Creative Commons of Photography

About the Creative Commons and Flickr

A commons is a shared place. gives photographers the option to select a Creative Commons license for their work. This license promotes sharing within limits established by the copyright owner. When photographs are shared, they can be used for all kinds of interesting purposes. This is what does. We use photos published in the Flickr Creative Commons as examples in photography lessons. We don't alter the photographs or try to make money by using them. We simply share them with you.

Saying something...

Texture, color and perfect focus make this a great portrait. Visit tinou bao's photostream on Flickr to see more.


From Lapidim's Flickrstream... some of the most beautiful landscapes I've ever seen. Sometimes the photograph shows a reality that is made from light, line and texture. Other times the beauty is there and the photograph simply testifies to a moment in time when it existed.

I had to post one more...

The spacious sky

The spacious sky, from Norma Desmond's Flickr stream.

Another walk by...

I had to post one (or two) more walk bys from TommyOshima's Flickr stream. He has some great photos including the one below:


The Walk By

This photo from Dlemieux's Flickr stream is a great example of a walk by. Find a great background and then wait for your subject.

Bangles & Jangles

Bangles & Jangles from Toetap's Flickr stream.

John Cohen

John Cohen has a great selection of portraits on his flickr stream. Be sure and see his B&W collection.

Indy Charlie

They asked me for five cents but I only had a dime.
From Indy Charlie's Flickr stream. If you've ever thought of doing a photo essay on your favorite High-Top Keds, see Indy's for inspiration.

Gary H. Spielvogel

Soul Searching - Gary Spielvogel

Gary Spielvogel is from New York. He calls himself a "street photgrapher at heart." Be sure to see some of his street photography on his Flickr stream.