If you just started blogging or are doing it for a while, finding free photos without compromising the quality and use legally in your blog is one of the most challenging tasks. Here we will show you how to find free photos from Flickr and use them legally in your blog.
Without any images in your blog post, it seems quite awkward and ugly even if you have well-structured and informative bodily content. A screenshot is a way better image format for the tutorial blog posts, but for the generic blog posts, traditional images suit better.
In the beginning, most of the bloggers use the images from the Google Image Search, which is illegal to use. Even if you are a professional blogger, if you use the protected copyright image, it will cost you more in the future. If you are practicing such a way, your blog’s reputation might sink from top to zero as well as you might have to face several legal issues.
So here we come up with the solution: how can you use high-quality free images legally in your blog. There are a lot of websites from where you can use royalty-free images with Creative Commons licenses. Among them, Flickr is one of the best places where you can find millions of royalty-free, high-quality images under the Creative Common license.
Flickr is the most popular photo-sharing website of modern time. While we are writing this article, Flickr has more than 92 million registered users, and they upload 3.5 million photos to the site each day, according to the data from IACP Center for Social Media.
It is important to note that not every photo in Flickr is not free to use in your blog. Before using the photos in your blog from the Flick, we suggest you clearly understand Creative Commons licenses.
Find Free Photos From Flickr & Use Legally
At first, browse the home page of Flickr.com. Type the keyword that you want to find photos from Flickr.
In this tutorial, We will show you an example of images for the car which we can use legally in our blog.
We type “Car” at the search box in Flick.com.
Our next job is to find the images with Creative Common License. For that, you must select the All Creative Commons option from the license type at the left corner of Flickr.com.
Select the image that you want to use in your blog. For example, we have selected an image as shown below.
As you might notice, at the right bottom of the image that we have selected, this image shows the right reserved. For this instance, the right reserved by this image is defined by three images sign.
The first sign with a little human inside the circle indicates the attribution requirement. This particular image requires the appropriate credit link back to the source of the image.
The second sign with a dollar sign cross inside the circle indicates either it is commercial or non-commercial. For this instance, it is not for commercial use.
The difference between commercial and non-commercial images is that you can use the image for direct monetary gains for the commercial image, such as an image for the banner ads and other forms of ads. But if you use the image simply in the blog post without the intention of monetary gain just simply making your blog more attractive, this means it is a noncommercial use.
The third sign with a dash inside the circle indicates that either it is derivatives or not. For this instance, the image we have selected is non-derivatives. This means if we remix, transform, or build upon the material, we may not distribute the modified material.
So it’s time to show you how we properly use the image in our blog post and provide the appropriate attribution for the source.
Source: “Car” by Shorty76 – Under Creative Common License
As shown above, we have provided the source and backlink for the image’s source at the bottom of the image.
This way, you can find free photos from Flickr and use them legally in your blog post.
Additional Source of Information
We are not an attorney, and nothing in this article should be taken as legal advice.