A picture is (apparently) worth a thousand words and although I like words I also like to use pictures as well. In general the photos I use here are my own but what would I do if I wanted to illustrate a blog post with an image and I hadn’t a suitable photo to hand?
I could of course go on the internet and shamelessly rip off an image from some other website.
In recognition of the fact that this is so easy and so prevalent, Getty Images have released a huge catalogue of images to be used freely in blogs and social media via an ’embed tool’ that allows them to track the use of their pictures. Getty Images also reserve the right, in future, to add adverts to the viewer or simply remove the content. I’m not sure how popular this strategy will be but it’s certainly an interesting approach.
And in answer to my original question I used one of their images for this post. How do you think it looks?
It is as simple as going to the Getty Images website, viewing the picture you want and clicking on the little </> icon and pasting the resulting html wherever you need it. It certainly seems to work seamlessly in WordPress (even converting into a neat shortcode) and I have no doubt Twitter and Tumblr will handle it equally well.
On the whole though, in general, I’ll keep taking my own photographs because, for me, that’s half the fun.