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Google Drive adds 5,000 new stock photos

Google has recently added 5,000 stock photo images to Google Drive. Under the image search box, Google notes that the images are all “labeled for commercial reuse with modification”, which makes me think they can also be used for other projects created outside of Google Drive?

To access the images:

  • Create a new file in Google Drive
  • Use the INSERT–>; IMAGES option from the editing toolbar
  • Select the SEARCH option

In addition to the new set of Stock Photos, the Google Drive image search also provides easy access to images from Life and regular Google Image searches.

(via: Classroom Tech Tools

Jetpack Carousel

Just a quick test of the updated Carousel slide show feature in Jetpack.  Click on any thumbnail to go to the Carousel powered slide show.  Carousel turns any standard WordPress photo gallery into a full screen, easy to browse slide show. Viewers can leave comments on individual images and EXIF data can be included if desired.

These are a few of the photos that I took during a visit to the Sello Library in Espoo, Finland in May 2012.

Flickr’s “People in Photos” feature

flickr face featureA couple of weeks ago, flickr added an option to help identify people in your photos. On the right side of the photo page, right near where the Tags feature is, you’ll now find the “add a person” option. Click on that and just type in the person’s name or email address, matching flickr user names will appear. Sure, flickr users have often used names as regular tags to identify people, but it could be hard to figure out which name to use. For example, am I pollyalida? polly farrington? pollyalidafarrington?

What I didn’t notice till yesterday was the ability to outline the person’s face on the photo. Just click and drag a box around someone’s face and you get an option to add a note or a person’s name. Just like face tagging in Facebook.

Want to find all the photos of someone? Just substitute their username in this URL:

Don’t like the idea of people adding your name to photos? There’s an option for that in your Privacy Settings. You can prevent anyone from using the new “people tags”, but that doesn’t prevent someone from adding your name to the regular tags. So I guess some of the really awful pictures of me are out there to stay!

Galleries on Flickr

Flickr has a new galleries feature that lets you create sets of up to 18 photos around any idea, theme or concept you find interesting. This encourages you to explore other people’s photos and search beyond just your own contacts photos for interesting content.

My first thought was that it will help me organize some of the photos I’ve added to my favorites. I ‘fave’ lots of photos and then have trouble finding them again. Galleries might help with with this. (anyone else have great ways of organizing favorited photos?)

The limit of 18 photos encourages flickr members to act as “curators” and gather the best work representing a theme. Seems like a great presentation method for a school project.

Thanks to ShellyS for adding one of my photos to her Simply Awesome gallery or I might have missed this new feature!

Get more info from flickr galleries help.

Have some PhotoFunia

PhotoFunia: Pick from around 100 photo effects, upload your photo and have some fun. Their face recognition software does a great job of inserting your face into the scene.

That’s me, rocking out. And no I never had a bubble do!
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And my Face Your Manga avatar as graffiti.

It’s Friday, have some fun.

Fun READ posters from the “If the light’s on, we’re home…” library

The kids and teens at the  Stillwater (NY) Free Library have a created a great set of READ posters as part of their summer reading program. Great example of a fun, creative project on a budget! And don’t you love the libraries motto? “If the light’s on, we’re home.”