We all know that blog and facebook posts that contain compelling images get more attention than others and most people know there are sever implications of using an image someone else owns. But downloading images from a Google search is so easy, ” and who would know if you used it anyway”. Recovering your Facebook Page from Facebook or having your website shut-down for a violation is not something that should be taken lightly.

Here are some great ways to get free or low-cost images:

Flickr Free Images

If you have a Flickr account you can find free images for download from The Commons. The Commons where participating institutions share their photographs and have determined that “no known copyright restrictions” exist.

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Lets others copy, distribute, display, and perform a copyrighted work – and derivative work based upon it – but only if they give credit the way the original creator requests.


Lets others copy, distribute, display, and perform a work – and derivative works based upon it – but for non-commercial purposes only.

Share Alike

Allows others to distribute derivative works only under the same license as the original work.

No Derivative Works

Lets others copy, distribute, display, and perform only verbatim copies of a work, and not derivative works based upon it.


Creative Commons Images and Music

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. You can find free images, clip art and even music for your video’s. Creative commons allows people to define what their license covers. Watch for the following symbols here to tell you what you can use the work for.

Google Publicly Reusable Images

You can use Google’s Advance Image Search to filter your image search by “licensed for public reuse.” When you perform an image search on Google just

  1. Click on the gear icon in the upper right corner
  2. Select Advanced Search
  3. Under the Narrow your Results box at the bottom under usage rights select “free to use or share”.
  4. Voila!

Free Stock Photo Sites

There are lots of royalty free photo sites out there. Many of them have professional looking images that are very inexpensive. Sometimes paying a little something for the ease of finding exactly what you’re looking for is the way to go. Our favorite is 123rf.com. You can set-up many lightbox’s and audition images before purchasing (usually for less than $1 each).

Take your own free images

You can always take your own photographs. This can be time consuming, but if you are a creative person it can also be rewarding. It makes you look at the world a little differently.

Like always, have fun with it and let us know if you have other suggestions.