DMLAsearch

Welcome to DMLAsearch and the ability to take hours off your image search time. This amazing tool is simple to use, lightning fast and, unlike generic image search tools, our results contain only licensable content.

Aided by a predictive text menu and built-in disambiguation of homographs and capitonyms, you can now search dozens of still and motion archives in just seconds… and it’s free! If you are an image researcher, photo buyer or creative, you have just found your golden ticket!

Looking for a fresh source of stock imagery? Have a difficult research assignment and don’t know where to start? In a hurry? Try DMLAsearch. Brought to you by DMLA (the Digital Media Licensing Association) representing over 177 million images and growing!

“If you use Google to search for everything else in your on-line life, you really should be using DMLAsearch to seek out the best images on earth. It continually reminds you of dozens of sources that might have the image you seek, helping you keep out of the rut of using the same old source day after day. The blindingly fast two-column search result shows two views, the raw count per agency and the results as a percentage of an agency’s collection. This helps you see who has the true depth in the subject matter you are looking for. I love it!”

Christopher Bain
Photography Director
Sterling Publishing Company

So, what’s so unique about DMLAsearch? Well, a lot, but at its base function it’s really pretty standard. Photo buyers submit a keyword or term in the search box to locate the best choice of image to meet the need.

Where it starts to get interesting is that instead of immediately displaying a dizzying array of thumbnails to start scrolling through, DMLAsearch first returns two columns of results. On the left is a list of agency libraries ranked in descending order for the total number of images found in each. On the right there is a column of libraries ranked by the relative percentage of images in relation to the total collection. This ranking implies that these archives offer specialty content and more likely images that are most relevant to the buyers search.

A good example of this is entering the term: “disability.” Ranked by the quantity of images that match this term, Alamy lists over 43,000 images. agefotostock comes up with over 28,000. These are popular search sites and certainly worth investigating for the sheer volume of images they offer on this subject.

In contrast, Disability Images appears at the top of the “relative rank” list because, as a percentage of their entire collection, they feature the highest percentage of images that include depictions of people with disabilities. This relative ranking helps buyers zero in on those collections that can yield surprising depth and selection on a particular subject while also maintain clear line of sight to those collections which offer the greatest breadth on the same topic.

To learn more about how to use this amazing tool more effectively, check-out the FAQ section.