Because you can simply tap and hold any image online (regardless of disabling right click scripts) and save the image straight to your phone or tablet.
And even if that could be avoided (which it can’t) you can also simply screenshot an image.
No luck there either then!
Nope, not The Flash (hi Barry Allen!!), Flash software.
Flash was a huge part of the web 15-20 years ago and pretty much everything was created with this software.
But then, people fell head over heels for Apple. And Apple products don't run Flash, so millions of iPad, iPhone & Mac users wouldn’t even see your beautiful photographs. Pretty horrific if you’re a photographer, and bad for everyone else too!
Shrink Wrapping Images
The problem with this is that it is also easy to get around, if you know how.
So what can you do to stop your images from being stolen online?
In short, not a lot. Basically, if you don't want any risk of your images being stolen, don’t post them online. That goes for your website, blog and social media accounts.
But that would make for a pretty boring world now wouldn’t it?!
There are however, a couple of things you can do to deter someone from stealing and using your images.
Add Copyright In Camera
Check to see if your camera allows you to edit the EXIF data in-camera. Most decent ones do and you can snap away, knowing that your copyright information is automatically being applied to every photo your take.
Copyright Your Images On The Backend
When uploading your images to Photoshop or Lightroom, edit the EXIF data with a copyright infringement notice, your name, website and email.
Use A Logo, Rather Than A Watermark
If you are a photographer or artist or designer, put a small but visible logo in a corner of your photo. This won't completely stop a thief from stealing it, but it will make their job one step harder as they will then have to remove it.
Besides, a logo is great for brand recognition, so see it as a good thing, not a bad thing!
Upload Lower Resolution Images To Social Media & Your Website / Blog
Photographers in particular hate the idea of doing this! But I promise, as a professional Wedding & Portrait Photographer myself, only you ‘may’ see a slight difference in the quality. The average person viewing your photos online won’t notice a thing.
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