As librarians, we are all too aware of copyright limitations, which can make searching for the right image to re-use a bit harder than usual. I find it can be quite a hurdle to navigate the different creative commons licences, especially if you are in a bit of a rush or have other things on your mind when preparing a presentation! You want to be professional and set a good example, but this can be tedious and frustrating. I have found Pixabay invaluable for finding images for use in presentations and posters in the past. All of the images are free to use, and you don’t have to worry about attribution.
For me, Pixabay has a few benefits over Flickr as an image bank. Flickr can be quite fiddly, requiring you to select your download quality, and other additional clicks. The back button doesn’t always work, you have to move your mouse and click on “back to search” or similar. These may seem like minor gripes, but as I hinted at above, sometimes I am in a rush when searching for images and these little trips are frustrating. In my experience, Pixabay has a better search and smoother website functionality. The photos are generally more suitable for professional use, having the feel of “stock images”. Flickr can be cluttered with poorer quality and images that don’t relate to the key words you search for. If you are looking for images with more personality, the Pixabay images could be too corporate or clinical. For me, this is less distracting. Flickr often leads me down rabbit holes where I end up thinking about travel, food, or my own photography. Something I could do in the future to improve my experience of Flickr, is try out more of the search filters and in particular filtering by licence type.
I created a gallery of photos on Flickr as I hadn’t used that feature before. I saved Halloween ideas and images to this gallery. I can access this easily enough from a desktop/ browser view, but couldn’t locate it easily in the Flickr app. It would be nice if you could create a gallery of your own uploads, but it seems as though this feature is more about engaging with other users and upping the “social” element of Flickr. Curating images from other users, and retaining a link back to them and the Creative Commons licence could be a useful way of building up your own bank of images to use in the future.
I have also created a new public album, and uploaded a few photos from my new place of work: Celbridge Library. One feature which is quite nifty, is Flickr’s ability to auto-tag the photos based on computer recognition. You can see this in the photo of our exhibition space, which has auto-tags of “room” and “window”. Smart Flickr.