Optional task: Blog post on my experience of completing this task
I decided to use Pixabay as I did not have to set up an account. I did a straight forward search in All Images looking for an image on blogging. I selected an image, chose the smallest image size from the options presented , clicked on Free Download, renamed and saved the image to a folder on my desktop.
I selected a second image using some of the options available. For example, from the drop down menu beside the search box I selected Media Type-Photo, Orientation-Vertical and Category Music. I then entered the word Guitar in the search box. As with the first image I chose the smallest image size from the options presented, clicked on Free Download, renamed and saved the image to a folder on my desktop.
I then started a new blog post for Thing 3: Images Banks. I added both images to my blog. It took me a few minutes to figure out the process for adding images. Eventually, I clicked on the Add icon, selected the Media option and then selected the image I wanted from the folder on my desktop. I was then presented with a preview and given options for layout such as tiled mosaic and slideshow.
Pixabay was straight forward enough to use. I felt the metadata tended towards the generic. For example I searched some place names and it either found a small number of images, didn’t recognise the name and substituted another similar name e.g. Celbridge became Cambridge or returned no results. In fairness I may have been too specific.
If I hovered over the images the tags (keywords, metadata) by which it could be searched appeared. This was useful. If I clicked on a tag it brought me to other images with the same tags.
The images I viewed were of good quality, available in different sizes which meant I could pick a an image size in Jpeg format suitable for viewing on a webpage.
I had a brief look at the further reading available in the Rudaí 23 Evernote Notebook mentioned in the Thing 3: Image Banks page for Rudaí 23.
Overall it very useful to have resources to go which can be used without fear of infringing copyright and intellectual property.