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06/28/2010 07:43:41 PM · #1
I created a website about 3 years ago, when I did a photo shoot for a family. I figured out how to post thumbnails, and when you hovered over the thumbnails, it would show a preview. Since you were hovering over the thumbnail, they couldn't click on the photo to copy or print it.

I shot a neighbor's grandma's birthday party, and they're being kind enough to pay me for it. So I'd like to post pictures to a site for them to preview, but I'd like to lock the pictures down so that they can't download or copy them.

The problem is, I need to do this in the next 2 hours.

Is there a site that does this automatically? It's been too long since I've used Frontpage, so I can't recreate my old one (It seems to have been deleted from my computer :(

Any help would be appreciated!
06/28/2010 07:47:24 PM · #2
you could also just watermark them with your name so they aren't able to print them :)
06/28/2010 07:48:27 PM · #3
Smugmug.com is what I use. Different levels of payment with the Pro being $150 year if you don't have a discount coupon. You set you own prices for your photos. You can lock them down against copying also.

I'm not sure if there is any "free" service that do what you need. This site...dpchallenge has a photo selling department but the fees are high and not very easy to upload tons of pics at once...IMO of course.

Originally posted by vawendy:

I created a website about 3 years ago, when I did a photo shoot for a family. I figured out how to post thumbnails, and when you hovered over the thumbnails, it would show a preview. Since you were hovering over the thumbnail, they couldn't click on the photo to copy or print it.

I shot a neighbor's grandma's birthday party, and they're being kind enough to pay me for it. So I'd like to post pictures to a site for them to preview, but I'd like to lock the pictures down so that they can't download or copy them.

The problem is, I need to do this in the next 2 hours.

Is there a site that does this automatically? It's been too long since I've used Frontpage, so I can't recreate my old one (It seems to have been deleted from my computer :(

Any help would be appreciated!
06/28/2010 07:49:02 PM · #4
Does your hosting site have SQL access?
06/28/2010 07:49:34 PM · #5
smug mug works great for that vawendy. In the gallery settings you can password protect (or not) - set it to be printable or not .. can't right click to save - if ppl are savvy enough you can get around it but I really like it. If you need any help (I see you are pressed for time) I can answer any questions about how to get the settings done quickly. I know other people use photobucket and wix - I am sure you will get lots of help but feel free to pm me if I can help.

LOL - three posts in the time it took me to type the above... you are in good hands vawendy.

Message edited by author 2010-06-28 19:51:00.
06/28/2010 07:49:43 PM · #6
Originally posted by LMA128:

you could also just watermark them with your name so they aren't able to print them :)


That's a thought. Where would you post them, then? I just use shutterfly, but the purpose for that site is to be able to order, so that's a bad idea. Is there a site that has a nice look to it?

Ooops, I was too slow in answering this, so I see there are many posts in between -- off to go read those.

Message edited by author 2010-06-28 19:50:08.
06/28/2010 07:51:33 PM · #7
Originally posted by Saker:

smug mug works great for that vawendy. In the gallery settings you can password protect (or not) - set it to be printable or not .. can't right click to save - if ppl are savvy enough you can get around it but I really like it. If you need any help (I see you are pressed for time) I can answer any questions about how to get the settings done quickly. I know other people use photobucket and wix - I am sure you will get lots of help but feel free to pm me if I can help.


The problem is I don't have $150. I do this about once a year; it's not something that I really want to get into, because I think if I made it a business, I'd start to dislike photography.
06/28/2010 07:54:19 PM · #8
Originally posted by Saker:

smug mug works great for that vawendy. In the gallery settings you can password protect (or not) - set it to be printable or not .. can't right click to save - if ppl are savvy enough you can get around it but I really like it. If you need any help (I see you are pressed for time) I can answer any questions about how to get the settings done quickly. I know other people use photobucket and wix - I am sure you will get lots of help but feel free to pm me if I can help.

LOL - three posts in the time it took me to type the above... you are in good hands vawendy.


It looks like I can try it for free for 14 days, and that the lowest level is $40. That's still more than I'd like to spend, but certainly more doable.

Does the lowest level have the same settings (protection, etc?)
06/28/2010 07:54:51 PM · #9
Originally posted by PGerst:

Does your hosting site have SQL access?


I don't know... It's been so long.
06/28/2010 08:13:13 PM · #10
I'm trying the smugmug route -- do you upload full size? Do you upload full sized images and let smugmug resize, or do you resize them first and then upload?
06/28/2010 08:17:38 PM · #11
I use Smugmug and I always upload full size images (you don't have to). Smugmug will resize them and you should be able to set the max size viewable in your Customize Gallery settings.

06/28/2010 09:18:22 PM · #12
Originally posted by L2:

I use Smugmug and I always upload full size images (you don't have to). Smugmug will resize them and you should be able to set the max size viewable in your Customize Gallery settings.


Thanks!

It seems quite slow; is that normal, or do I have a slow connection tonight?
06/28/2010 09:28:10 PM · #13
I'm not having any trouble with slowness with them tonight. I know they have different servers depending on which part of the country you are from, so that's not really a good comparison. It also depends on which uploader you are using. The Java one rocks.
06/28/2010 09:31:29 PM · #14
I meant just in the viewing, working with speed. I tried sending an email invite to myself, and it took about 1.5 minutes to do it.

Message edited by author 2010-06-28 21:31:48.
06/29/2010 02:00:41 AM · #15
i use smug mug for all of my clients and i LOVE it! i only upload the web sized files though! so if they were sneaky and tried to print them them would be super blurry! (i also disable the printing settings). i have uploaded full sized images up there and got prints through them and they were beautiful! here is my code E3pZ7vn3h6k2g to save $5!
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