Earlier I wrote about "Those who attended New Orleans [the PACA meeting on November 2003]
will remember the fireworks sparked when one art director said she
prefers using GOOGLE"to search for images and "to going to an agency, and then calling photographers directly."
At the recently held CEPIC in Prague Dagmar Fabricius of StockPhotoFinderexplained that this incident had been one of the bottom ideas to found the company.
Most people in the imaging world today are aware of an
alternative to the ever-popular Google search engine: the Google Image
Search. [...] I have seen people in my field using this tool
for a variety of functions [...]
the professional photo researcher like myself, Google's new and popular
image searching capabilities are both a hindrance and an asset when it
comes to fulfilling my client's requests. [...]
we getting excited yet? One thing that needs to be addressed, if this
is going to be the wave of the future for photography, is to put those
who need content in touch with those that have content. We need to
rethink and reevaluate the way in which images are used on the web.
Photographers who have websites need to be aware of metatags, captions,
keywords and how they are used with this new tool to maximize
Nathan Tyler, Google's technology public relations contact,
recommends that if photographers are interested in having their images
represented in Google Image Search they should evaluate their own
websites to make sure there are clear sitemaps that link to every page.
They should be easily crawled by search engines and not be behind forms
such as ID and PW requests. Frames and dynamically generated pages are
also problematic. For more information on this please refer to
www.google.com/intl/en/webmasters. I would recommend niche
photographers who have specific collections that may not interest more
generalized stock photography agencies, increase their sales by working
within these constraints. [...]
I love using Google Image Search in my research,
and I am often fascinated at where the journey can take me, from
speaking to a small group of architectural researchers in Guatemala, to
entomologists studying Daddy Long Legs in Great Britain. However, for
my ease in licensing these rare and specific images, and for the ease
of image creators in getting their best stuff to researchers and
buyers, we should all be working together to make the possibilities
opened up by the Google Image Search technology to work for us all.
Christina also points out that "when I get stuck finding a source, I often turn to another one
of my favorite new search methods, Google Scholar (scholar.google.com),
a search engine of scholarly journals. It can show me specific academic
articles and sources on a wide range of subject matter from social
interactions in Gibbons to fetal brain tissue implants to treat
After the launch of iStockphoto here´s another cool idea (Snap-Send-Sell) "to bridge the gap between amateur photographer and picture
As Kyle MacRae/Glasgow-based Scoopt writes, "this week sees the launch of Scoopt, the first picture agency ... set up specifically and exclusively to help amateur 'citizen reporters' sell the pics they take on their cameraphones to the media."
The website continues:
With so many of the public armed with cameraphones, real people
could be taking pictures that the press simply aren't there to catch.
There have been plenty of examples already of hobbyist photographers
taking pictures that make the front page, but cameraphones now mean so
many more people are in a position to get the scoop snap.
That's where our experience comes in. If you catch a scoop like
this, we can make sure that the right people see your picture quickly.
We will also ensure that you get a fair price for it. Sharing photos is
fun but selling a scoop can be seriously profitable. [...]
Scoopt is a media agency that has been created specifically to help
members of the public sell photographs and videos of newsworthy events
to the press. We bridge the gap between amateur photographer – and by
'amateur', we means anybody with a digital camera or a cameraphone who
just happens to be in the right place at the right time – and picture
When you send Scoopt a photo, you automatically grant us an
exclusive worldwide license to market that photo for a period of six
months. During this six-month period, you agree not to publish the
photo anywhere else. When the six months are up, the license becomes
[Update June 9, 2004: Forget it. There is no way to re-open over 300 posts and reassigning new categories to the old posts. So these new categories only work with future posts or some very important old posts which had been adjusted. Try the Google Search instead. Sorry]