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7 Ways Wedding Photographers Should Safeguard Their Work

by Waseem Abbas on Sep 7, 2017

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Are you looking for the easy methods to protect your wedding photos? Sometimes you need to take steps to safeguard your work from lost or theft. In this guide, we will share the 7 ways wedding photographers should safeguard their work.

Many wedding photographers create photography websites to display their photos, so they can get more business. However, the photos can be stolen and used without your permission on other sites.

We recommend you to use good web hosting like WPEngine or HostGator. These companies create automatic backups of your site, so you have a safe platform to host your work.

Let’s take a detailed look into the key points on how wedding photographers should safeguard their work:

1. Backup Your Photos in Memory Cards and Online

The first thing that you can do to protect your photos is to have multiple backups. It is recommended to purchase multiple memory cards to save the wedding photos.

There are many online platforms to store photos and few of them are free to use. You should also create a backup of your images on these platforms like Google Drive, Dropbox and more.

2. Add Copyright Notice on Your Site

On your site, you should create a page with a copyright notice to warn the users from stealing your photos. Though it’s just a simple page, it creates an awareness that you don’t allow others to use your photos commercially.

You may also mention the consequences of disregarding the copyright notice to warn those who are thinking about using your photos.

3. Add Watermark to Images

One of the important factors for photographers is to add watermark to the photos. You should create an image gallery using Envira Gallery plugin in WordPress.

Envira has a Watermarking Addon that automatically adds watermark to photos, so no one can steal them from your site. You should check out this guide on how to add watermark to images in WordPress.

4. Create Password Protected Image Galleries

Sometimes you may need to give access to your clients to view and download the wedding photos. Most of the wedding clients prefer online image proofing to save their time from visiting the photographers.

In such case, you can create password protected image galleries. Only the users with the password can view and download images in WordPress.

5. Prevent Users From Downloading Photos

You can disable the right click on your images, so no one can save the photos from your site. This method helps in saving you from losing your images.

If you are an Envira Gallery user, then you can simply protect your website from image theft using the Protection Addon. This addon completely disables the right click on your image galleries.

6. Upload Compressed/Low Resolution Images

We recommend you to upload low resolution and compressed photos on your site. These photos can’t be used further and you can safeguard your original work.

Wondering how to make your photos in low resolution? Check out these WordPress image compression settings to compress images on your site. You should also check this guide on how to upload large images in WordPress.

7. Keep Aggressive Attitude About Image Theft

As a photographer, your attitude defines your perspective about image theft. There are multiple online forums for photographers where you can talk about the copyrights and image protection.

You should be aggressive in your words about online image stealing. It will build your personality among others about image theft, and show your serious attitude in this regard.

We hope this guide has helped you to learn the 7 ways wedding photographers should safeguard their work. You may also want to check out our guide on how to hide password protected galleries from WordPress loop. In case, you are facing issues while creating your photography site, then you should check these 25 most common WordPress errors and learn how to fix them.

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