Commons Photos on Flickr
Tutorial by Karen Cox Graphic credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/steren/2732488224/
• A photo with a Creative Commons license can
be used for personal use without asking the
permission of the photographer. You can use
these photos in your classroom, but be sure to
read the license so you know exactly how it can
or cannot be used.
• If you find a copyrighted photo on Flickr that you
really want to use, don’t hesitate to send the
photographer a Flickr mail and ask permission,
explaining exactly how you plan to use the
photo. They just might say yes.
Type your text (whatever you are searching for) into the text bar to the right of
“Search for”. For example, I typed “lion”.
Scroll down until you see the Creative Commons logo. Check the box
beside “Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content.”
Next you will see the search results. There are over 87,000 photos of
lions with the Creative Commons license.
When you’ve found the photo you want to use, just click it.
Next, you will come to the photo’s webpage. Above the photo, click “All
Then you will see which sizes are available for the photo. I recommend
downloading either the “large” or “original” size.
Before you download, check to make sure the photo has a Creative
Commons license. (The license is just below the photo.)
To download the photo, you can either click the download link, or right
click on the photo and choose “Save Image As”.
Choose a location on your computer to save the photo (“Save in”), rename the file (“File name”), and
click the Save button. Then you will be able to find your photo on your computer (in whatever location
you saved it).