Creating and sharing your images online is one of the best parts about being a blogger. However seeing your photos on a website that doesn't match your blog or your brand is no fun. Although the very nature of the Internets is to republish and repost, you can take certain steps to protect your photos.
Here are 6 ways you can protect your blog's photos:
1. Use a watermark. I know this is not the most optimal route since it clogs up an image but it works. If you set the opacity to low (in Photoshop) you can better blend the watermark into the photo, instead of having it literally jump out of the frame.
2. Tag the photo's backend data with your copyright. Thanks to Photoshop, you can now go in the backend of your photos and enter your Copyright info, which means that whenever your photo is uploaded to Facebook, the Copyright information will remain. The only downside to this is that the copyright can be deleted in Photoshop.
3. Disable the right-click option on your blog. This prevents people from copy/pasting your images or saving your images onto their desktop. However, this doesn't prevent people from taking a screenshot of your images and using photo-editing tools to save the photo.
4. Use Stipple to track and monitor where your photo is being used. IFBCON sponsors and a blogger's best friend, Stipple is a platform that monitors where your photo has been published. Through tags and information, Stipple gives you the opportunity to see where and how your photos are being shared.
5. When in doubt, use Google Images. Unlike the other steps, this is more reactive than proactive but it still works. You simply go to Google Images, click on the camera icon in the search bar and upload your photo. Google will then search the web to see if that uploaded photo has been used elsewhere. Tumblrs, sites, Pinboards, if your photo has been used, you will know it. However, the next step would be to email those websites and ask them to take down your photo. Tedious, yes but doable.
Unfortunately, these 6 steps aren't 100% foolproof but doing something is better than standing by and watching your photos being used. When in doubt, you can go back to the tried-and-true route of emailing the website that is using your photo and asking them to take it down.
Have you ever seen your photos used on another publication or site? What did you do to take care of that issue? Or did you just let it be?
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