So, how do you prevent people from stealing your pictures off a website? I know, I know. The only real way is to not post them and that brings me to my rant.
I have a successful (by my definition) part time sports photography business. I have chosen to sell my pictures while others that shoot the same events give theirs away. Roughly 40% of what I make covers expenses, 40% is donated back to the school I work with (I am very proud of this, by the way), and the rest I keep for myself.
I have added an ugly looking watermark that would hopefully encourage a person to buy a 'clean' picture. As for pricing, individual pictures are a little higher priced but I also offer a "Season Pass" which is like a subscription that allows them to download pictures - this is VERY reasonable.
It frustrates me to no end when I see the watermarked pictures on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. I'm actually a little more tolerant when kids do it. But, I have several parents that post them too. Including officers of the clubs that receive my biggest donations. They know how much I donate and they know where the money comes from. And, they know they don't want me to STOP donating. But, they don't seem care.
I know that this issue can never be fixed and I think that's why it is so frustrating to me. How can you let customers see the pictures but still encourage them to actually make a purchase?
Thanks for letting me rant for a second.