17 Image Search exercises

In this section you should look for information related to your term projects. Think about creating a page that points to images related to the topic at hand — you could have links that point to query results for each of these sites.

As you work through these examples, both in-class and out-of-class, I want you to Twitter some information. For each one of the first 6 points below, I want you to send a tweet when you are done looking at each of the sites. I then want you to tell us about your favorite web site from that section:

#bit330 #image NameOfTool: XX: yourReaction

  • The XX should be a number 1-10, reflecting your ranking of the usefulness or interestingness of this tool. (10 is highest; 1 is lowest.)
  • Your reaction should be just that — highlight what you liked or didn't like.
  • I expect 7 tweets sent from each of you.

You need to be done with these exercises by the time class begins on Wednesday.

  1. Search the following basic image search engines:
  2. Search news sites for images:
  3. Flickr
    • Be sure to explore flickr as well — it's pretty cool
    • Search Flickr using both full text and tags
    • Use Compfight to search Flickr.
    • Use Behold to search Flickr.
  4. Try several different tools for finding similar images.
    • Run some queries at Google Images, and focus on using "Find similar images" to (wait for it) find similar images.
    • Run some queries at Pixolu — be sure to refine your search a couple of times using different photos each time. Try to ensure that the pics that you use in each set are relatively similar — that will help the tool provide better results for you.
  5. Try a couple different tools for searching for face images. Look for someone either related to your project, some other class, or just personal interest. Be sure to try out several queries for several different people in order to get a good feel for how well (or not) these tools work.
  6. Try the three real time image search tools. You will look for a couple of things. First, notice the flow of images on the home page. Is there any difference among the three? Second, try the same search at each site. Is there any difference among the three?
  7. Also search the stock photo sites. See if there seems to be any quality difference between the pay site (iStockPhoto) and the other sites.
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