Protecting Images: Use Lightroom to help you!Posted: January 13, 2011 | |
Well, this is my first post for 2011! I’m really excited about this year! We just renovated our studio and started a monthly Newsletter that you can subscribe to. If you have read my blog before then you know that this is a place for me to discuss all aspects of Macro & Close-up Photography. I rarely talk about the business side of SJP. Our Newsletters will be a way for you to read what we have been up to and to receive our specials and promos for the month. Ashley will keep that going for us, so please feel free to sign up. We don’t need all of the information to sign you up, just your email address, but we would like to know you better so please take a little time to complete all the fields. Thank you in advance for registering for SJP’s Newsletter!
Now let’s get to the blog article. Today I’m going write about how I try to keep people from stealing my photographs online. I say try, because we all know that some people will steal our photographs once we put them out there on the world wide web but we can at least try to deter them.
There are three things that I do. When I work with my archived photographs I use a company called Photoshelter. I absolulutely love this company!! If you’re interested please look to the right of this blog and click on their banner. I receive perks when you do that, but truthfully I wouldn’t recommend them if I didn’t like them. If you don’t have a logo don’t worry, they will help you use a standard watermark. They also automattically make your image smaller so people can’t print them. This leads to the next thing that I do.
I never, never, put up large files on the web. You can do this in various ways while you watermark. If you check out what my guest author wrote several weeks ago, she gives you some suggestions on how to protect your images. I use Adobe Lightroom.
Lightroom is amazing! I absolutely love this program :) So let me show you how easy it is and if you don’t have Adobe Lightroom now, maybe you’ll purchase it soon. I guarantee you will love it too!
After you have processed your photograph(s) and you’re ready to put them out there for everyone to see, defintely add a watermark to your photog.
To start a watermark file you can go to Help and type watermark or click on Lightroom – Edit Watermark. Both will lead you to the pane were you can:
- Choose an image, for example your logo.
- Change/Choose font style, alignment & color of font.
- Change the font’s shadow – play with these dials to see what you like.
- Change the effect, opacity and proportion to move the watermark around on your photograph.
- Also, check out the inset, anchor & rotate buttons to move your watermark around.
REMINDER: Click on the examples to view them better…to get back to the blog use your back arrow key on your browser.
Once you like what you’ve done, assign it a name to create your new watermark.
Ok, now I’m ready to export my photograph(s) to use in the future for my internet networking or client viewing. I’ll show you this too since I feel it’s important .
I select my photograph(s) for export:
Once I click on export I have a new pane to help me configure the photographs. I made a new file, (see below for my steps). I also changed my file names under custom text. If you want to keep the original file name, no worries just don’t click the “rename to” and all will be good :)
The next couple of steps are important for exporting your new photograph files for the internet. The following is my preference:
- Set to JPEG
- Set to SRGB for monitor viewing
- In the Image size area change your resolution to 72 so people can’t print your photogs
- Put your output sharping to screen and use the amount you prefer
- Watermark your images (yay! we now can use our watermark)
- Postprocessing – I like to see my photographs in my finder after I have completed my export…just my preference. (mac users)
- Press export and voila!! Your photographs are ready for you to use via the world wide web.
Again, once your file is ready, click on the export button; Adobe Lightroom will begin to export all of your changes to the file you created.
If you’re confused…just print this out and follow the steps. I’m sure you’ll get it, if not… jot me an email or comment to this post and I’ll answer any questions you may have.
To recap, the three ways I deter others from taking my images online:
- Watermark my images using Photoshelter.
- Watermark my images using Adobe Lightroom
- Make sure all images are at 72 dpi.
I also write metadata in the image files using Adobe Bridge, but that’s for another post. One more thing you should do… copyright your images. The links below will help you with this:
Don’t be discouraged…It has become a habit for me…just something I do within the whole process of my photography life.
Cheers to all and good luck,