imgur — easy, no registration photo hosting.

Imgur_logo.svgimgur does one thing — photo hosting. But, it does it very well. You simply upload your photo and use it on your web page.

Imgur seems almost too good to be true. It allows you to upload your image, without registration, which the site says will never be deleted.

Imgur accepts JPEG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, BMP, PDF files, which should include any type of graphic you’ve created. Any files, besides JPG, will be converted to PNG, which should not be a problem since PNG files are standard for web browsers. Nicely, Imgur also accepts XCF files which are native to the open-source GIMP photo editing program. I’m not aware of any other hosting service that allows this.

Bottom line: a very easy way to post a photo with no registration.


Tool: imgur.com

Description: photo hosting with no registration

License: Open Ethos

Alternatives: Flickr, Tinypic, many others

Usefulness: very

tinypic — quick and easy photo and video hosting.

This photo was uploaded July 8, 2015.
This photo was uploaded July 8, 2015.

tinypic.com-logoThere several good free photo hosting sites but it’s a real time-waster for your students to create accounts. tinypic will host your students’ photos and videos with no registration or hassle.  tinypic is the free version of PhotoBucket which is a flagship photo hosting site.

A convenient feature of tinypic is that it provides the linking code for HTML and other common formats. And, it lets you link directly without advertisements. tinypic allows you to upload a photo directly from your phone via email (a feature I didn’t test).

There are better choices if you need your image to last for years since tinypic keeps your students’ images for only 90 days.  Even so, this should be fine for class assignments.


Original Video – More videos at TinyPic

 

Another potential downside is that all images are public but the odds of anyone stumbling across your photo are probably minimal. Photos are limited to 1600 pixels on the longest side and videos are limited to five minutes. If you submit larger items, they are automatically reduced.

The bottom line: tinypic is a super-easy way to post photos and videos for sort-term projects.


Tool: tinypic.com

Description: photo and video hosting with no registration

License: Open Ethos

Alternatives: Flickr, Imgur, many others

Usefulness: very

Getty Open Content Program — free photos of fine art

Getty Logo

 

 

 

The Getty Museum provide high quality public domain images of their collection available with virtually no restrictions (attribution is requested.)   Kudos to the Getty Trust for their dedication to open content — an effort that more appropriately should be led by publicly funded museums.   Getty_screenshot

Currently Getty provides over 87,000 public domain images which can be found on the Getty Search Gateway with the “Open Content Images” filter selected.

Click on the image below to see the excellent documentation that comes with each image.

Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program.
Digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a fantastic contribution to the open information movement.  Thank you Getty Trust!

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tool:   Getty Open Content Program
Description:  Public domain photos of the Getty art collection.
License: Public domain with attribution requested.
Alternatives: Wikimedia Commons
Rating: very useful

 

Yahoo Image Search — for Creative Commons photos

Can we lecture our students about ethical use of media when we teachers just grab “All Rights Reserved” pictures off the internet?
Fortunately, Yahoo has a filter for Creative Commons licensed photos.
The filter is easy to miss, since it is tucked away at the bottom left-side of the screen after you do an image search.   But, once found, it’s as easy as a click to use.

  
In my “PowerPoints” I add a last page giving credit for the photos, saying “Photos Used With Permission”.  In my mind, this is part of the teaching process.

Tool:Yahoo image search, for Creative Commons photos.
Description: Photos licensed for sharing.
License:  Creative Commons
Alternatives: Wikimedia Commons, Flickr
Rating: very useful