There’s no doubt about it, TinEye is a great find for image use:
TinEye is a reverse image search engine. It finds out where an image came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or if there is a higher resolution version.
TinEye claims to be responsible for ‘changing the face of media search’. It claims to do for images what Google does for text. I don’t know about you but I’ve been waiting for something like this for ages. Now you can locate your image on websites all over the internet.
Searching your image:
Instead of searching by keyword, you either upload an image from your computer or provide a link to that image. It only takes a few seconds for the results to appear. The first images listed are the ones which are the closest match to the searched image. As you go further down the list, you find edited images – interesting in itself.
You can compare any of the matched images to your image by clicking compare and then switch. In some cases it’s a colour/tone difference or else the image has been modified. The link under the image will take you to the page of the result. It’s great if you are looking for a different size, eg a better resolution.
There is an option to share the image via Twitter, Facebook, email or an extensive list of other ways. I’m so spoiled with sharing options that when I’m unable to share easily I get really frustrated.
With TinEye you can sort the order of your search by:
- best match
- most changed
- biggest image.
You can also install browser plugins if you like.
If you register with TinEye you can contribute to the forum. I have a feeling this site will be growing, and I wonder how many copy-cat sites will be created now.
Have a play! I’m going to think about educational possibilities using the TinEye image search. As always the technology opens up to options powered by human imagination and innovation.
Recently I came across this TED talk by co-founder of Getty Images, Jonathan Klein. Jonathan Klein talks about how images have the power to shed light on understanding, to transcend borders, religions, and to provoke us to take action. It’s a powerful talk using powerful images.
Although we’ve used images as communication since the beginning of time, it seems that our use of images has increased with services like YouTube, Flickr and other image-sharing applications. The internet enables easy access to images through online museums, image libraries and image-based search engines.
How much more powerful and persuasive is a cleverly created film compared to a similar text?
Currently this advertisement is showing on TV; I think it’s very clever.
And how amazing is it to see a video of historical event?
What’s an example of powerful imagery or film that you’d like to share?
Filed under media, photos
Google’s new experimental Similar Images feature in Google Labs has improved image searching with the addition of ‘similar images’, allowing you to narrow your search and change your mind on the fly. Have a look here. It’s in its experimental stages.
I searched ‘school’ and, predictably, got all types of ‘school’ images.
What I specifically wanted was images of classroom interiors so I clicked on ‘similar images’ under the one result.
I think this is an easy way to get rid of unwanted results and refine your search.
What do you think?
Can you guess what these pictures are? Leave your guesses in the comments section.
who says you can't get a camel through the eye of a needle
I found this amazing microminiature work of art on the blog, Uncertain times.
This is the astonishing work of Nikolai Aldunin.
You can’t help thinking, as one commenter observed, it’s really a big world full of many wonders. I’m wondering, as I trawl through so many examples of creativity, thanks to internet exposure – are these people creative because of their education or despite it?