Free Photos and Pictures

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.

There are hundreds of great photos out there just waiting for you to discover them.

Wildlife photo available at The US Fish and Wildlife Digital Library.

Canon digital camera outfit:


Canon EOS Rebel T3 12.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Zoom Lens + 16GB Deluxe Accessory Kit
Canon
Amazon.com: $449.00

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.

Free photos, pictures, images.

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:


Canon PowerShot ELPH 100 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 4X Optical Zoom (Blue)
Canon
Amazon.com: $85.00

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 Public Domain Images:

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Brillanten.jpg

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 camera:


Canon PowerShot SX150 IS 14.1 MP Digital Camera with 12x Wide-Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 3.0-Inch LCD (Black)
Canon
Amazon.com: $105.95

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.

Government websites:

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.

Wildlife photo available at The US Fish and Wildlife Digital Library.

Canon has a complete line of exceptional cameras.


Canon SX40 HS 12.1MP Digital Camera with 35x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-Inch Vari-Angle Wide LCD
Canon
Amazon.com: $334.62

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.

Karen's Whimsy free public domain pictures:

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. 

Canon EOS Camera:


Canon EOS 60D DSLR Camera Bundle Kit with SSE Essentials Package: Featuring Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II also Includes: 0.43x Wide Angle Lens & 2.2x Telephoto HD Lens, 3 Piece Filter Kit & 4 Piece Macro Lens Kit, Extra LP-E6 Replacement Battery & Travel Charger, 8GB SDHC Memory Card & Reader, Deluxe Carrying Case and Much More
Canon
Amazon.com: $954.50

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.

Public Domain Photographic Library List:

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.

Canon Rebel and zoom camera:


Canon EOS Rebel T3 12.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR with 18-55mm IS II Lens + Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Lens
Canon
Amazon.com: Too low to display

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.

How to take professional photos at home:

Taking your own photos:

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.

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mihgasper on said:
Thanks for huge resource. I like public domain royalty free images best because there is no need to give any credit to them. It is sometimes confusing to find what is proper thing to do because you can find the same file on different services. And sometimes it is very difficult to credit all the sources because there are too many. In these cases I try to give some nice backlinks from my other sites or blogs. It is not a must but it is good for karma;-)
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The picture of the mountain lions captured my attention. Of course, I want one for a pet, so that could be why.

It's so great to see you here! I didn't know about some of these (and some I didn't know were fair use!) so I'm glad to have found this resource. Thank you!
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I absolutely love wildlife and the gorgeous pictures that they make... thanks so much for sharing these great tips and pics :)
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Pastiche on said:
Free public domain photos are easy to find - and you've just demonstrated the best way to locate and credit those great pictures. I share quite a few of my own photos at morguefile.com. It's a wonderful photo source or showcase.
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I love to use the LOC (Library of Congress)they have a vast selection of public domain images.
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I'm always on the search for public domain images, and can definitely use the animal ones! I appreciate the tip on the US Fish & Wildlife site.

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I am always searching for public domain free photo's, this is the best resource to date that I've seen! Thanks for sharing.
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Anonymous on said:
This is every nice, and I love all of the photos that you selected to feature.
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I am so glad that you are finding this public domain photographs, pictures, and other image article helpful. I know that finding free photos really confused me when I first started working online so I know how valuable a legitimate picture base is. I am so happy that I was able to help.
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bill on said:
This leaf will be featured on the Zujava blog tomorrow. Congratulations in your placement in the Dragon Naturally Speaking contest!

Morguefile is one that I've used frequently, though I'm trying to build up my own collection of images for a future series of travel leaves. Excellent work!
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Justin S. on said:
I have used Karen's Whimsey many times in the past. It is one of my favorites if I am writing a page about calligraphy (I hope to write one here on Zujava soon!). This page was SUPER helpful with other sites that had public domain images. Thanks!
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Rochelle on said:
I found your article very useful, especially the links to various sites for public domain images. I also followed some of the links to your other articles and am going to check them out. I need to remember where to go when I need a picture. Thanks for the helpful information.
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bill on said:
Congratulations on winning the Magna Cum Laude award for this leaf today! http://www.zujava.com/magna-cum-laude/free-photos-and-pictures
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Hello, Ladymermaid. I'm always looking for free photos to use with my articles and blog posts. "Free Photos and Pictures" has given me some new resources to consider. Thank you for publishing this leaf, and congratulations on your award!
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Thanks for the tip regarding Flikr Commons link. It is better than going direct to Library of Congress and even includes other contributors. A nice discovery for for someone like me who enjoys history and the old photographs that are available.
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belinda342 on said:
I thought I knew all the free online sources for images, but you mentioned at least a couple that I hadn't thought of. Thank you!
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Glad that I could help you out. When I first started working online finding pictures to use was one of my biggest frustrations. I find that I use my own photos now or Wikimedia commons the most often.
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Fantastic page. As always, you provide us with tons of useful information.
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Ladymermaid on said:
Finding copyright free pictures to use on my articles was one of the biggest challenges that I faced when I first begin writing online. I am more that happy to share what I have learned so others have a little easy venture into the online world of writing.
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Thank you for this extensive list for finding public domain images for our articles!
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Thanks for this important information on a topic to which every online writer and website developer needs to pay close attention
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emilyd on said:
In the past, I have found searching for public domain images time consuming, so this leaf is a fantastic resource for me, thankyou!
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lisadh on said:
Well done! There are so many free resources out there for people to use, but many folks just aren't even aware of them. Thanks for shedding light on these resources!
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Webinaut on said:
Thank you so much for these resources - I have been looking for free photos for a while without finding what I needed. These resources should cover all my requirements. Thanks to for the "creating linkage"- need that right now!
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I am only too happy to help and glad that you found the free image links that you needed. Everything that we need to work online is out there and it is all just a process of finding it. Best of wishes.
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Some great tips for a new person on this site who is not used to posting pics on an article. Thanks for sharing all this great information!
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marciag on said:
Quite an important topic for all of us writers. I am always so angry when I see people adding an image to an page or article and don't attribute - worse, steal the said image.

I love all this government images, they are all in public domains and there are practically hundreds of them. So many people are not even aware of it. Great page.
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Holy cow! I had to scroll far to leave a comment, you're popular Ms. Mermaid! I almost forgot what I was going to say ;)

I'm addicted to being behind the lens of a camera. I've take a picture of every meal I've had for the last 3 years or so. I bought an amazing DSLR camera and I have not stopped snapping since. A few sites I will use if I am looking for something is freedigitalphotos.net and morguefile.com. Most of the time I use all my own photos though. I may not always credit myself though because I make it clear that kids in the photo are mine, etc. A lot of my photos will have a small watermark on the corner too with a website I own too.
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Anonymous on said:
Hi, just to tell you that I'm grateful for the effort and tons of information you have put on this page. Very helpful.
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DCDC on said:
Oh my God, this is going to be so useful. Thank you so much!
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Pippi on said:
Thank you very much for this very useful information where to find free photos.
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kimadagem on said:
Very, very useful - not just for the links but also for the tips. I've bookmarked it. :)
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notepro on said:
Thank you for providing such a great resource! I was digging around a bit in reusableart.com in particular and absolutely fell in love with what I was finding!

I use morguefile.com almost daily. Aside from the creepy name that site is a wonderful resource and I recommend it as well.

Thanks again!
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BarbRad on said:
Very helpful. I'm always looking for new photo sources, even though I normally use my own. Sometimes I just don't have access to a subject I need in my own files.
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Thank you for sharing these and for the information!
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Lorna on said:
Thanks for sharing this resources to us. Now I know where to get pictures when I needed it something that I could not produce.

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