Image Search By Google (Don't scream)

This just in. My colleagues over at Photo Archive News just posted an article on Google’s new image search.

Google say: “Whether you type, speak or upload a photo, once you’ve indicated what you’re looking for the next step in your search is to sift through the results and pick one. To make this faster, last year we introduced Google Instant, which gives you search results while you type. We estimated Google Instant saves you between two and five seconds on typical searches. But once you’ve picked a result, you click, and then wait again for the page to load—for an average of about five seconds.”

Read their article by clicking here

Watch the video right here:YouTube Preview Image

Read what A Photo Editor says about it by clicking here

But what I really want to know is what you think about this? Good or bad for our industry. Theft made easy or a better way to find more original content?


  1. says

    Thanks for posting this. It’s a good news bad news type of thing I think. I tried it and it works like a charm, better then TinEye. However, within about 5 minutes I was ticked off by the number of people who were offering my image for a free download for wallpaper. From a photographer or artists point of view this is a great tool but will also be very frustrating. There’s not much you can do about theft without spending a lot of time chasing people. Sometimes it’s better just not knowing…..

  2. says

    Interesting Video. I’m wondering if Google would at least require that the photographer of an image be at least credited for the image if not paid a small royalty. The photographer’s name and contact info should always be available part of the metadata..when an image is put into circulation….otherwise there is no commercial or advertising value to anything that is put on line.How can anyone make a living in this industry ?

  3. says

    Good and bad. Interestingly enough Bing has a similar tool and Google, Bing and Tineye all give me different results.

    Frustrating yes as most of my images are being abused, not just by gazillions of Blogspot blogs, but also by commercial companies.

    At least this will generate a new business: helping photographers reclaim license fees and damages.