SEARCH FOR IMAGES
COMPLETE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SEARCH FEATURE
How to use keywords to search for images:
Using the keyword search is by far the fastest way to find the images you are looking for. But knowing how to use the keyword search effectively helps even more. Our images typically have nearly 100 keywords per image. This can help you narrow your image selection down if you use it well or it can make it harder if you don't.
First make note that the search is not case sensitive. You do not need to capitalize the words if you don't wish to, but if you do the keyword search will still find it.
When you use just one word for a search, the results tend to be quite overwhelming. We suggest using more than one word to narrow your search. For instance, if you are looking for a photo of a lone flower in a field, if you search only for "flower" you will get photos of just flowers as well as flowers in a planter box in front of a building or a person holding a bouquet of flowers. To narrow this search we would suggest using "Flower but not building, but not people, but not animal.
You may also use a natural language complete sentence such as "woman in canoe with dog". This will translate to the search engine as "woman AND canoe AND dog".
Using Search Separators to Narrow your Keyword Search
Your best search results will happen when you use more than one keyword. If you use keywords separated by "and" (e.g., man and fishing) your search will return only those images that contain both of the keywords "man" and "fishing". Therefore, no photos of women or photos without a person will show up. If you use keywords separated by "or" (e.g., boating or fishing) your search will return images that contain either of the keywords "boat" or, "fishing". If you use keywords separated by "but not" (e.g., fishing but not fly) your search will return only those images that contain the keyword fishing in which "fly" does not appear. So no fly fishing images will appear. To really narrow your search use more keywords that will narrow the search. For instance: "man fly fishing in canoe and silhouette" will only give you images of just that, a man fly fishing with a canoe that is in silhouette. Where as "fly fishing in canoe but not silhouette" will give you images of men OR women fly fishing with a canoe but no silhouettes.
Search by Category:
On the left side, use the drop-down list to search by category. Searching by category will give you a broad selection of subjects in that list. If you are searching by Category, please note that you are searching both rights-managed and royalty-free images. In order to distinguish the two, images have the RF & RP icons underneath them.
Search by Catalog/Image Number
If you have seen an image in one of our catalogs or CDs, invoice or delivery memo, there is an image number printed underneath the image. Use that image number to find the image on the web site in order to easily download the image and make a "comp". Simply type in the image number exactly as it appears in the catalog or CD (A31-8 OR CS48-3 OR 1CD2134, 001AT AA0001 001 etc.) and press "search". Then double click on the image to get the preview size image.
Search by using Simple Phrases
In the keyword box you can search by using simple phrases such as: "grizzly bear fishing in water" and it will bring up just that, bears that are fishing in water. The search engine will automatically use "and" between the keywords.
Viewing Larger Images:
To view a larger, comp-size image, you first must register on our site. Once you are registered you simply click on the "magnifying glass icon underneath the image. This will also give you more information about the image including release information and keywords associated with the image.
More information about the image:
If you would like more information about an image such as: Photographer name, if the image is released, keywords, list other images by this photographer, simply click on the magnifying glass under the image or click on the image itself.
What does RF & RP Icon mean?
RF stands for Royalty-Free. Royalty-free images may be searched, purchased and downloaded anytime via the shopping cart ic on. These images may be used for almost any use*. (See our RF use license for complete details). RF images are priced at $69, $189 and $259 - each based on file size. See our RF Price List for more information.
RP stands for Rights-Managed. Alaska Stock controls the rights to these images to avoid conflicts with your competing clients using the same image. Images in this collection are licensed for your specific use during a specific period of time.
If you have more questions regarding the difference between our Rights-Managed Gold Collection and our Royalty-Free Alaskan Express Collection, please visit our Help page or give us a call.
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