28 May 2014

Getty Royalty-Free Images just might breathe some life into your non-commerical blog's visuals ...

Whether you write a genealogy blog, want to illustrate a family history or just have a need for FREE images to use, for a non-commercial endeavor, it can be challenging to figure out what you can use, when and how, what copyright and usage laws are applicable, etc.  Basically, it’s pretty complex to figure out appropriate image usage.

Back in March, Getty Images made headlines as it appeared to open much of its photo portfolio for free.  Read The world’s largest photo service just made its pictures free to use. We always like to hear FREE and when combined with PHOTO, we almost squeal with delight.

Though there are constraints (the free policy only applies to non-commercial usage), I suggest that you read The Legal Genealogist post Getty Images: not quite free to use for the nitty-gritty and I’ll just stick to how a genealogist blogger might take advantage of this new cornucopia of images!

First, not all Getty Images are FREE.  You need to look at the Royalty-Free (under Creative Stock Images collection).  You can access this collection versus the link provided, or when you do a search on age page, make sure that only Royalty-Free (RF) is clicked.

If you search on a basic term like “genealogy” you will not get many results.  Funnily (or not) if you search on geneology (note the misspelling) you get a lot more results!

Here is an example of an embedded code image,
I also did some searching on other terms, like census, DNA, newspapers and other terms a genealogist might need images for and there is quite a selection.  Though the use of such images might not suit your purposes, it's always nice to know what collections of images are available to us.

Though I frequently use images from Creative Commons for this blog, it does take a little more effort to make sure that proper attribution is attached to those images.

Do you have a favorite source of FREE images that you use for non-commercial genealogy or family history related blogs, etc?

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