Not from Google search. If you download images that way you are putting yourself at risk for getting sued for copyright infringement.
Just check out this story about a lady that did that:
The $7,500 Blogging Mistake That Every Blogger Needs to Avoid! by Chrystie
“In February 2014, I created a post about a green pepper coupon. (Yes, there are actually sometimes coupons for green peppers) Anyway, I finished creating the post and instead of doing the RIGHT thing which would have been to either pay for a stock image or take my own photo, I went to Google, typed in “Green Pepper” found one that I liked, Right click->, Save As and uploaded it to my blog post…and then I forgot about it.”
Continue reading on: www.livingfornaptime.com/starting-a-blog/blogging-mistakes-to-avoid
Yikes! I would soooo have a heart attack if that happened to me.
Here is some places that I recommend to avoid that.
Stock Photos – Paid Sites
Usually can find a lot more, but can be a bit pricy.
Stock Photos – Free Sites
There are lots of great ones, but you may need to search several sites to find just what you are looking for.
- www.css-tricks.com/sites-with-high-quality-photos-you-can-use-for-free – Index
- www.allthefreestock.com – Index of LOTs of free photo sites
Textures and Patterns
Let me know if there are any that you use and love.
Jann Pinnick says
I just read the comments from bloggers about the green pepper photo that cost the blogger beaucoup bucks.
I have SO many pieces of my own artwork. Do you know I can protect my images?
Do I need to hire an attorney up front to guide me before putting images on my website?
There is a way to protect your images from being download by right-clicking disabling and you definitely should have them watermarked with your name/logo. But no way is foolproof for the determined person.
No, you don’t need to hire an attorney. Your rights are inherent when you take a photo. When you would need an attorney is if you stumble across someone posting your photo as their own. Then that is a completely different story.
There is something called “Reverse Image Search” where you could upload your photo and see if it is being used anywhere else on the web. One site is https://www.tineye.com.
Hope that helps you!