7 Places & Ways to Find Copyright-friendly Images

from Free Technology for Teachers
Yesterday, I published a post about NASA contributing images to Flickr's Commons collection. The Commons is a great place to find images that are free of copyright restrictions. But, if The Commons doesn't have what you or your students need for a multimedia project, here are seven other places you can try your search.

external image Screen+shot+2010-08-30+at+9.34.20+PM.pngMorgue File provides free photos with license to remix. The Morgue File photo collection contains thousands of images that anyone can use for free in academic or commercial presentations. The image collection can be searched by subject category, image size, color, or rating. Morgue File is more than just a source for free images. The Morgue File also features a "classroom" where visitors can learn photography techniques and get tips about image editing.

external image Picture+3.pngWilliam Vann's EduPic Graphical Resource provides free photographs and drawings for teachers and students to use in their classrooms. Mr. Vann is an amateur photograph (a good one at that) and a teacher. Mr. Vann gives permission to teachers and students to use the images in any manner needed for instructional and learning purposes.
Animal Photos is a great source of Creative Commons licensed photos of animals. All of the photos are categorized by animal. Each image indicates the type of Creative Commons license associated with the picture. Animal Photos also offers advice on giving attribution for each photo.

external image world+imagesThe World Images Kiosk hosted by San Jose State University offers more than 75,000 images that teachers and students can use in their academic projects. All of the images can be used under a Creative Commons license that requires you to give proper attribution when necessary. You can find images by using the search box or you can browse through more than 800 portfolios and groups organized by subject.

external image Picture+4.pngPhotos 8 is a great place to find thousands of images that are in the public domain. These images can be used in any way that you and your students see fit. There are twenty-two categories of images of which the largest collections are of animals, birds, and sunsets.

external image google+imagesTo find images that can be reused and remixed use Google's Advanced Image search options. To use the usage rights filter option, select "advanced image search" on the main Google Images page. Once in the "advanced image search" page, you will find the usage rights options at the bottom of the page. In the usage rights menu you can select one of four options; "labeled for reuse," "labeled for commercial reuse," "labeled for reuse with modification," or "labeled for commercial reuse with modification."

external image Picture+5.pngYahoo Images has an option similar to Google's for finding Creative Commons licensed images. When you search for images using Yahoo's image search tool, you can select filters to refine results to show only images that are licensed under Creative Commons. The filters allow you to select filters for images that can be used for commercial purposes or images that are licensed for remixing and building upon.
Bonus: Public Domain Video Clips

external image Picture+12.pngFedFlix, hosted by the Internet Archive, is a collection of nearly 2000 films produced by the US government during the 20th Century. The topics of these films range from presidential speeches to agricultural practices to public health and safety. Some films are instructional in nature, for example there is a film for police officers on how to arrest someone. Other films are more informative in nature and some films are flat-out propaganda films. All of the FedFlix films are in the public domain so feel free to reuse and remix them as you and your students desire. The films can be downloaded or viewed online. Films can also be embedded into your blog or website.

Art Babble - Videos About Art

from Free Technology for Teachers
external image Screen+shot+2010-08-31+at+8.23.35+PM.pngArt Babble is a video website designed and maintained by the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The purpose of Art Babble is to provide a place for people to learn about the creation of art, artists, and collections through quality video productions. Visitors to Art Babble will find videos related to many forms of and formats for art. Browse the video channels and you'll find videos covering a wide array of topics including abstract art, European Art and Design, African Art, graphic design, glass, sculpture, surrealism, and much more.

Embedded below is a video from Art Babble about the art of Frank Gohlke.


I learned about Art Babble on Twitter, but I forgot to note who I first saw post it. If it was you that shared it with me, please let me know so I can credit you.

Applications for Education
Art Babble could be a great resource for anyone teaching art appreciation courses. Some of the videos on Art Babble could also provide the inspiration some students are looking for to get started on their own works of art.

Simple Diagrams - Free Diagram Creation Tool

external image Screen+shot+2010-07-16+at+9.26.00+PM.pngSimple Diagrams offers a free tool that anyone can use to create diagrams using a combination of clip art, text, and free hand drawings. Simple Diagrams provides a large selection of shapes and drawings that you can drag and drop into your diagrams. You can adjust the size of each element you place in your diagram. Any element can also be altered by using the pencil drawing tool. The pencil tool can also be used to create a drawing from scratch.

Big Bang Big Boom: Stop Motion Animation at Its Finest

from GeekDad

If you haven’t seen the latest effort from blublu.org then make sure you have a spare ten minutes before clicking play on the video embedded above. Released at the beginning of this month, this video took months and hundreds of buckets of paints to create. It is a “wall-animation”, but it is so much more and brings much laughter and amazement to the big bang theory. My two boys keep asking to watch it again and again.
You can check out other great animations from this artistic crew in the video section of their website.

Inside a Wave: Epic Photography by Clark Little

from Dark Roasted Blend
"Amazing photography" Andrew Dickinson

Monster Waves... Tricky Lighting... Astounding risk... Timeless Photographs.

"The Shorebreak Art of Clark Little" is nothing short of epic. Getting inside, over and under 30-40 foot waves is no small feat, especially with bulky camera equipment, and a goal of finding that perfect angle and lighting condition that makes a perfect shot.

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(all images copyright Clark Little, used with permission)

Clark Little is pretty well known today as the foremost shorebreak art photographer (his art has been seen on "Good Morning America", and featured in a number of glossy magazines all over the world). But as much as we like the fantastic shots of various wave' innards, we are even more impressed to see him pitched against dangerous, massive amounts of water - violent waves, where you only have a moment to make that shot and to get out of the harm's way.

With exclusive permission of Clark Little Photography we publish today the rarely-seen photographs of Clark Little heading with his camera into...

Into the Vortex!

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(Clark with his camera "inside" and "under" the waves)

Encounter with a Wave (almost alien-like in intensity, if you ask me):

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The Result: Out of This World

A glorious, almost Mandelbrot-like complexity is simply striking in this "Glitter" photograph (our favorite):

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Unusual, over-saturated colors show up inside crystal clear waves, reflecting kaleidoscopic world around them:

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There is also a place for pure abstraction, even psychedelic touches:

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This image is titled "The Twelve Disciples" - see if you can spot some faces inside that wave, too:

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Here is perhaps his most famous image: the wave's "mohawk", an amazingly colorful splash, featured recently inside National Geographic magazine:

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Another singular splash:

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Inside the belly of the beast: "The Twister" photograph shows what a violent wave is made of -

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Even in the absence of killer monster waves, the shorebreak art can look slightly alien... Here is the little "Frosty" guy:

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(all images copyright Clark Little)