Have you ever heard of something called a reverse image search? If you're really adept at technology, especially as it relates to things like photographs and the internet, you might have even done a few of these types of searches yourself. If you're not so well-versed in these types of things, there's a better than average chance that you're wondering what a reverse image search even is. Not surprisingly, it can be quite beneficial if you know how to do it properly. That said, it's important to know a little bit about the background so you can understand why it might help you to conduct such a search in the first place. Knowing how to do a reverse image search allows you to find photos and images that are similar to the one you're looking at. In short, performing such a search enables you to find similar photos that you may not otherwise be able to find. If you want, you can even break that down a little further and search a particular image within the photograph itself. Below are 10 reasons why doing such a search could prove beneficial. Some of them are rather obvious, but there are a few of them that will probably surprise you.
1. Find images faster
When you want to find a particular picture on the internet, it can be a daunting task, to say the least. You may know certain details about the photograph that you're looking for, such as where this photo was taken and even what date it was taken on. Perhaps you know the name of the person in the photograph that you're searching for, yet you type all of that information in and you simply don't get anywhere with it. if you manage to miss a keyword somehow, it's possible that this could happen. Using the reverse image search can help you find the image you're looking for faster and it can also save you a lot of headaches in the process. Say the image involves someone singing at an event. If you can find a similar photo and do a reverse image search of that particular photograph, you might be able to find the one that has been so elusive through that particular method. Better still, it may only take you a few minutes to do so.
2. It’s versatile
When you're using a reverse image search, you can do it one of two different ways. You can click on the search tab from a photograph that you have already found online which is similar to the one you're looking for and then hope that the photograph you're trying to find shows up. On the other hand, you can upload a photograph using your smartphone or tablet and then conduct the search directly from the photograph that you've uploaded. Therefore, it's a great option when you're having trouble finding a photo that you really need and you feel like you've spent as much time as you can spend looking for it in the more traditional manner.
3. It works when other methods don’t
Another reason that you might need to do a reverse image search is because it might be the only way you can find the photograph that you need to find. This is a method that tends to work when others don't. As a result, it often gets results when you feel like you've exhausted virtually every other avenue.
4. The photo you need isn’t widely available
When some photos are published on the web, they end up almost everywhere, even to the point that you see them repeatedly when you're not even looking for them. Unfortunately, that doesn't happen with every photo. Some of them fall through the cracks. For one reason or another, they're less popular, so they don't show up as much. If you need to find a photo in this category, a reverse image search might be your only hope.
5. It can save you money
Instead of spending a ton of money looking for a particular image, you can use Google's reverse image search in order to find exactly what you're looking for without spending a dime. At a time when the economy is forcing people to be pushed to their limits financially, anything that doesn't cost money is a plus.
6. You can use it to check up on people
You can also use a reverse image search to make sure that people are telling the truth. Unfortunately, people do sometimes have a tendency to lie on social media profiles and things of that nature. Using a reverse image search allows you to track individuals more effectively so you can tell if their profiles are honest or if they're simply uploading images at random from the internet and making up a persona that is very different from who they are in real life. In short, you can use this method to find out if the person that you're considering hiring for your business is honest or if they're telling you a bunch of lies through their social media pages.
7. Authenticate artwork
Surprisingly, you can also use it to authenticate artwork. If someone uploads a picture and claims that the artwork is an original piece, you can use a reverse image search to discover whether it actually is or if it's merely a copy of something else that already exists. You might be surprised how effective it really is at finding fake artwork.
8. Find the location of a photo
Have you ever been on a social media site like Pinterest and seen a photo of a location that was so stunningly beautiful it almost took your breath away, yet there was absolutely no information whatsoever about the location of the photo? If you're like most people, you find this annoying in the extreme. Fortunately, you can use a reverse image search to find the location of that photo. Who knows, you might have just found your new favorite vacation spot.
9. Find a new place to live
By the same token, you can do the exact same thing when you see a photograph of a neighborhood or an apartment complex that isn't labeled. If it strikes your fancy and you decide you want to know more about living there, simply conduct a reverse image search to find out where it is and go from there.
10. Find out who is in the photo
Maybe you have an old photo of someone, but the photo isn't labeled and you don't know who that person is. There is a chance that you can use this particular method to find out who is in the photo that you're looking at. If you're really lucky, you'll even be able to get some background information about the photo itself, such as the date and location where it was taken.
Written by Dana Hanson
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