Protecting Your Images Online: 3 Ways To Prevent Image Theft

If you’re a photographer, you know the hard work that goes into perfecting an image. It can be a drawn out process involving travelling, getting the exposure and lighting right, editing, and, sometimes, even incorporating graphic design or hiring models.

So, imagine how galling and frustrating it is when someone steals your image and uses it as their own, without giving you the credit or compensation you deserve for your hard work. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the internet, that’s how things are. According to statistics, 64% of professional photographers have experienced photography theft, and even photography hobbyists aren’t safe, with 44% having had their work stolen at some point.  

In this article, we’ll list and discuss three effective ways of protecting your images online. So, without any further ado, let’s get started.

Uploading Low-Resolution Versions of Your Photos

Uploading a low-resolution version of your photographs is one of the most effective and simplest methods of reducing the chances of image theft. People generally want high quality images for their websites and social platforms, and uploading low-resolution versions of your photographs will discourage them from copying and pasting.

Of course, the downside is that while low-res images will provide the viewer with a basic idea of your work, they can look unprofessional and unappealing at the same time.

Include the Source and Copyright Owner in the Image Itself

It’s a common misconception that all images online are thereto be taken for free. This misnomer can be blamed on websites, such as Google, that host a gargantuan number of images in many of which source information isn’t included. We suggest that you specify the source and the copyright owner’s name in the image itself—for example: adding the info on the lower margin of the photo. This makes it instantly clear to viewers where the image comes from and who owns it.  

Overlaying Image with a Transparent File

Although this method is a little more elaborate compared to the other two on this list, overlaying your images with a transparent file oft he same file can work wonders. When you do this, thrives cannot copy your image via drag and drop, or save it by right-clicking it. If you know how HTML works, this method is definitely worth trying.


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