Update: Another source is StockPhotosforFree.com.
How to find photos on flickr
Today I'm going to show you the quickest way I've found to search for photos on flickr. I use their Advanced Search option to limit my search to photos with a Creative Commons license. (Read what a Creative Commons license is here, but basically it specifies how others may use a particular work.)
Can't see the video? Watch it here.
- Go to the Advanced Search page.
- Type in your search term and make sure the Creative Commons box is checked at the bottom of the page.
- Once you see the results, hover over the image you like and click on the "i" icon to find out more.
- Download the image in the size you'd like. (Use the smallest possible size to save on your blog's resources and loading time.)
- Don't forget to credit the author and follow the CC license of the image you're using.
Bonus Tip: How to Find High-Quality Photos
Photography is not my strong suit, so my eye for the highest quality images in a photo is limited. I can tell the difference between a good photo and a bad one, but I'm not so good and spotting the difference between a good photo and an excellent one.
Finding high-quality photos on stock.xchng
When I'm searching for photos on stock.xchng, the way I find the best photos is to sort my search results by "comments, descending." In this way, the photos others have stopped to comment on because it is particularly good (or particularly bad) are returned at the top of the list.
Finding high-quality photos on flickr
When I'm searching flickr, a click on the information icon (indicated by an italic "i" as explained in the video) will also provide details about how many comments and "faves" the photo has received. Lots of faves and positive comments are a positive indication the photo is a good one. Here's a direct link to the Advanced Search page.
- Image Finding Tool: Compfight – This tool works nicely with Flickr.
- How to Use Images Legally
- Blogging Productivity Tip: Find Images in Bulk
- All my posts with image tips
What about you? If you don't use your own, how do you find your photos?