr" link and follow the usual instructions to upload the photo.
The downside is that it returns only a limited number of photos. I used it a lot at one time but found that I was missing some great photos by not looking at the full search results available on Flickr itself.
If you're not technically minded, all this may sound fiddly at first - but as you get used to it, you'll find it gets faster and easier. Anyway, it's worth it to enrich your Hubs with some fabulous photos!
Note: If you have your own photos, bear in mind it's very likely they'll be stolen if you put them on HubPages. Consider putting them up for sale at a site like Dreamstime instead. You can always write a Hub or two to promote them.
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Thank you to the following photographers for the photos on this article, which are published under Creative Commons Licence 3.0:
- Recubejim for cat in loo
- Piez for cuddling cats
- Gattou/Lucie for the grey green-eyed cat
- Tambako for the black and white stalker
- Rodrigo Basuare for the tiger cat
All photos are from Flickr.com.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Naomi Starlight from Illinois on April 24, 2018:
Generally, images from anime and manga are fair use for the purposes of criticism. But if I'm using fan art I have to credit and get permission from the artist. When I'm writing about something that's not media (where a screen shot or movie poster would count as fair use) that's when I struggle.
Kathy Henderson from Pa on January 08, 2018:
Again great information. I was not aware and need to look at my hubs and make sure of compliance. Thank you
Noel Cabacungan from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on October 21, 2017:
Pixabay is the more popular one as the search function gives you more accurate image results. Unsplash is a bummer, I don't know how their search function works but some of the better images are not showing up (unless you go to the content uploader page).
VisualHunt has the best search function though most of their images requires you to link back to the original content page.
Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on October 17, 2017:
If you link to an Amazon product in your Hub, you are allowed to show an image of it. In many cases, if the Hub is a book review, there will be an Amazon capsule or link - so that makes it legal. You are covered by Amazon's right to use the cover art.
Wesley Stark from St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada on October 17, 2017:
I have a question that I am having a tough time answering. Namely, book cover art. Cover art is not public domain and is copyrighted so clearly I can't just go to my bookshelf and take a picture of it. Yet I see book covers on Hubpages all the time. How is this possible?
Graham Lee from Lancashire. England. on June 10, 2017:
Thank you so much for this most informative helpful hub. It is a goldmine of information so freely given and so well presented.
Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on January 02, 2017:
Welcome to HubPages and good luck!
Frances Metcalfe from The Limousin, France on January 01, 2017:
Excellent informative hub, clear and easy to follow. Have just published my first hub, another pending with own photos, but the next requires outside source pictures and I now have a much better idea of how to tackle this important area. Thank you so much! Will be pinned to start on the laptop for referral.
lex123 on December 17, 2016:
I am reading it for the second time. It is very useful to know the copyright rules of images to use on our hubs. I had forgotten flickr, which I had used before, and I must check it again. Thank you for this useful hub.
Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on November 15, 2016:
This hub has to be one of the most useful on hub pages. Thank you for this information. I've learned some important facts about using photos legally.
Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on November 14, 2016:
Baisil, did you read the Hub? The detailed instructions are all there for you to follow
Baisil on November 13, 2016:
The article is very helpful .I have some doubts
Do i need to make a account in Flickr for downloading and using the image ?
How to give credit and license on my hub article after the pic is uploaded ?
Sakina Nasir from Kuwait on November 13, 2016:
Great article Marisa! I have always been confused about using Flickr. Your hub will be a great help. Thanks for sharing this valuable information. God bless you! ☺
Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on October 26, 2016:
I originally wrote this article to explain photo use to a friend. She happened to love cats so I went looking for cat photos just for her - I'm so glad I did, as that photo of the cat in the loo is priceless!
Lorraine from Montreal on October 26, 2016:
Imagine getting up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and getting the shock of your life. I love the photo of the cat in the toilet-just great!!
Norma Lawrence from California on September 16, 2016:
Great article. I learned a lot. Thanks for the share.
Norma Lawrence from California on August 25, 2016:
Really learned a lot from this article. Thanks. The pictures were also great.
Diana from Kyiv on June 09, 2016:
Thank you for this informative hub :) For me, as for a newbie, it was helpful!
M G Del Baglivo on January 27, 2016:
Very informative, Marisa. I had just about given up on Flickr because I find it frustrating and confusing, but Wikimedia is limited in the selection. Thank you for helping me and others!
Dani Tabalipa from Germany on December 18, 2015:
Great Marisa, I was about to make a research on it today, but I think you covered everything!
Cee-Jay Aurinko from Cape Town, South Africa on December 16, 2015:
Very informative post Marissa. I'm glad I read it. My favorite part: "The Photographer, Not The Site." You know why. Haha.
poetryman6969 on February 01, 2015:
Some good advice on using photos. Thanks!
Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on January 31, 2015:
Marissa, thanks for answering my questions earlier this month. This was a great hub with useful advice. I haven't been to Flickr yet for photos, but I will give it a go next month.
peachy from Home Sweet Home on December 28, 2014:
it is hard to get my cat to take pictures, she will always go near the lens
Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on December 03, 2014:
@Blackspaniel, you don't need an account at Flickr to use their images.
Blackspaniel1 on December 03, 2014:
I have never used flickr. I do not have an account for there. My first choice is my own images, or those I know I have a right to use.
MarieLB from YAMBA NSW on December 01, 2014:
Hi Marisa, I made a sticky note on my screen to read this hub of yours, and finally I did! So glad. It is really useful, exceptionally so. Very good of you to share such useful tips. I have finally had my problem with credits solved for me, thanks. I have always thought it looks so bulky and unsophisticated. Your solution is excellent, thanks.
Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on November 30, 2014:
@vineliner, sorry, your comment was in the spam folder for no apparent reason. HubPages has now made the "source" box no follow which is great news.
Bartholomew Hearn on November 30, 2014:
Learned a lot. Very useful indeed. Thanks.
rahul from India on November 30, 2014:
You have given good choice to find legal photos for post,thank you very much
Sonali Mathur from Mumbai on November 19, 2014:
Nice detailed article..thanks to remind me about flikr again
Judy Filarecki from SW Arizona and Northern New York on November 10, 2014:
I love the cat pictures. Fortunately, I have a cat that loves things like curling up in the bathroom sink or climbing into the drier, so I have a pretty good source for my cat hubs.
Hal Gall from Bloomington, IN on October 20, 2014:
I use flickr and wikipedia a lot, but have found that flickr is slow most of the time, which causes a bit of frustration when using the browser "back" button to return to the search page. Instead, I will right click on an image I like and open it in another tab. That keeps the search page open and I can look through more choices without having to wait for flickr to reload.
You would not believe how many times I have found a better picture farther down on the search page!
I wish that HubPages would make the "source" box no-follow. Surely that would help out from an SEO perspective.
Lionrhod from Orlando, FL on October 19, 2014:
Super helpful! Thanks so much!
Kathy McGraw from California on September 19, 2014:
This was quite useful to me as I like the way you put all your CC image credits in one spot, with the license number. I used to just do it with a list of links I made, but this looks easier.
Melinda Longoria MSM from Garland, Texas on September 18, 2014:
This was so helpful. Thank you! I couldn't find the advanced button so I had to use your direct link. Super glad that you made the direct link available. Sincerlely, Mel
Sheila Craan from Florida on September 13, 2014:
Thank you for this great advise! I've been scratching my head coming up with pictures I draw myself. I was wondering how to use other peoples photographs on my hubs.
Tori Canonge from North Carolina on July 06, 2014:
I find a lot of my photos on Flickr and always check to make sure they have the appropriate license before I use them. Providing a backlink to the creator is absolutely essential, so I'm glad you mentioned that. Great information!
Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on June 23, 2014:
Mary, HubPages has always taken the same attitude - it's just that the monitoring of photo attribution is largely manual, and they don't have the staff to do it. In the past I think Hubbers were more vigilant about flagging "illegal" photos which helped the moderators, but I think there are fewer members doing that now.
Mary Hyatt from Florida on June 23, 2014:
When I first started here on HP, I tried out Flickr, but stopped for several reasons. I want to look into 123rf.com for free stock and also purchased photos. Are you familiar with that site?
I don't think HP is as strict now as they used to be about attributing photos. I see a lot of Hubs with NO attribution at all.
I have bookmarked this Hub to go back and reread.
Earl Noah Bernsby on February 26, 2014:
I was almost ready to swear off Flickr — due to some recent annoyances dealing with improperly licensed photos — until I read this Hub! It really is a great resource, and a neat way to interact with photographers. I also learned something new: it is better to link to a photographer's photo stream, rather than the exact photo. #marisarocks!
Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on February 12, 2014:
Marisa, this is a very much appreciated hub -- it answers all the questions I have had running around in my mind about Flickr and proper image usage. Thank you so much. I am bookmarking for reference and also sharing.
Gail Meyers from Johnson County, Kansas on December 23, 2013:
I like Wikimedia Commons, but I will start trying Flickr more with Flickrstorm. Thanks for the great tip! I stopped using Flickr because it seemed that each time I searched I ended up with pages of irrelevant photos to scroll through - mostly picture of bands performing. You always have the greatest tips! Thanks again!
angryelf from Tennessee on December 20, 2013:
Very good resource for newbies! Great hub!
Brian Leekley from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA on December 20, 2013:
Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared with followers.
Thanks for this hub. I have bookmarked it on my browser.
Esther Shamsunder from Bangalore,India on November 19, 2013:
So useful, needed this. Thanks Marisa.
Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on November 17, 2013:
This is quite helpful, informative and useful hub! Thanks for sharing the detailed way of using Flickr photos. Vote up!
Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on November 16, 2013:
My second visit here. Great information and super instruction. Thanks.
Jess Brazeau from Canada on November 14, 2013:
I absolutely appreciate this hub! I am so excited to learn that I can use photos off of flickr! I've never used the site before to get photos for my hubs (or any other reason) but I've been mildly aware of it's existence. Every time I search in Google for "free stock photos of ____" while working on a hub, I always find photos from flickr- but I've never used them because I didn't know I could. I want to be sure I do everything by the book as far as HP is concerned and I didn't want to use photos that I wasn't technically allowed to.
I'm so excited to learn it's okay to use flickr photos (under creative commons, of course :) I've been using freedigitalphotos.net- which has been good to me thus far, but sometimes I have a hard time finding that photo that would fit just perfectly. This new piece of info is going to make such a difference in my future hubs!
Thanks so much for the helpful info!
Clara Myers from USA on July 28, 2013:
This was sooo helpful. I couldn't figure it out for the life of me. Thank you!
Marsha Musselman from Michigan, USA on July 16, 2013:
Thank you Marissa for the helpful hub. I recently uploaded one of my own pictures to flickr, but then when I wanted to copy it to my hub I didn't see that it had the right photo extension.
I ended up taking another picture like the one I uploaded there to use. I'll have to check it out again using your instructions.
Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on July 03, 2013:
LOL, glad you found it anyway! Flickr has changed the method about three times since I wrote this Hub, I've had to update it several times. It looks like I need to revise it again!
Jennifer Suchey on July 02, 2013:
So I was trying to figure out how to get a Flickr photo into my hub today and finally did a Google search to figure it out. I read a really great and well written hub and then cracked up when I saw your name at the bottom. Figures!
I do have to say this mechanics of getting the photo off of Flickr was different for me. There was no "view all sizes" in the right hand corner or anywhere for that matter. I finally tried "control click" (on my Mac, so I guess that's "right click" on a PC), and a list popped up with an option to view sizes. I choose a size and another window opens up where I "control click" on the photo again and choose "copy image address".
I don't know if it's changed since you first wrote the hub or if it's just different for me for some reason, but thought I'd let you know. Thanks for yet another great hub.
Jemuel from Cebu, Philippines on June 19, 2013:
Very useful! Voted up and followed.
Ceres Schwarz on April 14, 2013:
This is really helpful and useful. Thanks for the tip about the 'Copy Image Location'. I didn't know about that. You're right that copying the URL of the photo into the photo capsule doesn't work.
Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on April 13, 2013:
Thank you for this easy-to-follow tutorial. I've bookmarked this great hub. Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and will share!
livingsta from United Kingdom on April 13, 2013:
Useful information, advice and tips here Marisa. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.
Votes up and sharing!
Stephanie from Canada on February 01, 2013:
So very very useful for me! Thank you so much for sharing!!
Tammy Odom on January 30, 2013:
Thanks so much for the info. Will do.
Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on January 25, 2013:
Definitely one I shall bookmark if I need an image for something other than the images I generally take. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.
Nathan Bernardo from California, United States of America on January 19, 2013:
I quit trying to use Flickr awhile back because I couldn't get the photos to upload; now I see what I was doing wrong. Thanks for the info.
Raj Lally Batala from Chicago ,USA on January 03, 2013:
good informations !! thanks
Chen on December 26, 2012:
Well this is just a fabulous resource. Thanks so much for the great tutorial, it will come in handy. Vu & useful.
Mary Hyatt from Florida on November 24, 2012:
I use Flickr quite often. In fact, I've had some traffic as a result of my asking the photographer if I could use their photo on a Hub I did about a foreclosed house. I found the perfect photo. He said I could use his photo, and was very gracious.
Voted this UP, etc.
mommymaya from Arkansas on October 30, 2012:
Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge! It has been extremely helpful.
Atyq on October 23, 2012:
I've wondered how best to use Flikr. I like Wikipedia Commons, but it is limited. Wiki has a lot of photos in the public domain however.
Thanks for the tips, Marissa!
Best regards, ATYQ
goosegreen on July 24, 2012:
Everyday I find something in hubpages to help my work. Thank you.
Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on June 10, 2012:
Thanks so much for your useful hub. I had wondered how to correctly use Flickr.
sweetguide from River side on March 01, 2012:
Hi, Another great Hub full of really interesting information.
travel-O-grapher from Dhaka, Bangladesh on January 31, 2012:
that bit about the creative commons thing is cool... something i'll be sure to look into nxt time im writing a hub!
Pam Valentine from The Heartland, USA on November 29, 2011:
Thanks for a very informative post, I was using stockexchange, this is much better.
Cardia from Barbados. on November 12, 2011:
Thank you so much for this Hub! Full of great and useful information, and the step-by-step instructions were helpful too!
2uesday on November 11, 2011:
This is useful and explained well. I have always used my own photos on here, but now need to use other pictures sometimes and was finding it time consuming looking for suitable images. Thank you.
chrisam01 from Los Angeles, California, USA on October 14, 2011:
This is a great help. Thank you!
Cindy Murdoch from Texas on August 14, 2011:
Thank you for the info. I have a better ida of what I am doing and fortunately I only have a few hubs. I am going to go back and change the way I have been doing credits for I fear I have not been doing them correctly. You have shared some really good information here.
Liam Hallam from Nottingham UK on August 06, 2011:
Fantastic and helpful hub Marisa. I've been looking for a great source of unique photo's and flickr should assist. many thanks
India Arnold from Northern, California on June 07, 2011:
Very informative work Marisa! This is a helpful lesson for anyone looking to find unique images to improve their reader's experience as well as HubPages in general. Using legal images from flickr (or elsewhere)is important when it comes to creating original interesting hub content! Great hub! Up and Awesome.
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on May 29, 2011:
Thanks a million for the help.
Becky532 on February 16, 2011:
I read a few hubs on using photos, and this was the most helpful and easy to follow! Thank you so much for removing my confusion! Happy writing!
Vickie Bovender from Southeastern US on February 06, 2011:
Marisa, I'm so excited to read your informative Hub about Flickr. Thank you, thank you!
Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on January 31, 2011:
@schoolgirl, I've never heard of making money on Flickr. Maybe someone else has? You can make money by signing up and posting photos on sites like Dreamstime.
schoolgirlforreal on January 31, 2011:
this is a really cool hub and useful!
I thought, someone told me at least, that is you sign up w/ flickyr you can make $, and I thought it was by posting people's photos. Perhaps it's by posting your own on flickyr? Is it true? Thanks!
graceomalley on December 07, 2010:
Thank you for the help. I'm a newbie & needed it!
Colombia Florist on November 21, 2010:
I had hoped to be able to add a photo stream or add a recent selection from my RSS on Flickr but that only adds the descriptions with a link (so far as I can see) so it looks as if I will have to do it the longhand way!
Susan Starts Now from California on November 13, 2010:
This has been a really helpful hub. Thank you so much for the great information. I have bookmarked this for future reference.
Sharilee Swaity from Canada on November 04, 2010:
Thank you ... I've been looking for an article like this. Now I realize that I've been doing it wrong, and will have to change those tomorrow. Take care!
rosariosblog from Adelaide, Australia on October 30, 2010:
I've just followed your directions and at first I was having trouble copying the URL from Flickr, but finally I got what you mean. Thank you.. I haven't even finished reading the your hub, it's just the beginning.
michael ely from Scotland on October 20, 2010:
Just put my first photograph on with a lot of help from this hub. Hopefully as i go on i will improve my knowledge more on this. Thanks. Michael.
SmartAndFun from Texas on September 02, 2010:
Thank you so much for this post! It worked like a charm! I am new and just learning. Until I read this I had been doing all my own photos, which sometimes didn't work out so well. I have bookmarked your instruction for future use. I had no idea how to get legal photos until you shared. Thanks for helping out us newbies!
ofmelancholy on September 01, 2010:
Thanks for the informative hub, good for beginners.
Kerrie Lynskey from London on August 30, 2010:
useful tips thanks so much
Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on August 22, 2010:
Maybe it's your browser. I use Firefox because it's best for HubPages and has less trouble with viruses etc. than Internet Explorer.
If you can't get "copy image location" then can you see "Properties" when you right-click the photo? If you can open Properties, you can copy the URL from there. Or you can do it the long way - choose "Save Image as" and save to your PC, then upload from there.
CYBERSUPE from MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A. on August 22, 2010:
Many Thanks Marisa. Also I do not see the phrase "copy image to location". I know, I am just a computer dummy.
Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on August 22, 2010:
That's strange, Cybersupe. There is a new feature on Flickr where you can click to get larger versions of the photos instead of following the usual procedure - just check to make sure that's not the case.
CYBERSUPE from MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A. on August 22, 2010:
Marisa, I must be doing something wrong. The pictures I get are very Fuzzy. What should I do?
Spider Girl from the Web on August 16, 2010:
Great hub Marisa I must say, I must give Flickrstorm a try, voted up and rated useful!
Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on August 10, 2010:
@Wife, Flickr is not a revenue-sharing site so there's no benefit to you for referring someone.
Wife Who Saves on August 10, 2010:
Thank you. This is very helpful. I have been mostly using morguefile but I just checked out Flickr and am amazed at the quality selections. Do you get credit for referring someone over there?
katie54321 from Pennsylvania on August 08, 2010:
Thank you for writing this hub. I'm new and trying to find out the best ways to do things on HubPages. I was kind of scared of Flickr at first and got frustrated but I think that was because I didn't know how to use it properly. Now I do. A very, very, VERY useful hub, thank you again for writing. I've bookmarked it for future use.
forlan on July 31, 2010:
I often use Flickr because we can get any photo. Thanks for the useful tips.