Getty Images‘ vast library of award-winning professional photographs and illustrations is now at the disposal of every WordPress.com blogger.
Announcing New Embed Support for Getty Images
Earlier today, Getty Images announced a new embed feature that will allow people to access and share photos from its extensive library of images for non-commercial purposes. We have been working with Getty Images over the past few weeks and are excited to bring this feature to WordPress.com!
Embedding images at the speed of a shutter
Imagery is a powerful way to communicate your ideas. Whether you want to profile a famous personality or share your passion for soccer, you can now do so with Getty Images’ photography. With this new embed feature, WordPress.com users can access one of the world’s largest digital archives in a simple and — just as important — legal way.
To embed an image, you can grab the embed code directly from the Getty Images website. Just hover over the image, and click on the embed icon “</>”:
Next, copy the embed code into a new post:
When you save your draft or publish, the selected image will appear:
Alternatively, instead of the embed code, you can use the image URL from Getty Images and copy that directly into a post:
Give image embeds a test drive at SXSW
For those of you who will be at South by Southwest this year, Getty Images will be hosting a Blogger Breakfast where they will demo this new functionality. They have opened up the event to WordPress.com users, so if you would like to attend to get some hands-on embedding experience, visit the event’s page for all the details.
We hope you enjoy this new feature — and can’t wait to see how you use it in your posts!
- Mar 6, 2014 @ 2:00 pm
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It’s a great feature, yay! The only problem is that you still have to download it and upload it to be able to set it as a featured image.
Well, now my posts might look l like I want them to look! Very good news!
Thanks for the info…very useful.
I am so happy! Getty scared me the most when looking for images since they were suing people for unauthorized use. What a great new tool! I can have some fun now!
As someone commented my G+ post:
“Trojan-adds? “…the company may use the code to serve advertisements in the future, allowing it to make revenue by sharing its catalogue.””
It seems to be very important to take a REALLY close look at the terms and conditions.
Happy to see this wonderful resource becoming more accessible. Grazie, Getty!
Hi – quick question – how does the Getty Images button get on my site? Do I need to update? Please advise. Thanks :)
This is awesome. I think visual communication is the best way to quickly express many of the thoughts and feelings I have in a moment, so access to this vast library of professional photographs is a real asset.
Great news! I love Getty images, and embedding sounds really easy. Thanks a lot for offering us this opportunity!
I am hoping this would come to Jetpack in the next update? :)
Is this free?
This is super exciting! Now I don’t have to go out and take pics that I want to use for each piece to keep things legal! Yay! It’s the Christmas miracle….in March! (Santa’s a bit behind….)
I just tried this and it did not work. Is there only certain collections or images that Getty allows this to be done with?
anything that makes it easier to add good images is helpful! Thank you!
Thanks for this…I’ll have to check this out.
Given the damage that this will do to thousands of freelance photographers and their incomes and given the number of photographers who use WordPress it might have been a good idea for the management at WordPress to think a bit harder and consult with users before trumpeting this as a universally wonderful thing.
I went to the link, hovered over an image and no code came up, just an offer to calculate the price to use the image. How can I make this happen?
This is very cool. Sort of. On visiting their site I learned that you have to make an account first. Ok. Then I learned that only *some* of their images are available to embed. Of course it would turn out that the ones I liked were not available. Then I looked at their TOS where they state that they can change availability at any time with no notice. They have the ability to remotely remove content from your website (kind of like the Kindle “1984″ thing) and you’re obligated to take down any of their stuff at any time on a moment’s notice. Oh, and they will place ads on your image embeds and they keep 100% or the ad money. Or maybe WP.com gets some of it, but the blogger doesn’t.
I don’t mean to be all crabby about this. Doors cracked open are very cool and Getty has great images, still, in balance I think using Google or Flickr to do a Creative Commons Image Search is a much better option. You aren’t saddled with all the limitations and uncertainty of a Getty image and you’re also participating in an open community that’s pushing culture forward instead of a proprietary community that’s experimenting with alternate ways to monetize your work.
Looks like we have to pay per use for a set duration of time. So this image will disappear once we stop paying?
Incredible resource to have for little bloggers. Fantastic!
You guys are awesome! Glad to see this new feature offered to WP users. I am searching Getty’s site now for images to post to my site.
Can we embed Getty images into free wordpress.com sites?
Yiipiieee – this is great! Thank you, dear WordPress and Getty Images :-)!
Thank you! This is great news and looks easy enough to do!
While so many are happy about being able to use images for free, what about the photographers who work hard and now will not be paid? I don’t see this as being good. Would you’d be willing to work for free?
Holy smokes WordPress! Nicely done and can’t wait to write a new blog post :) Now what topic shall be chosen?
I heard that Getty made the images free for non-commercial use.
Obviously WP.com is a for-profit company, which sometimes puts ads on my blog, etc. Can someone from staff clarify that using images here is definitely ok with Getty?
Btw, it would be really nice to have an easy way to attribute any images we used from anywhere. I take trouble to find ones that have CC type licenses, or fall within fair use, but if there’s a simple way to put the attribution in I haven’t discovered it.
I like the idea to be able to share photos of where I live and what goes on here in Alaska.
As someone who has a family member who has been billed by Getty for around £1500 for using the most minute part of an image a few years ago (was downloaded from a free photo website initially – not Getty’s website), I am going to be very careful about downloading anything from them.
Are they free to use?
Our WP site has a photo slide show of current events. Would love to be able to use Getty images for that – but the widget that creates the slide show requires the photos to be uploaded to our site. Is there a widget that can create a slide show out of links to Getty images?
I just tried this. It was amazingly easy to search for a great image and then to embed it in my post. Thanks for this great update.
What about if you want to select a feature image which only allows you to upload an actual image? Can we only embed in the post?
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This is great. I understand the concerns of photographers who make a living from selling images but times have changed and the internet revolution is here. If you can’t find ways to let people legally use your images and make some money from it at the same time then you will be left behind and people will steal your images. I’m not saying that it’s right. It’s very wrong. But it’s the way it is and trying to stop it is about as effective as trying to hold back the tide. Gotta make the best of it.
I’m certainly going to make great use of this. Thank you!
Could this method of embedding a Getty image be appropriate for a header image, or not and if so, how would it be done, since there is no way that I see to paste the embed code into a header image. Thanks
Would all the bloggers here be so happy if WordPress set up a tool to let other blog, news and websites embed your entire post in their own site, all for attribution only? All in the name of “promotion”? Would you be so willing to have your content freely shared and passed around with no compensation to you? Getty put a knife in the back of their contributors who get paid absolutely nothing now for those images you’re embedding. And you have to wonder what your blog will look like when Getty contributors start removing images from Getty’s site and you just have a blank panel on your blog.
I always avoided using images in posts because of copyright and what not. And I’m not even a crazy ass photographer myself. But this is superb. Will definitely use it. :)
Thanks for sharing. I’ll certainly use this feature!
5 Awful Problems With Getty Images’ New Embed Code
1) Resizable images: The inability to resize images is a big goof on Getty’s part. A one-size-fits all image isn’t practical for users of this service. For one, some of the images take up just too much real estate when an image half the size would do best.
2) Unresponsive: Today, a responsive website is all the rage since we are now all viewing sites on various types of devices – from iPhones to iPads. So Getty, get with the program.
3) Wraparound text: Although this is an easy fix if you know how to change your CSS on WP or implement your own short code, Getty should know better than to offer an embed code without offering instructions on how to wrap text around their images as most bloggers inexperienced with coding will be scratching their heads for days trying to figure this one out.
4) Thumbnails: Getty Images won’t allow one to retrieve a thumbnail image from the embedded photo which just sucks the bone. How about all those blogs – and there are thousands – who list there blog entries on a single page so browsers can search for the posts that interest them most. Unfortunately, many of those posts won’t display an image if you’re now using Getty Images. Again, get with the program Getty!
5) Branding: While I recognize the need to attribute the photo’s origin, please tone it down a bit. Something more subtle would be alot more welcome.
And honorable mention: Ads: Ads? Although ads aren’t yet displaying on these embeddable images, I hear it’s not too far out in the offing. If this happens, then you’ll see a race to the exits for most bloggers including moi.
Is it possible to use CSS style code to affect alignment and spacing? I’ve added style=”float: left; margin-right: 10px;”, but it seems to be having no effect.
Is there any way of altering the size and / or placement of an image once it’s been embedded?
Thank you so much for adding this feature, WP & Getty! I mainly use my personal photos, but sometimes I need a photo that I do not have. This really helps your WP bloggers select photos without having to worry about the legalities. :)
I guess there’s no way to size the photos smaller?
Can’t wait to try!!
This is great!!!
Is there a trick to wrapping text around the embedded Getty image? I can only center it between paragraphs so far. And thanks for answering the questions about the featured image. That helped!
Hi Ben – you said hover over the image and get the embed symbol then code – then what do you do with the code? – paste into the URL – what do you do to have it show up in the blog? thx!
Thank you for this information! I am excited to see what Getty images has to offer!
This is so exciting! Thank you WordPress and Getty Images!
Can you please define “non-commercial purposes?”
I have two blogs. Each one serves the purpose (among other things, like that I enjoy writing and photography and sharing both with the public) of building an audience for my writing and photography. Both sites promote my work (novels and photos) and have links to places where my writing and photography can be bought. Neither site is an e-commerce site. 80% of the sites are articles and images unrelated to promoting my books or images. Simply they are article and images to be enjoyed by the public.
Are my sites commercial or non-commercial?
Thanks in advance for your reply -
Good news for so many bloggers. Not so great for some photographers.
I tried it! So fun! I noticed it worked best by pasting the embed code directly into the text editor (not the visual editor as it shows in the article snapshots).The photos come with icon links and a Getty credit and a photog credit so it kind of looks like an ad — but still fun.
As a photographer and selling my photos on getty’s sites, I am quite sad to see how people forget all about royalty fees for the photographers and artists who try to make a living out of their passion, for our business this new free feature is bad, our revenues will again and again decrease meanwhile getty will make more money and so on. The happy people here on this thread are likely not professional photographers, for sure.
Yet another photographer …
Thank you very much for this good news. Now, articles can look so much better when there are no available images in my own files.