Posting Photos To Social Media?

Posting Photos To Social Media?

Posted By Admin: 10/27/2011 8:53:27 AM.   Posted To Photographers / Announcements

If you're posting your images to various social media sites, here's a survey that you might find useful. It checked 38 of the main social media / photo sharing websites and how they handled uploaded images.

In particular, they were checking whether your embedded copyright information would remain intact. In 16 cases, it was stripped from the file ... so if someone downloaded you image they'd have no idea who the image actually belonged to.

The message is simple. If you're submitting 'commercial' images to these sites for any reason, make sure you put a physical watermark on the image.

Some of these social media platforms be useful tools to get some additional exposure for your work and direct visitor traffic to your main web presence, just do your research fiirst.

Many of these sites have photographer-unfriendly terms & conditions, similar to a lot of the dodgey photography contest you see that are little more than mass image-grabs. 'Submti photos for a miniscule chance of winning something, and lose control of the image forever.

Facebook has been getting a lot of bad publicity on this on the photography forums as their terms & conditions give them rights to do what they like with any image submitted, and the nature of the website -- where people are encouraged to repost content from your page to their own -- makes it extremely difficult for them to ever completely remove any content. 

Personally I haven't seen anything to make me think Facebook has any evil intentions here ... I think they're just trying to cover themselves from possible unauthorised use claims ... but it has made for some entertaining discussions on some of the photography forums.

It is a great platform for photographers, so I certainly wouldn't avoid it on account of the boilerplate. To me it makes more sense to protect the rights to my photos myself, by only posting low-res, putting a prominent watermark over each one, and embedding full copyright info for good measure.

Let's be realsitic ... every single image you post to the web is 'at risk' to some degree, so you can either leave them in a shoebox or implement some basic risk-management and get on with it!