Suspect someone may have stolen your photo? Or are you trying to track down the photographer who authored a photo?
The quickest, easiest way to do this is with a Google Reverse Image Search.
Fire up your Google Chrome web browser and navigate to the image in question.
Ah, here’s one, that narcissist Johnny Martyr taking a photo of himself again:
Right click on the image (if you’re using a Mac, invest in a Windows style mouse!) and a drop down menu appears. Select “Search Google for image”
Then Google, with all its algorithmic wisdom finds all visually similar images and any images with matching metadata in its servers.
And as it turns out, nobody is using my image but me and I somehow bear a striking resemblance to Jason Seagle, another wedding photog out of Atlanta. Hey Jason!
As well as Jane Mansfield as she is admired by Sophia Loren.
Okay, so these results were pretty silly but Google Reverse Image Search is actually very handy. I have used it to find numerous instances of unlicensed use of my work as well as to track down artists whose work has become so ubiquitous that their names are no longer attached to it online. Another really great use for Reverse Image Search is to verify articles and business sites.
Last year, a business in the UK used a photo that I took of a 1940’s Ford truck in their advertising for chrome refinishing. Probably not a great representation of their business if they don’t feature actual clients’ photos. And not cool of them to profit from my photography without permission!
This is a good case to be made for embedding your photos with personalized metadata such as your name and copyright information. This data will feed Reverse Image Search and increase its effectiveness, assuming your “admirer” does not strip the data.
When I see an out of the ordinary number of impressions on one of my photos, I will often do this Google image search and sometimes find that the image got picked up, aka used without my permission, on a blog or article. Sometimes the “admirer” is kind enough to provide a backlink and/or credit. And sometimes not. This and the context in which my photo was used determine if I contact the “admirer” or not and how friendly I am. What to do once you have found your photograph has been used without permission is of course, up to you!
There are numerous other Reverse Image Search services. Even Google has a few different ways to perform one
Then there’s sites like
which, I think, have been around longer than this nifty Google utility and will provide different results.
So there you go. I hadn’t expected to use so many words in quotes when I started this post but there you have it, a useful way to find photographs on the internet!
Thanks for reading and let me know if you have any other methods for finding images online!