Today, as soon as you post your photographs online, you are in fact giving them away. It isn?t long before someone reposts them on a Tumblr, in a Tweet, in a Facebook timeline, or pins them on a Pinterest board. You can take all necessary precautions, from copyright warnings to watermarks and full IPTC information, but the chances are that you?ll still be out of luck. Your photographs, drifting around the Internet without any credit information attached, will be completely out of your control.
This is a video that visualizes an image being shared between hundreds of thousands of individuals on Facebook in just 22 hours. Each dot represent a share. This is how much, and how fast, your images get shared.
You have the option of running a Google image search to try to locate your work, but with more than 300 million images uploaded a day (just on Facebook) and 1.2 million new websites created each month, not even Google?s mighty search engine can keep up with all the pictures on the web. If you do discover any of your images, you then need to locate the owner of the site on which they were published, send take-down notices or threatening emails, and hope for a settlement in your favor. Most often, nothing happens. You lose an incredible amount of time that could instead have been used to create more photographs.
Stipple solves that problem and transforms your photographs into intelligent images.
Three things happens when you Stipple an image:
? It is ?fingerprinted? and given a unique digital ID for automated recognition.
? An interactive layer is added, allowing you to add multiple types of rich media information.
? All your IPTC information is automatically ingested, including your contact information, and tied to your image indefinitely.
Why Stipple ?
Armed with the unique digital ID, Stipple can locate and identify an image wherever it might be, even if it has been stripped of all information and modified. Stipple can then automatically reassign all the caption information you created as well as your credit information.
The interactive layer lets you to add valuable information directly onto the images. That information can be videos, maps, Wikipedia entries, tweets, Facebook accounts and much more. Since these appear only when a viewer mouses over your image, they are discreet, non-disruptive, and respectful.
The automated ingestion of the image IPTC information guarantees that your credit appears everywhere your image is published, along with a link to your website. No more orphan works.
How To Stipple:
There are two very easy ways to Stipple your images:
? Upload them to Stipple.com. This has the advantage of making your images sharable with the rest of the Stipple community, as well as giving you a simple way to tweet them (your image will be viewable directly in your feed), add them to Facebook or Google +, or embed them on any site.
? Tag them directly from your own website. You simply add a small publisher code onto your site once and all your images, past, present and future become Stipple-able.
One of the richest features of Stipple is its unique analytics dashboard, which displays real-time results showing where your image is being published, how many people are viewing it, and which tags are the most popular.
You no longer need to spend hours on Google trying to locate your images. Stipple is incredibly useful and easy to use. You can make your images intelligent for free at Stipple.com and be up and running in minutes.
The digital era promised photographers a world of improvement and efficiency. By reuniting images with credit information while also providing valuable information about how and where those images are being seen, Stipple is finally delivering on this promise.
Stipple works great on twitter :
as well as in your Facebook timeline:
You can sign up for Stipple here.