On 19 Aug 2008, at 04:59, Rocky Slaughter wrote:
I am a photographer and wish to post several pictures on a website
for purchase. What is the best way in Freeway to ensure that they
are not simply copy/pasted and printed?
I too am a photographer, and I’ve seen this old chestnut come up every
few months on every Web design forum I’ve belonged to in fifteen
years. The short answer is that there is no way to do it, at all, and
my advice would be simply to go ahead and not worry about it.
The longer answer is that there are numerous ways of doing what the
particularly paranoid call ‘making it more difficult for them’. These
involve disabling the ability to right-click in the browser (bad call
— right clicking on many things is an asset to your viewers),
placing a transparent picture over the top so that when they try to
right-click, they download that instead, and various bits of
Trouble is, there’s no point in ‘making it more difficult’ because
it’s laughably easy to take a screenshot of anything visible on the
screen, which is basically why all these tricks are pointless. The
only thing that’s left is to deface your picture with a watermark (no
thanks) or to make it so ridiculously small it loses any impact it
might have had.
Best way? Put 'em up, big and bold, glory in them, feel good about it,
show them off nicely, and don’t forget: if someone steals one, they
have a bigger problem than you do. It might be an idea to make sure
the pictures include all your metadata, contact details etc, which
means avoiding Photoshop’s ‘Save for Web’ as it strips it all out.
PS: Come to think of it, there IS one little thing I came across the
other day which I don’t dislike: it’s a bit of code that, when you
right-click or try to drag, pops up a little message warning you that
the picture is copyright of the photographer. That I don’t mind.
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