Laurence Vannicelli – Milwaukee (Now Protected)
Since we’ve launched, a number of people have voiced concern about protecting the work in their portfolio from theft. Yesterday we implemented a solution that blocks people from easily downloading your work. While it’s impossible to completely stop people from stealing work online, we think this is a good deterrent. So why didn’t we incorporate this protection when we launched Tropist?
Over the last several months, Brendan and I have become deeply entrenched in the world of online distribution. All the success stories have one thing in common: they gave their work away for free (or at least a portion of it). It seems counter-intuitive but hear me out.
Every day there are millions of people vying for attention on the internet. How do you separate yourself? To get attention in an over-crowed world, you have to make it as easy as possible for others to find you. a daily dose of imagery is a great example we’ve already covered. Sam Javanrouh puts up a beautiful high quality photo everyday. He’s branded himself as a great photographer who’s willing to give his work away for free. Why would he do this? Well, Sam sells prints of every photo he posts on his site, but to build and retain his audience he has to give his photos away for free everyday. The same goes for ExplodingDog which we covered here.
In the end, we decided that the best place to build one’s brand is on one’s own site. We don’t want to force others to show their work the way we would show ours. Let us know what you want from your portfolio. How do you want to share your work with the world?
Update: There have been some requests for a watermark tutorial so here’s a good one.