Last week we looked at places to get free images to add to our collections. This week, I wanted to show you how to use Compfight, a tool that searches for images across both Flickr and iStockPhoto as well as PhotoDropper, a WordPress plugin.
Compfight-Search for Images on the Web
I like this search tool because it’s clean and easy to use. Below is a screenshot of the search page. Love all the open space. So many other image search engines I looked at have blinking, changing and intrusive ads that make it hard to know where to type in my search.
Compfight was easy to use – just type in some keywords of the image you’re looking for and almost instantly you’ll be taken to a page of results.
The results come back and you’ll quickly know which photo is from iStock and which is from Flickr. The Flickr photos have a blue band at the bottom of each image. Hover over any image and you’ll see the size. I’ve found most are more than adequate for any use. For blog use, be sure to reduce the size before inserting in your post. This is easily done in the media library area of WordPress.
For those of us who struggle with licensing issues and figuring out if it’s OK to use a certain image on our sites, Compfight makes it pretty easy to figure out the different licensing lingo. Just click the image below to be taken to explanations of the different licensing options.
Don’t Miss Feature
If you’re looking for a commercial, or creative commons license, Compfight makes it easy to select one before you start your search. Selecting the ‘Commercial’ will return results/images that can be used for commercial uses. When you find an image in this category, clicking on it will further give you more information on how exactly to make attribution to the work (if necessary). I found this feature to be valuable. When you return to Compfight, it’ll remember your previous choice, so keep that in mind.
PhotoDropper – WordPress Plugin
I found PhotoDropper while doing my research. This is a plugin-only tool for users of WordPress. So you won’t be able to use it if you’re not using WordPress. I installed the PhotoDropper plugin because it will search for great images from within my post and I can choose a free image and it will put the correct attributions right in the post so I don’t have to do that work. What a great timesaver. At the site, you’ll find helpful videos that demo how to use this tool.
This site, Photosecrets, has great article that I’ve linked to that is a resource for finding great images and also finding plugin to use with WordPress. Be sure to check it out for options that may be better suited for your purposes.
That’s it for this week – leave a comment on your special image finds to share with everyone.