Photo Search Engines, Image Search, Photography Search
Google Image Search is a very good photo search engine. It is NOT automatically filtered to remove potentially offensive content (although you can select filtering on the advanced search page, which the text link leads to). In 2008, Google began hosting an archive of millions of photos which have appeared in LIFE magazine. You can also search the LIFE photo archive with the form below.|
MSN Bing Photo Search formerly used an index provided by Inktomi. After Yahoo! bought Inktomi, MSN began using their own search index and software. Now Yahoo! also uses the Bing index, so there are only two major WWW indexes instead of three.|
picsearch Photo Search is excellent at locating highly relevant images, including very few useless images, and eliminating potentially offensive content. With picsearch, the "family filter" is on at all times, and cannot be bypassed. This search uses a different index and produces results that are different from Yahoo-Bing-Lycos-Dogpile.|
News Photo Search Engines, News Photography Search
Other Photo Search Engines
Yahoo! Image Search had their own index, acquired in 2003 when Yahoo! bought Inktomi, whose search index powered HotBot, MSN, and other search engines. Having purchased Inktomi for $235 million, Yahoo! stopped using the index. In July, 2009, Yahoo! entered into a 10 year contract with Microsoft to use MSN's "Bing" search engine instead. So Yahoo! image search results are now almost identical to Bing's.|
Dogpile image search is also from the Bing (Microsoft) index:|
The US Fish and Wildlife Service National Image Library is a searchable gallery of hi-res public domain wildlife, plant, and landscape photos you can use as you like, for free.
Foto Stock Image Search allows users to search from over fifty top stock photography and image sources all at one site. They can find royalty-free photography, clipart pictures, illustrations, video clips, vector maps, and background clip art imagery. There are over 700,000 images available. Of course, you must pay to use these images.
Photo Editing Freeware
IrfanView (a free download) is an image viewing program for Windows that allows you to view many file types, cleanly resize and crop images, apply effects to images, organize them into slide shows, and more.
Similar to Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro, Paint.net "is free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins."
Also similar to Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro, (but, unlike Paint.net, available for Linux and Mac OS as well as Windows), The GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) "is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages."
Google Picasa "is software that helps you instantly find, edit and share all the pictures on your PC. Every time you open Picasa, it automatically locates all your pictures (even ones you forgot you had) and sorts them into visual albums organized by date with folder names you will recognize." Picasa also does simple photo editing chores.
Photo Gallery News (search)