Touted as one of the best online photo management and sharing applications in the world, Flickr houses a treasure trove of images that you can use under their Creative Commons area.
Kristi Hines, a freelance writer, ghostwriter, professional blogger and social media enthusiast, says that when it comes to finding just the right photo, she turns to Flickr. “I use Creative Commons search on Flickr under their Advanced Search Options.”
When David Crandall isn’t posting his own work on Flickr, you can find him flexing his super powers over at his blog, Heroic Destiny where he uses Flickr’s Creative Commons.
If you’re in the business of blogging, Photo Pin makes the chore of finding fantabulous photos and images for your blog.
Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
Annie Sisk of Pajama Productivity . She’s the queen of the fuzzy slippers who teaches people how to rule the world in your PJ’s. She says, “Seriously, there’s NO need to go elsewhere. It gathers all the Flickr images, gives you Photo Credit HTML code, lets you download a number of sizes …. Oh. And FREE.”
Compfight is another image search engine tailored to find the perfect image for your design or writing project. Like Photo Pin, they also use the Flickr API.
When the uber creative Bombchelle Michelle Nickolaisen isn’t making incredibly boring sounding stuff incredibly NOT boring so that that you + your biz can reap the rewards, she’s checking out images using Compfight.
However, when you use your newly discovered bevy of free images do what’s right and give credit where credit is due.
Who couldn’t use some “link love” these days to drive traffic to their site?
The end result? You’re happy, they’re happy and fluttery hearts were just released across the world wide interwebz.
By Colleen Conger. Colleen is owner and lead pixel alchemist at Digital Photo and Design, LLC. She’s a self-confessed Starbucks addict, font freak and geeky tech girl. Connect with her personally on Facebook and Google+. You can also follow Digital Photo and Design on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, YouTube and Dribbble.