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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Find (and Share) Free Photos Fast

Anne Davis at TechNews signposted this internet search engine for finding free-to-use stock photographs and images. She wrote...

Yotophoto is a search engine for finding free-to-use stock photographs and images. There are different licenses with different restrictions, but all images are free. They've indexed over 100,00 images. I like that you can see the licensing immediately when the pictures are displayed. conducted an interview with Mark Thompson, the founder of Yotophoto. He stated that "The idea was to unify the disjointed collections of free images on the web. There are so many of these excellent resources on the internet but they can be difficult to find, and to search."

True indeed. It can be difficult to know not only where to get images, but which ones are OK to use. So Yotophoto could be very useful for finding pictures to use in your learning resources. But what about sharing your own images too…?

It just so happens that you can freely do this too. You can find and share images using Aclearn’s Community Learning Educational Image Library which is also chock full of images for the Adult and Community Learning sector.

It's aim is to:

“…create and provide a free educational image library which is built and based on images taken by community learning practitioners and learners. The images are compressed so their file size is small; meaning they can be used on web pages, word documents etc, without creating massive files. It will not only celebrate the use of digital images in educational resources or as a legitimate e-learning tool, but also encourage and promote a free sharing culture - in effect a resource built by community learning practitioners - for community learning practitioners….”

If you are a UK community learning practitioner, you can register for a free account. Once registered, you can log in and create and edit your own image album[s] and upload your own images.

So if you’re a budding photographer or you (or your learners) have any good digital photos tucked away, why not set up an album - it could be a perfect way to display and share!

(The images of the two cameras above were taken from Yotophoto and the Community Learning Educational Image Library respectively.)