Sites for artists and photographers trying to sell and protect their images

Here are three sites recommended at last night’s Websites 101 workshop:

Maggie Rose suggested Morguefiles.com as a source for free photos for comps and design projects. From the site: “The term ‘morgue file’ is popular in the newspaper business to describe the file that holds past issues flats. Although the term has been used by illustrators, comic book artist, designers and teachers as well. The purpose of this site is to provide free image reference material for use in all creative pursuits.”

Steven Wakeman recommended Digimarc.com as a way to protect your images online. From the site: “Digimarc® for Images allows you to embed imperceptible, persistent digital watermarks into your images to communicate ownership and other information—wherever the images travel across the Internet.” If someone “borrows” your image, Digimarc catches it and sends you an email immediately. Protection for up to 2,000 images costs $99 a year.

He also suggested looking into SmugMug.com, which lets you set up a portfolio and sell images. The system has extensive image protection features as well, including a “right-click protect”–readers can’t right-click on images and copy them to their own computers.

Addendum:

Victor looked for more photo-friendly platforms after one of the members of the October 2013 class asked about free sites. Here is what he found:

http://www.photoshelter.com/

Joan mentioned this one. Oddly enough, the footer information on their home page is actually out of focus due to a shadow around the text. On purpose? A joke? I wonder… Free 14 day trial, e-commerce, responsive, social media tools, SEO, between $10 and $50 per month.

http://www.bigblackbag.com/

Free 14 day trial, e-commerce, responsive, social media tools, SEO, between $9 and $30 per month.

http://www.pixpa.com/

Free 15 day trial, e-commerce, responsive, social media tools, seo, no pricing info without sending info.

https://www.clickbooq.com/

Free 14 day trial, $29 per moth or $288 per year, all of the above but no e-commerce.

http://www.zenfolio.com/

Free trial (doesn’t say for how long), $30 per year for simple photo storage, $120 for pro package, which seems to include all of the above.

These are just the tip of the iceberg. There are quite a few packages available out there. It seems that there has been a large increase in the number of photographers since the dawn of the digital camera age.

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