You can't stop screenshots.
There's a fundamental principle that people just don't seem to get (or accept) and that is: there are 2 types of people - those that will buy a photo, and those that won't, no matter how cheap/great it is.
Focus on the people that WILL. Forget about the people that won't.
Focus on finding profitable events. Take great images. Promote them through the right channels before, during and after the event. Make it as easy as humanly possible for people to buy your work. Work on volumes (of potential customers) and accept that it's a percentage game...many of your amazing shots will never go any further than being a watermarked thumbnail that nobody sees. Just be thankful you're not shooting film!
Thorrulz wrote in post #16557733
I personally don't see how anyone can make a dime using smugmug, zenfolio or any other image hosting site.
I assure you it's possible. Probably 75% of my revenue comes through my Zen galleries. If you shoot the right events, use the right workflow, have the right agreements/support with the event organisers and generally be willing to work your arse off, it can work (and work quite well). Thankfully not everyone has the patience and tenacity to do it.
If it makes you feel any better...I shot an event last month. One of my Facebook "fans" FB messaged me asking about how to find their photos. In the time I could reply they had written back letting me know they'd already found them....and lo and behold, their FB profile pic was now a screenshotted copy of one of my watermarked pics. I literally laughed out loud...then got back to processing orders for paying customers.
memoriesoftomorrow wrote in post #16555777
The real question you need to be asking yourself is how to I produce a product/image that people value enough to pay for.
This is key. Focus on what works. Shoot the right events. Provide value. The sales will come, and the question of "how to stop people copying my work" will seem much less important!