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As we all know, the Internet is the absolute best resource for any photographer. The ability to instantly share, view and learn on the web is unparalleled. But did you know that your browser could even be keyed up to feed your photo addiction? If you happen to be using Firefox, then you should! Here are 7 free Firefox plugins that are perfect for the photography addict.
IEXIF – IEXIF is a free Firefox plugin which allows you to view the camera data for any image that has it. This is useful for the photographer who sees an image and thinks “wow, I’d really like to know how to re-create this effect.” Trouble is, EXIF data is commonly stripped from a photo during post processing, so there may be some limitations to this plugin. The determined or creative photography enthusiast, however, should have no problems!
DreamsTime.com Photography Finder – This plugin is a type of search for graphics and photos from the DreamsTime website. It’s a quick and easy way to find stock photography when you need it, without all the hassle of opening yet another tab. The only limitation with this addon is it only searches the DreamsTime site, not the whole web.
TinEye – TinEye is another search plugin. But unlike most of your “typical” search plugins, TinEye is made specifically for photos. To use, simply right-click on the image and a menu opens to allow you to find not only where the picture originated, but also if modified and higher resolution versions exist. This is a very powerful tool that no addict should be without.
Browser Backgrounds – With this one, you can add any photo you’d like from your PC or the internet and set it as your browser background. This is a great way to customize your browser with your favorite photography work. Talk about inspiration on demand!
ImageExchange – ImageExchange is a plugin which will let you quickly discover an image’s license properties. Learn if an image is open for use or who you can contact to license any image you wish for lots of creative reasons. It’s a great tool to use in conjunction with the Google image search, as you practically have the whole Internet in pictures at your disposal.
The Ultimate Free Stock Photo Search Tool – plugin has a very large name to live up to and luckily, it does so very well. With this addon, you can very easily search for free stock images from over 200 stock image websites. It isn’t just limited to photos, either. You can find clipart, vectors, and many more types of images with this free tool. This I perfect for so many reasons!
Nachofoto – Think of Nachofoto as Digg for your favorite images. These bookmarks of your favorite images are organized in a visual view, so you can come back and sift through them much more easily. The best part of organizing these “in the cloud” is your collection can be accessed from any computer, anywhere.
Whether it’s to search for, share or simply enjoy photos on a constant basis, a customized Firefox browser is the perfect options for us addicts.