I am happy to announce that I had recently been invited to become an ambassador for SmartFrame which I gladly accepted. Before I share more details I would like to point out that I do not get paid by SmartFrame nor was I asked to write this blog post. I wanted to share the solution this company provides because I truly believe in what they have to offer.
I have used numerous third part tools on my website over the years to ensure my images are safe but with limited or no success. As a fine art photographer who sells his prints, my images are the culmination of a lot of hard work, time and obviously a lot of investment. To keep my artworks safe I was uploading low quality images with ugly watermarks running across them so as to deter someone from stealing or reusing my images. Imagine what that did to my brand image. It was only through pure serendipity that I stumbled upon a website that was using their service. I wanted to dig deep and I am glad I did. As a Smart Frame user, I now have one less thing to worry about and can focus on what I do best, make images
So what is Smart Frame
SmartFrame is a UK based company that offers a web service enabling users like myself to use and manage high resolution images on my website (or other websites including some social media platforms) without having to worry about my images getting stolen. Its as simple as that. Dont get me wrong, its packed with features, but what they really (really) do is to help keep your images safe.
The image below is an example of how your image might appear when using the smartFrame service.
Here is one of my images rendered using the SmartFrame service.
So how does SmartFrame work
You create an account, which is free. Upload a high resolution image, generate a code which you can embed on your website or blog. Thats it. Click here to see how world renowned photographers, David Yarrow and Marco Secchi use the service.
You can further customise the SmartFrame to include sharing options so viewers can share the image with their friends, colleagues or clients. You can also include a call to action button on the image itself. They offer image analytics too. For those to want to monetise their images, you can enable in-image advertising at the click of a button. For more advanced users, they offer an API for better integration with your website or blog.
For some more advanced features they have paid versions starting at 15 US dollars a months, absolutely worth it for the peace of mind.
Some security features of the service
- They have a bunch of anti theft prevention measures in place including right click disabled. One can’t even drag drop an image to their desktop
- Their services are encrypted so one can’t view your website’s code and fetch a .jpg or .tiff link
- You have the ability to apply dynamic watermarks (text or image watermarks)
- Grey screen deterrent so one can’t take screen shots of the images
The service wouldn’t be complete without a comprehensive analytics section. All your image stats in one place, easy to view and easier to digest. They even tell you if there were attempts to steal your images.
On that note, I recommenced you visit their website. If you got a question, contact them, they have a super friendly and efficient support team.