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No matter where you search--Google Images, Flickr, TinEye, OtisDID, BePress, etc.--ask yourself these questions:
- Do you filter by size, type, copyright status, or other criteria?
- How many images do you evaluate before making a choice?
- Do you care about watermarks?
- Do you care about who made the image?
- Do you care about who posted the image?
- Do they have any vested interest in the image/object/topic?
- Do they have any expertise in the image/object/topic?
- Is there any descriptive information?
- Do you verify the image? Does it depict the person/object it claims to?
- Does your process change depending on the purpose of your search?
Credible (with a vested interest): Museums, galleries, artists’ websites, Artsy
Mixed bag: Wikipedia, artist appreciation sites, news outlets
Be wary: Stock photo agencies, Pinterest, Amazon, blogs
The Art of Reproduction recreates famous images by splicing together images found on online. You can see differences in:
- Color correction
- Image source
TinEye.com is a reverse image search that allows you to sort and filter results in a variety of ways. It is especially good at matching stock images.
It also has a comparison tool to show you how different or alike the result matches your image.
Leveraging Google Image Search
- Filter by Tools > Size
- Evaluate the URL
- Exclude specific domains from your search results by adding -site:domain.com
- Avoid all Pinterest sites: -site:pinterest.*
- Avoid CafePress, Zazzle, and other souvenir vendors (e.g. poster, mug)
- Avoid stock photos (e.g. Getty.com, Alamy, Shuttershock)
- Right-click the image to save it
- Image may no longer be available on webpage
- Large version may no longer be linked on webpage
- Do not drag image from search results to desktop! You may be saving only a small or thumbnail image
- Open and review the downloaded image
Keep Track of Where You Find the Images
Track where you find your images!
- Cite them in your essays: MLA Guide
- Use the URL for the image file, e.g. http://media.getty.edu/museum/images/web/enlarge/00093201.jpg
- General format for Works of Art
Creator's Last Name, First Name. Title of Work. Date of Composition or Publication, Medium, Repository, City.
- Copyright and Fair Use: Guide for Images
- Give credit when required
- Good practiceL Give credit even when it's not required
Types of URLs:
- URL for the image file, e.g. http://media.getty.edu/museum/images/web/enlarge/00093201.jpg
- URL where the image was found/posted, e.g. http://www.getty.edu/art/collection/objects/811/james-ensor-christ%27s-entry-into-brussels-in-1889-belgian-1888/
- Do not save the Google Search Results URL, e.g. https://www.google.com/search?q=james+ensor+los+angeles&client=firefox-b-1-e&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjzgu_4vJjnAhWqGDQIHUv3DngQ_AUoAXoECA0QAw&biw=1920&bih=916
- Results will change over time (sometimes very quickly)
How to Download Images
- Look for Download icon or button
- If you drag and drop from webpage to desktop, check the file size
- Zoomable images can be difficult (or impossible) to download
- Find the URL for the larger image in the HTML code
Firefox: How to find URL
- Right click on the page, but NOT on the image
- Choose View Page Info
- Go to the Media tab and scroll
- until you find the image
- Click the Save As... button
Chrome: How to find URL:
- Right click on the page
- Choose Inspect
- Go to Network and select Img
- Scroll until you find the correct image
- Right click on the image preview
- Choose Copy image URL or
- Open image in new tab