A photographer’s guide to reverse image search

Google Image Search

A photographer’s images are the result of hard work and dedication to get the perfect shots and an end result to be truly proud of. It’s no wonder that so many photographers choose to share their quality work online; whether that’s on social media, through their own website or on hosting platforms such as Tumblr.


It’s a whole other story when you discover that others have decided to use your images without your consent. It can feel like you’re grafting has been for nothing when anyone and everyone is able to take advantage of your images for their own benefit. However, there is a solution.


Find out all about how to protect images on your website with the reverse image search tool from Google. Discover where your images have been used without you being credited, or when they have been used in the context that you might not want them to be used for. This is a fantastic trick to know about to help prevent your work from being taken advantage of.


Where to find the reverse image search tool


The reverse image search tool is provided by Google and to access it, all you have to do is head to the Google Images homepage. The majority of browsers support reverse image search, including Safari, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Firefox.


Getting started with reverse image search


The process is ridiculously easy once you know what you are doing. Begin by searching for results of a specific image in one of four ways.


Image upload: You will see a camera icon in Google Images’ search bar. Simply click on the icon and select “upload an image” before choosing which image you are hoping to find results for.


Drag and drop: Drag the image from a folder on your computer and drop it into the Google Images’ search bar.


Search Google for image: Simply right click on an image on your website and click “search Google for image”.


Image URL: Find the image you are looking for results for. Right click and select “copy image URL”. From there, click on the camera icon in the search bar again and click “paste image URL”.


From there, you should be presented with Google’s results pages for images that either match yours or are very similar.


Find pages where your image has been used


Google will offer you a number of options on what to look for, including seeing results of the same image in different sizes, displaying sites with similar content, displaying pages with similar images, and showing sites with images that match yours.


It’s with these results that you will be able to click through to various pages and discover whether they are using your images. You can also check if they have credited you for them and if they are being used in a way that you are happy with.


From there, you can choose to contact the sites and inform them that you are the owner of the image. You can also decide whether to allow them to use the image as long as it is credited to you with a link back to your website, or whether you would like them to take it down.


Protect your work even further with protective cases and custom foam


It’s all well and good having your images protected online, but what about the equipment that goes into producing them in the first place? Our dustproof and waterproof protective cases are the ideal accessory for any photographer, to keep your photography kit secure and safe from harm. Take a look at our quality but affordable Dave 300 which is a popular choice with many photographers.


We also provide custom foam inserts that add further protection for your equipment. There’s nothing worse than travelling for a shoot, only to find your equipment damaged on your arrival. Invest in some custom foam inserts to maximise the protection you provide for your photography kit.


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