Finding images you can use on your website

Don’t break the law!

If you have photos that you own, feel free to use them.

You will probably violate copyright laws if you simply search for images using Google or another search engine and use what you find!

Creative Commons

For more info on Creative Commons, please watch the short video below—it’s worth it!

  Creative Commons: Get Creative
Creative Commons: Get Creative

You can find images available under various Creative Commons licenses at:

Wikimedia Commons

If you’re familiar with Wikipedia, the you’ll like Wikimedia Commons, an open collection of images that anyone can use, available at


NASA has taken some awesome images of earth and space, and they’re available for free—after all, your tax dollars already paid for them!

U.S. government

Again, your tax dollars paid for these photos, so why not use them? Many of them are famous, and almost all of them are interesting.


Interesting name, no? The website explains its name as follows: ”A morgue file is a place to keep post production materials for use of reference, an inactive job file. This morgue file contains free high resolution digital stock photography for either corporate or public use.”

Grab the images at


Almost 400,000 images are available at


The University of California oversees this excellent resource: ”More than 150,000 digitized items—including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and other unique cultural artifacts—reveal the diverse history and culture of California and its role in national and world history.”

Check the images out at

Public Domain Pictures

All public domain images donated by photographers, and all available for you to utilize at


iStockphoto isn’t free, but the quality is excellent. In fact, WebSanity uses it all the time. Start searching—and buying—professionally-shot images at


Over 11 million images (and illustrations and videos) for sale at