Dark Side of the Lens

Finding photos the fun and easy way

As I photographer I just love looking at photos of all, well ok, almost all, kinds. Often I go hunting for photos to get ideas, or for images for the blog or other web sites I assist with (within copywrite limitations I hasten to add).

Until recently I used Google image search. It was ok, did the job, but that’s about all there is to say about it.

Then I discovered new formula Dazzle-Flash and my whites have never looked whiter!!! Oops, no, sorry, then I discovered this amazing add-on for Firefox (it also works in Flock, I.E. – I am not sure about other browsers).

It used to be called Piclens but has recently changed it’s name to Cooliris. It is my absolute fabourite add-on to Firefox, and I use heaps of them. Here is a very brief demo video from the Cooliris people.

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It makes searching for images 100 times faster and 200 times more fun.

When you find a thumbnail you like click on it to enlarge the image and you can then jump to the site the image is on. It really could not be easier.

So, go have a look. It takes about 10 seconds to add it to Firefox (a one click install) and it will change the way you hunt for photos. Here are a couple of links to help you get there (it is all free by the way):

Download Firefox here

Download the Cooliris add-on here

Have fun!



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