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FAQ

Do I have to give credit to a photographer when I use their photo?

The Unsplash license uses the Creative Commons Zero license, which doesn’t require credit to be given. However, we encourage giving credit to the photographer if possible, since they generously donated their photographs for use by the public.

A simple credit like ‘Photo by x’ with a link back to their Unsplash profile is always appreciated.

Can I use Unsplash photographs for commercial purposes?

Of course! The Unsplash license allows for photographs to be used for any purpose — both commercial and personal. Blogs, art, book covers, tshirts, and more — paid or unpaid — they’re all allowed under the license.

Check out Made with Unsplash for more examples.

Can I sell Unsplash photos?

Legally, the CC0 license allows you to sell the photos posted on Unsplash. However, the Creative Commons and Unsplash communities are pretty vocal in their dislike for this (not to mention it makes no economic sense, since the photo is already free).

We recommend never selling another photographer’s work without adding to it creatively, through remixing or other methods. A simple way to think about this is to ask yourself: did I add something to this in a way that deserves value? If I were the original photographer, would I see this as a creative use of my photo?

Made with Unsplash has many examples of remixes created with Unsplash photos that showcases how the photos can be used creatively.

How are photos selected to be featured?

The featured photos (10 every 10 days) are chosen by notable creatives. Since the curators are from varied backgrounds, it brings a wide range of photographs and different styles to the featured photos.

How are curators selected?

Curators are chosen by our team. The criteria isn’t set in stone, but we generally look for people who have positively affected the culture of creativity or influenced creatives in their field.

How do I get my photo in the “New” feed?

The photos in the New feed are chosen by our team. To increase your chances of being chosen, follow our guidelines.

How do I save photos to my computer?

To save a photo click the ‘Download’ link below each photo or click on the photo itself. The highest quality version of the photo will open in a new window.

Right clicking the photo and selecting ‘Save Image As…’ or dragging the photo to your desktop will save the photo.

Can I delete a photo once uploaded?

Yes. Login to your account and go to the Manage Photos tab under Account Settings. Find the photo you want to delete and click ‘Delete photo’.

However, due to the nature of the license, once a photo is released under CC0, the license is permanent and non-revocable, which means that your photo can continue to be used by the public (though it won’t be available on the Unsplash website). For more read the Creative Commons FAQ on the CC0 license.

Why do you ask for a photo’s location?

Adding the location where a photo was shot is completely optional, but it’s a great way to include additional context for your photo.

To protect your privacy, if you don’t want the photo’s location to be displayed publicly, select the Don’t display publicly checkbox when uploading.

Why do you ask for a photo’s EXIF metadata?

Adding optional EXIF metadata is a great way for other photographers to discover more information about your photo, including details about what camera, lens, and settings you used to take a specific photo.

Questions? Get in touch with us.