I’m a strong proponent of respecting copyright. I think artists deserve to be paid for the work that they do. I’m also a fan of using Creative Commons photography in my blog, on my visual writing ideas, and in my presentations. In general, I use the Creative Commons Photo Search to search through Flickr (though sometimes Photopin works great, too).
However, I have also found that there are times when I want to use attribution-free photography. Typically, these are in moments when I want to know that I have complete permission to use the work in a commercial way (such as a keynote). These types of photos fall into the Public Domain / CC0 license. So far, the best overall search for these photos is on Pexels. However, there are a ton of great photos not included in the Pexels search.
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This site has a large variety. However, there isn’t as much of a quality control process in terms of image size or quality of composition. It’s a place I go to when I haven’t found something on another site. Just like Pixabay, it requires you to register in order to get the highest quality images.
- Old Book Illustrations: This isn’t really a photo site. However, sometimes it can be cool to add an old public domain illustration to a presentation.
- One Million Free Pictures: This site has some great pictures, but it’s hard to navigate.
- Morguefile: They have an interesting license that requires you to modify the photo. However, they don’t require attribution.
- USA.gov: There are some great photos here but you have to sort through a ton of stuff to find what you want. Also, there’s a disclaimer that some of their photos might be subject to Copyright.
- My Public Domain Photos: While the variety is great, the quality of the photos really varies and there’s not much of a process for sorting between which ones are great and which ones aren’t.
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