Wondering where to find free photos and pictures?
Free and public domain photos, pictures, artwork, and other images, are on the web and available for your use. But it can be confusing to find copyright free images unless you know where to look.
Photographs, pictures, drawings, artwork, and other images on the web are subject to copyright law so you cannot just copy and paste any picture that takes your fancy.
The good news is that there are thousands of photographs and pictures out there that have been donated for public use by their rightful owners. Other images have had their copyright license expire, and so have now fallen into the category of public domain material, and are free of charge for anyone to use as they see fit.
Not every image on the web is free for your use, but there are many which are, and you simply need to know which ones are public domain and copyright free in order to gain access to this treasure trove of pictures.
Wildlife photo available at The US Fish and Wildlife Digital Library.
A digital camera really is so very well worth the investment. No paying for development of your pictures, simply download your images into your computer, and they are available for your use. This Canon digital camera set has everything that you need to get you started. Canon helps to make picture taking easy and their quality cannot be beat.
Even when you are using free public domain photos and pictures keep in mind that it is important to credit your sources.
Not only will this accreditation make your work appear more professional but it is very important to always give credit back where credit is due.
You can provide accreditation for free and public domain images by sighting your sources at the bottom of your page as I do. Or you can provide a back link within, beside, or under the image. Which ever method you choose to provide credit for the image is acceptable.
Canon powershot camera with 4x zoom is a great camera for downloading images onto the web. Line up your shot, shoot, download, and you are in the images. Canon makes picture taking easy and affordable.
Wikimedia Commons provides many photographs and pictures which are free public domain images available for anyone to use. However, it is important to note that not all images in the Wikimedia Commons are public domain images, so it is important for you to check the copyright statement for each photo or picture that you are interested in using to insure that it can be used for commercial purposes. If you are ever in doubt as to it's usage, then pass that image by, and find another.
It is very important to follow the guidelines and accreditation set out for each picture's use. Whenever possible link back to the page where you found the free photo or picture. Some images in the Wikimedia Commons are for use only on the Wikipedia website but many are copyright free public domain images.
Check out Wikimedia Commons Public Domain Images. I found the link to this page by typing Wikipedia commons public domain in the Google search engine. But you can simply bookmark my webpage to keep it and these other free photo and picture websites handy.
Swordfish picture available at Karen's Whimsy Public Domain Images
Canon Powershot cameras are designed to simplify how you view the world through pictures. Download images into your computer, keep the ones you like, and delete the remainder. No fuss. It's easy to have all the pictures you need right at your fingertips with a simple click.
Many government websites provide free photographs and images for public use. It will usually list on the web site the accreditation that you should give for the use of these images. Generally credit back is required, and even if it is not stated as a necessity, a back link should still be provided. Always give credit where credit is due. It is to your benefit to do so.
One of my favorite government sites for free pictures is The US Fish and Wildlife Digital Library. This website has released hundreds of pictures into the public domain which means that these photographs are free for you to use on your websites.
When using these free public domain USA Government Photos and Images be sure to read the accreditation rules and apply them to your website.
Canon cameras are some of the best in the world. Designed with ease of use in mind, Canon cameras make professional picture taking easy, and affordable. Canon cameras always focus on picture quality.
For a collection of free drawings and pictures which have fallen into the public domain because copyright does not exist on them, or has expired, Karen's Whimsy Public Domain Images is an excellent resource.
You can find many wonderful free pictures on this site including some storybook images and old fashioned all occasion gift cards.
When you use the free public domain images from Karen's Whimsy Public Domain Images please be sure to provide a link back to her website.
When taking pictures is an art the Canon EOS is the camera that you want to have working for you. Canon makes it easy to take pictures that stand out from the rest. Trust a Canon camera for quality at it's best.
These next links will be some of the most valuable that you can acquire. These link to public domain photographic libraries and are an excellent resource of free public domain photo and picture. Please always provide a link back from your site. It's the right way to credit public domain images.
Flickr Commons: Not all photos on Flickr are free for public use but those placed into the Flickr commons are. This is an amazing grouping of over a million photos that are free for public use either because their copyright has expired or because these images have been donated into the public domain.
Library of Congress Flickr photostream there is no known copyright on these images and so they have been placed into the creative commons file of public domain images and are available for your use.
Morguefile.com is a collection of donated photographs placed in the public domain to be shared. There really is a great collection of photographs here.
Reusable Art: is exactly as the title indicates. This website is a large collection of art works that have fallen into the public domain and which are now available for public use. There are some gorgeous images here.
Seasons Greetings picture available at Karen's Whimsy Public Domain Images.
Trust Canon Cameras to get the shot so real that it puts you right in the image. The Canon Rebel with zoom is that camera. It's a Canon so you know that it is a great camera.
Taking your own photographs can save you searching online for free photos. It will also insure that you get the picture that you really want. Taking professional looking photos really isn't all that difficult or expensive either. It is actually quite easy.
I went to the used store and picked up a couple of white sheets for $1.00 each. To take my own photos I simply drape the white sheet over my couch, set the item that I want to take a picture of onto it, and snap. It's a professional looking photo without a professional price tag attached to it. You can see by the picture to the side that these free images come out pretty darn good.
Like most electronics over recent years digital cameras have dropped in price since their introduction. You can now pick up a very capable digital camera for around a hundred dollars. You don't have to pay to have your pictures developed either, you simply download them into your computer, keep the ones you like, and erase the ones you don't. Taking your own pictures has never been easier.
Copyright image available at Wikimedia Commons: Public domain copyright images
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