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How to use and where to find free images?

Every graphic designer, web developer, blogger, needs photos. There will be no status without them on the fanpage, blog post, work on the competition and many, many other daily work.
Fortunately, there are more and more such materials and we can use them more easily. However, we do not always do it in accordance with the conditions on which they are made available by their authors and authors. I still learn how to do it properly. How and with which websites can we get for free, legally, and under what conditions?

Legal council

What we can do with the photo you encounter in the network depends on the copyright. If we want to use someone’s work in public, spreading it on your blog, in a book or presentation, we need permission from the author or author (or license) or certainty that the image is no longer protected by proprietary copyright (that is, go public domain) .
From works protected by copyright or anonymous law, about which we know nothing about protection, we can only use it within the scope of fair use.

There are dozens of websites offering photographs and graphics for free.
You can divide them into three groups:

* Creative Commons Zero – allows you to use them in the widest possible way, also commercially and even without the need to sign the author / author, if you do not have the opportunity.

* Available in the public domain – means for which property copyrights expired with time (usually 70 years from the creator’s death) or never act as in the case of NASA and other federal agencies, exempted from legal protection by the US government,

* Creative Commons – with different conditions that in the minimum version will require information about the author or author and license information, each time we use the photo (Creative Commons Creative Commons License), and in more complex licenses may also require the use of pictures only for non-commercial purposes or not to modify it.

 

Creative Commons Zero

Provided by the authors on the Creative Commons Zero mechanism (CC0), which allows you to use them in the widest possible way, also commercially and even without the need to sign the author / author, if you do not have the opportunity.

1. Pixabay

https://pixabay.com/

2. Pexels

https://www.pexels.com/

3. Unsplash

https://unsplash.com/

4. FoodShot

https://foodshot.co/

5. Starup Stock Photos

http://startupstockphotos.com/

6. PickupImage

http://pickupimage.com/trip/

7. TravelCoffeeBook

http://travelcoffeebook.com/

8. Gratisography

https://gratisography.com/

9. Pixinio

https://pixnio.com/

10. Magdalaine

https://magdeleine.co/browse/

11. StockSnap.io

https://stocksnap.io/

 

Public domain

The content in the public domain can be used without restrictions, remembering, however, respect for the personal rights of authors and authors (these never expire), that is even about signing them when we use such content.

Rijksmuseum

https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/search

Metropolitan Museum of Art

https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search

NASA

https://images.nasa.gov/#/

 

Creative Commons

You have to take a bit more attention to photos from the pages below. Materials from them are available on different licenses, so first of all you need to check which and then meet its conditions (eg signature, maintaining the same license for remixes, using the work only in the original, etc.).

Foter

http://foter.com/

Flickr

https://www.flickr.com/creativecommons

500px

https://500px.com/creativecommons

Photos For Class

http://www.photosforclass.com/

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