A great tool for finding Creative Commons images for your blog is Flickr – a free picture and video hosting website. Their search facility can be confusing to navigate if you’re only looking for CC images and on top of that you have to work out how to attribute the picture you’ve selected.
Photopin is a brilliant way of searching Flickr for CC images.
You enter your search term and a page full of images will appear. The images at the top are sponsored images. Unless you want to pay – don’t use these. They’re separated from the CC images with a grey dotted line. An easy way to tell if you’ve clicked on a free image is whether you’ve stayed on photopin’s website – if clicking on an image takes you to a different site, it’s a paid one.
Once you’ve found your desired image and clicked on ‘preview’ to see the whole thing, click ‘download’. This will bring up a pop-up containing the image (which contains a link to the original image on Flickr). To the right of the image are a number of options for download size. You can save the picture via these links and upload them to your blog. Beneath the size options is a box with a small amount of code in. Copy and paste this into your blog post to ensure you have correctly attributed the picture.