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Old 07-28-2019, 09:29 AM   #1
Andrew B.
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Default Image search engines

I imagine you are all aware of Google Image search. People who want to see if/where their photo is being used by others can do a search here. For some reason this kind of search is called "reverse search" even though there is nothing more reverse about it than typing a phrase and looking for matches.

The way Google searches is pretty nit-picky. If there is a slight alteration to your photo (such as a site logo being added) Google will most likely give it a pass. But Google is not the only game in town.

1. Tineye can find photos even if a logo has been added or other small changes have been made. And, of course, this assumes your photo has already been scanned by its Internet crawler.

2. Bing is weird. I'm never sure what it is doing. It seems blend different search methods into "one size fits all." Sometimes it does face recognition nd finds the same person in different photos and also gives me information about that person. Other times it comes up with similar color moods and patterns. I'm not sure if I've ever matched the actual photo. Maybe I don't remember. And although what it does is unpredictable, it can be very useful when its goals and mine coincide. I wish there was a why I could control this and specify face only or photo only. It already has a way to specify pattern match, and even pattern match in part of a photo.

3.Pimeyes does only face recognition, and the free version is not very rewarding. I briefly joined to see how well it works and its face matching was impressive. The times it found no match I could not tell if it was a weakness in detection or the fact that it seems to only be hitting a relatively small number of sites.

   
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