Getty Images has something of a reputation as a copyright maximalist. The company’s representatives have testified before Congress and pushed for copyright expansion in the past. It’s also well known for filing copyright lawsuits on those it claims…
Daily, I scour the web for images that I can use for various blog entries. More often than not, I end up gazing at some photos of amazing landscapes or some other thing totally unrelated to what I need. There’s no denying it – images do tend to enrapture people, especially if a talented person is behind them.
Photos serve a million purposes, but whatever your reason may be for wanting or needing photos that aren’t yours, you are in luck today. I’ve put together a list of photo sites where you can find – or search for – photos and images.
As you can surmise from the title, these photo sites are not part of the usual suspects list. Don’t expect to find Google Image Search, Flickr, and Photobucket here. We all know they work excellently, but if you are looking to expand your photo sites horizon, these five names should be in your radar.
With more than 3 billion pictures indexed, picsearch is obviously set out to impress. (I got the number of zeroes in the home page right, didn’t I?) You can easily search from the home page with whatever keyword you want to use, and you can also set parameters to narrow your search: colors, size, orientation, and type (animations, faces). I’d recommend picsearch highly for school children who use the Internet for homework (which is practically everyone), as there is absolutely no adult content indexed. That should make parents feel better.
The Internet has been called many things, but I am sure that “ultimate time waster” will be at the top of the most frequently used adjectives for this wonderful thing that can make anyone an expert with some clicking and a few hours of reading. Then again, what is wasted time for one person may very well be a brilliant learning experience for another. It’s all in the perspective, yes?
And if you are the type who believes that experiencing beauty is a worthwhile experience no matter what, you will not mind wasting your time on “This Is Now”, a web site that jumps into the Instagram bandwagon, but in a way that goes beyond what others have done.
Taking photos is easy, especially with the high tech cameras one can easily purchase these days. You just turn the device on, point, and then shoot.
Taking awesome photos is a totally different story, though. I don’t know how those guys do it – they must have a special gift within them that they have nurtured and honed over the years. While it is true that the subject does have a huge role to play, there must be something else that makes certain photos as powerful as they are.
National Geographic has a photo of the day section, and true to their reputation, they showcase only the best that one can see. ((National Geographic Photography))
When I first saw this photo, I told myself, “Forget the old saying that pictures say a thousand words!” This photo goes beyond that. It takes the need for words away. It inundates you with all the words you know. It just is amazing.
This photo was taken in Namibia by Frans Lanting, and it shows camel thorn trees in Namib-Naukluft Park. It looks like a painting that only a master can create, but it is a photo!
This one is of the Aurora Borealis in Iceland and is taken by Olgeir Andresson. Doesn’t that make you want to hop onto a plane and go see it with your own eyes?
Taken in California (Bodega Head) by David Liittschwager, this photo of sea grass atop rocks with the lone starfish at the center is nothing less than awesome.
Aren’t these lovely images to take with you over the weekend?
The family that prays together stays together. Isn’t that cute? You see pictures of families going to church, celebrating the holidays. There are even a few of these photographs where the whole family went on a beach, had some fun time in Disneyland, and threw in a party for Junior. These and a lot of other stories are worth remembering.
Well, surprise, surprise. The Internet not only allows you online photo-sharing, blogging, and video-posting, but also brought these three (and other online features) together to bring you a revolution in online networking. Let’s meet some “Family Websites,” shall we?
First in line is FamilyLobby, where you can create your own family’s private website. Family friendly and easy to use, FamilyLobby has one goal in mind: to “help keep you and your family together, no matter how far apart you may be.”
Browsing through its sample websites, I can say that it can be easily personalized. For one, the website can contain links such us your family tree, journal, chatroom, and of course, photos and videos. Also, you can add in news and calendar of events of what your family might be into, and further remind them that you will be holding a party if the schedule slipped off their minds. Further, you can allow registry of other people who happen to pass by, acting as an online networking website, too. And lastly, it’s free!
Next up is MyFamily. Similar to the one above, MyFamily has these following features among others: What’s New (updates on the website), Photos, Videos, Trees, Events, and People (or contacts). Added to its long roster of features are Discussions, SnapGenie, and Files. Discussions seemingly act as the family’s online dinner chat, where stories and opinions travel across from different ends of the table. SnapGenie is a storyteller in a way. It allows recordings of people’s voices (via phone and Internet’s technology). You just type in your phone number as well as the number of the relative you are calling, and MyFamily will store your conversation for the rest of the family to hear, be it reminiscing the love between your grandparents, or a greeting from a loved one who happened to travel to a different country. The Files section is just it. You can store files for your family to download or look at.
MyFamily has three membership levels. First is, of course, the free level. After a year of using the website, you can see your videos and photos. However, it will take a while before you can access them. Paying $29.95 a year gives you a Gigabyte per month of storage for your files, be it a photo or a video, while paying $99.95 a year maximizes your storage to 10 Gigabytes per month, plus options to customize your website.
Third that I found is TheFamilyPost. It allows you to build a very flashy family website in an instant! It has a tabbed interface with contents like the other two, from photos to videos, calendar to history, to even a directory. To liven things up, it also included a My Kids tab to display personalized websites of your children, and a Newsletter and a Message Board tab to discuss things and update other relatives of the latest family info.
After a year of free trial, TheFamilyPost can allow you unlimited photos and videos once you become their premium member, for only $5.50 a month or $60.50 a year.
Finally, the Internet has a way to put your whole family in the virtual world. Just be a little watchful and secured, because it is your family that’s being registered in the cyberspace, not just you.