Have you ever tried to look up a specific image, but encountered thousands of ubiquitous, similarly defined images in search? Well, Shutterstock, global powerhouse for royalty-free work, just made it easier.


Forget typing in keywords. This is the future of image searching.

Reverse Image Search for mobile invites users to capture the world around them on their mobile phones, and then to upload them via the Shutterstock app to search the company’s collection of over 80 million images for similar content and style.

The company is the first stock photo provider to apply Computer Vision Search-and-Discovery Technology to mobile.

As users upload photos captured by phones to search through their collection, the neural network on Shutterstock’s back end studies and learns what types of images are most popular for mobile usage rather than desktop usage; with time, it will grow to understand authentic photography taken in more natural settings. Data collected will showcase emerging trends and best techniques on mobile devices.


Since the company went mobile, launching its app 5 years ago, they’ve rigorously continued to invest into their mobile technology and ease of use.

As if it wasn’t easy enough to search through the categories they’ve provided for you…

However, mind you, working with its growing community of over 100,000 contributors, Shutterstock consistently adds hundreds of thousands of images each week.

“When we unveiled Reverse Image Search this past spring, we knew that it was a perfect fit for our mobile application — it’s arguably one of the best use cases for computer vision technology in general,” said Shutterstock CEO and founder Jon Oringer. “It’s so easy to take a picture and everyone stores hundreds or thousands of them on their phones. Now you can use those photos to help you search for and find better-quality, more suitable images for your professional needs.”

Shutterstock first introduced the technology to desktop a few months back in March of 2016.

Unfortunately for Android Users, Shutterstock Reverse Image Search is solely available on iOS…for now, I suppose.

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