For photographers our photos are what make or break our photography business, they are how we pay our bills. To find out that someone is stealing your photos and using them without your permission, not only hurts your wallet, but your self-esteem as well. In this post, I will highlight ways to help you prevent your photos from being misused by image thieves.
One way to help stop people from misusing your images is by putting a visible watermark on your photo. A visible watermark shows people that you are the copyright owner. One of the downsides, however, is that watermarks if used abruptly, can be distracting and take away from the image.
Another way to go is to use an invisible watermarking software program like Digimarc. The good thing about an invisible watermark is that it is not distracting and that usually they come with an image tracking solution, especially if you use a service like Digimarc. The downsides are that Digimarc cannot index social media websites and sites like WordPress, because they create separate files for the different sizes they use on their websites which are unwatermarked. Also, this method costs a little bit of money as well for something that may not work the way you wish it did.
Probably the best way to go is to use a reverse image service like Google Images or Tineye.com to search for your photos online. There are even paid services like ImageWitness.com that allow you to do the same but with multiple photos at a time. I have a video on how to use Google Image Search to stop image theft which you can find at the bottom of this post.
Lastly, if you want to protect yourself even more, I would highly suggest registering your photos with the copyright office which you can find at Copyright.gov. There are several videos online that show you how to do this so, I won’t be including the steps here. But, if you need help just comment below and I can send you a link to a video where the steps are included.
So what do you think? Are these good ways to protect your images? Let me know by commenting on this post.
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