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How to get (almost) any istock photo for free

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by 80085, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. 80085

    80085 Registered Member

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    Just a quick easy way I would like to share with you all to get just about any istock photo for free and in under a minute.

    Step 1: Find an image you want on istockphoto and go to the page where you would add the image to your cart
    Step 2: Right click on the image (with watermark) and select "copy image url"
    Step 3: Go to Google and paste and search for the image url
    Step 4: Select "search by image" which should be above any displayed search results
    Step 5: Find the desired image size you want in the results, click on the image to visit the website using the image, and save the image from the source.

    Enjoy!
     
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  2. Techxan

    Techxan Elite Member

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    Or you could use the TINEYE extension for your browser, right click on the image, and tell Tineye to find it.

    Still dont have the rights to use the image though.
     
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  3. fanatic4k

    fanatic4k Junior Member

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    I think they still have watermarks on them?
     
  4. skipadoo

    skipadoo Newbie

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    Thanks for the tip. It works with Veer photos too.
     
  5. jason2009

    jason2009 Senior Member

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    Nice trick. It will help my project. Thanks
     
  6. pathart

    pathart Senior Member

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    Thanks for the tips guys, I love tinyeye and use it alot, great for finding pictures without their watermarks.
     
  7. trance92071

    trance92071 Senior Member

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    yeah i am sure the tineye trick is shared in the Jr VIP section....
     
  8. MixerDJ

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    Most of photos not in large format
     
  9. ventr

    ventr Newbie

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    Nice trick. But how much risk does it involwe with rights to use image? Or is it negligible and no stock will care for coupld of pics?
     
  10. byne12

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    wow... nice trick
     
  11. Enklave

    Enklave Senior Member

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    This is not legal at all...if someone purchased the image and used it at own website, that's fine. But somebody else then stole it and insert it to his website. Now you'll find this stolen image on google and use it as well. Basicaly you stole it even if you think you didn't
     
  12. ice41

    ice41 Power Member

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    I've seen some bad things because of this, be careful guys!
     
  13. UrsuAke

    UrsuAke Power Member

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    Before Google image search there was tineye.com. Good share for the noobs tho :).
     
  14. rambolife

    rambolife Regular Member

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    Pretty well known.. just be careful from their lawsuit :}
     
  15. Techxan

    Techxan Elite Member

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    You should try to buy the images you need. If you accidentally use an image by someone like Getty images, you will get a bill for the use at worldwide distribution rates, and the will sue the snot out of you to get it. If it is celebrity, the odds skyrocket that you will get found out.

    Don't think for a minute you will get away with it. You may for a while, you may never get caught, or you may finally get to making money with our site, and suddenly get sued for all your profit. If you get sued, you will lose the case, too.
     
  16. JrNation109

    JrNation109 Junior Member

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    As a PRO photographer here who makes a living traveling the country I strongly suggest against this! Photographers who sell on iStock and stuff like that are almost certain to have copyright on the images since it's so easy to file for the copyright. I often scan the net using free software to find out where my images have been stolen and used. Some of you may know already, but images actually contain a ton of text and information in them so I can find most of my images within seconds and I have over 500gb worth.

    Long story short, you are opening yourself to a ton of issues by doing this. You should expect a lawsuit at some point if you steal images from well known sites. Photographers are not like record labels; use their stuff without paying and you WILL get sued. I understand most of you don't care and that's fine. I just wanted to give you my two cents from someone who actually makes a living doing photography.
     
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  17. Duffers5000

    Duffers5000 Elite Member

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    The method probably works but I would point out that I have seen hundreds of potentially good sites, spoiled by poorly sized or out of focus pictures. If the budget is that tight then you have to do what you have to do, but I highly recommend investing in a fotolia account and spending $35 on your site to make it look pro.
     
  18. JrNation109

    JrNation109 Junior Member

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    Another option too would be to just take your own pictures, it's not as hard as it look.
     
  19. Bosox3

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    Its not that hard to remove code that makes bigger companies track their image usage though.
     
  20. bennyb

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    Yeah ,
    there is a code alright. It's called meta data. And there are tons of free software online that removes all the meta data for example Free Metadata Removal Tool. One can find it at http://digitalconfidence.com/downloads.html Then good luck finding any of your images.

    You see if you and your colleagues didn't charge $29/image you would of had x100 times more sales. Make those images $3 and no one will bother using them illegally. Get greedy and get burned. Same as with everything else.
     
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