Photography & Video

Select photography and video content that showcases TU’s strengths: our quality academics, close student-faculty interaction, our location and beautiful campus. 

students walking on campus


Great photography enhances the TU website. Photos should feature people (whenever possible) and accurately reflect TU’s diverse community. 

There are many ways to add photography to your webpages. For a list of photo design components see the Components Guide. The guide includes the “image code” associated with each component. This information is also found on the Design Components Lexicon with Image Sizes (PDF).  

TU Photo Library

You can use the TU Photo Library to get information about selecting and downloading images for your website. All TU faculty and staff have access to the photos contained within the library. TU student web editors and others who need access should contact Lauren Castellana in Photographic Services at  to request credentials. 


Submit your photo cropping requests to Creative Services by filling out a Project Request form (login required). If this is your first time using the form, please follow the instructions for Submitting a Project Request Form (PDF).  

NOTE: Images from a source other than the photo library can be used if you submit the original high-resolution version of the photo.


If you need a new photo, please email Kanji Takeno at  to discuss your request. After you receive confirmation via email, fill out the Photo Request form and indicate that the photo is for the TU website.


Looking for Faculty and Staff Headshots? 

Faculty and staff headshots taken by Photographic Services are available in OU Campus, in the “Images” folder, in a subfolder called “Headshots.”

If you are a web editor searching for a recently taken headshot, you will find it in OU Campus within 2-3 weeks of the photo being taken. 

Those who need a new headshot can sign up to have a photo taken by Photographic Services at faculty/staff headshot days. The schedule is published in Towson Tigers Today (T3)


Web publishers should include only professionally-produced video content on the TU website. You can add links to external videos, or you can embed YouTube videos from the Towson University YouTube site. These videos have been captioned to comply with accessibility guidelines.

Embedded Videos

To have a YouTube video embedded on your webpage, fill out an OTS TechHelp form and provide the YouTube video link as well as the page URL (and location on the page) where you need the video embedded.

When adding embedded video to your webpage please add a header (usually the video title) and introductory text to provide a brief overview of the video content. Heres an example:

Your Passion. Your Journey. Your Towson.

Watch this video to see how TU students are finding their academic passion.

Adding Video to an In-Content Carousel Gallery

You can add a video to the first image in an In-Content Carousel Gallery. To do this you will need to fill out an OTS TechHelp form. Please indicate the YouTube video link, indicate that you want the video added to an In-Content Carousel Gallery, and also indicate that you want it placed over the first image of the gallery. This image should be a representative “thumbnail” photo of, or from, the video. 

Obtaining a Thumbnail Image for Your Video

If you DO NOT have a thumbnail image for your video, you will need to have an image extracted from the video and then have that photo cropped and have it added to OU Campus.

If you need help extracting a thumbnail from your video please contact Ron Santana, , in Digital Media Services. Digital Media Services will extract and crop a thumbnail that you can attach to the OTS TechHelp request for adding your video to a given page.

Below is sample gallery with a video added to the first image:


Adding Video to an In-Content Carousel Block Callout

You can also add a video to an image in the In-Content Carousel Block Callout. To do this you will need to fill out an OTS TechHelp form. You will need to indicate the YouTube video link and indicate that you want the video added to a specific image or thumbnail (see above, Obtaining a Thumbnail Image for Your Video) in the In-Content Carousel Block Callout.

Video Links

You can link to an external video within the text of your Web page by introducing the video content with a header and/or introductory text and linking the video title. Here’s an example:

Additional Multimedia Resources

The following three-minute video provides an introduction to the benefits of a higher education content strategy: