One of several sign shots I took today on a 30-minute quest for course material pictures...
For the self-publisher of course materials, one of the biggest problems you face is getting access to a range of good quality pictures that you can not only use in your materials, but not potentially run into copyright issues with if you end up selling the material commercially.
This occured to me recently when I was playing around with the Scene it! format, but has been with me ever since Darren Elliot helpfully pointed out some of the ethics involved in using pics from Flickr in the tongue-in-cheek "unplugged coursebook" called Windows.
So I went ahead today and did something I've been meaning to do for some time now: start building my own bank of good quality pictures that could potentially be used in my own self-published course materials.
Here's a quick montage of pics I scraped together based on what was in my phone and what a walk around the local block could produce:
Not all of that may turn out to be good enough in terms of quality, but there sure is some interesting stuff turning up!
For example, I could have a field day in class with this sign I snapped this afternoon:
And how about this classic (seen propped up against the outside of a house a hundred metres or so up the same street I live on)?
And I'm just getting started!