How to Search Flickr.com for Pictures

by Matt on January 27, 2009

in Projects, Science, Website

One great site for pictures is flickr.com.  flickr.com has a way to search for pictures that photographers allow you to use for your work as long as you give them credit.  This is called a Creative Commons Attribution License.

When you go to flickr.com, make sure you do an advanced search. 

Advanced Search on flickr.com

Advanced Search on flickr.com

In the Advanced Search, select “ “.  

Check these boxes to search only for Creative Commons content

Check these boxes to search only for Creative Commons content

When you select a picture to look at.  Look at the right sidebar and scroll down.  You will see a label that tells you what kind of copyright the picture has.

This label show the copyright information for the photo on this page.

This label show the copyright information for the photo on this page.

This link takes you to a page with the Creative Commons copyright information that will tell you what you need to do to use this photo.

Read this to find out how to use this picture legally.

Read this to find out how to use this picture legally.

By reading the license above you know that as long as you give credit (you attribute the photo to the person you took the picture) you are okay to use this in your project.  If you use these, legal pictures and correctly give credit to the photographers, we will be able to post your videos and slideshows on YouTube.  If you don’t, we can only use the videos and slideshows in our class.

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