Bing Image Search Excels

Bing has raised the standard for image search on the web with recent improvements that provide more information and more leads. Use Bing Images as a starting point for your next query to get ideas and find relevant pages. Has excellent aids for refining the search, as well as filters on colour, layout, date, size and license.

Be inspired, learn more and do more through image search Bing Blogs (April 9)

Filtering images by usage rights

Google has at long last made it easier to filter a search for images according to usage license. Can access that from search options now – and not have to go into advanced search. Bing’s image search has had this feature for some time.

Google Image Search Adds Usage Rights To Search Tools
, Barry Schwartz, Search Engine Land (Jan 14)

But as Barry Schwartz warns, an image might seem to be available through creative common rights in error – check thoroughly before using.

Images from the British Library

A gift to all – British Library has uploaded 1 million scans of images from 17th to 19th century illustrations. They are in Flickr; various rights apply – some are free of copyright, others – full rights reserved. Can search by sets: e.g., maps, portraits, illustrated letters, Christmas. Find them at

British Library uploads a million archival images for free use, CBC (Dec 13)

The library’s goal was for anyone to “use, remix and repurpose” the enormous digital treasure trove of illustrations, maps, landscapes, paintings and decorative letters. It’s the first step in an interesting new plan that includes the launch of a new crowdsourcing application early next year to help describe what the images portray

Canadian Pacific Railway in British Columbia

History and railroad buffs will appreciate  The Canadian Pacific Railway Collection of digital photographs available from the Vancouver Public Library.  The 1,500 photos date from 1880s to 1950s.

These images provide a fascinating insight into the role of the railway in the development of the province. The pictures portray rural and urban railway stations; railway bridges that are true engineering feats reaching out across the challenging topography of the province; the workers who laid the tracks and manned the locomotives; the passengers who travelled on the railway; and a myriad of buildings, hotels, yards and ships, all of which were part of the Canadian Pacific Railway in British Columbia.

Google+ Online Photo Tools

Google has added strong  tools to Google + for online photo editing. Stephen Shankland describes them as sophisticated and responsive.  Tools are only available through Chrome. I wonder what this will mean for Picasa?

Google+ gets sophisticated array of photo editing tools
by Stephen Shankland, CNet (Sep 12)

The new tools open up a wide range of fine-tuning possibilities for the sort of person who might use consumer photo-editing tools like iPhoto or Photoshop Elements. You can tweak Google’s auto-enhance editing choices, edit the entire photo or selected parts of it, and apply a number of highly customizable filter effects.