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Excellent Copyright-Free Reference Photo Websites for Artists

Beautiful Mountains

Photo courtesy of Pixabay

Most people are well aware that paintings are copyrighted.  But not many people stop to think that photographs are copyrighted too!  This includes derivative works.  Making a painting or drawing from a photograph is a derivative work, and unless you have the photographer’s explicit permission, you are not allowed to use it as a reference or sell your finished work.  This makes it difficult for the artist, especially those just starting out. Finding the right reference photo for your artwork requires a little work.

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