It can be time consuming to find the image content you need to support your lecture or lesson plan. Sometimes you need to provide your students with suitable digital images so they can use them for their media projects, or digitally manipulate them to learn techniques in Photoshop or After Effects. Sometimes you need specific image content to enhance your learning material, so even high quality stock images won’t do.
Bulkr is a very neat app built on Adobe Air that allows for really efficient searching of Flickr Commons. I find the commons search provided by the Flickr website itself to be ‘rather lacking’, but with Bulkr, really good selections will come up, even with multi keyword searches. Bulk seems to be able to provide a much more efficient faceted search – not only for Commons – but searching by Commons/Relevance/ can provide very useful results, much more relevant photos than carrying out a similar Flickr search using their website.
- Show by: Interesting/Relevant/Recent
- License: All/Commons/Use commercially/Modify or build upon/No known restrictions
- Enable safe search option
Bulk can also help with bulk uploading to your own Flickr account. Though other software is available to achieve this, Bulkr does it really nicely.
Bulkr is widely used – nearly half a million images downloaded so far. Its made by an individual developer using the Flickr API to pull and search images. It’s not officially affiliated to Flickr in any way. It is legal software, with free and pro versions available.