Thursday, November 20, 2008

a parade of new online photo sources

This week, I learned about a parade's-worth of online photo resources you'll want to tap for your website or blog. First, Google announced it has uploaded an archive of 10 million photographs from the LIFE magazine archives, either produced or owned by the magazine; some were never published.

And share this with a graphic design colleague: From Idee labs, a tool that can search 10 million of the "most interesting" photographs on color. Click on the color spectrum map and choose up to 10 colors--or click one more than once to increase its prominence. All the photos have a Creative Commons license, and the search tool also works with a stock photography collection.

And speaking of licenses, the New York Times also offers this handy guide to using images that are in the public domain, to help you find eligible images and understand their copyright-free use. (Photo of the John F. Kennedy inaugural parade by Al Finn for LIFE)

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