EXQUISITE PHOTOGRAPHY & ART FOR YOUR CREATIVE NEEDS

PHOTOGRAPHY & ART FOR YOUR CREATIVE NEEDS

PHOTOGRAPHY & ART FOR CREATIVE NEEDS

EXQUISITE PHOTOGRAPHY & ART

SmartFrame image technology
We are testing the new, SmartFrame image embedding technology, on our website.
This is exciting news for all photographers and artists.


Our conclusions so far.

pros:
- a good quality image is displayed with the photographer's copyright credit, and image description
- a link to license the image or buy a print is given inside the SmartFrame
- image copying and screenshot protection without a distracting watermark
- theft proof detail zoom-in and hi-res, full screen preview options are available

cons:
- the buy button is wired through the SmartFrame website which doesn't help your website with SEO backlinks
- the SmartFrame is essentially an iframe object custom rendered on the SmartFrame's website, which means it improves SEO for the other party but not for your website. It also doesn't help with SEO in image search, which is important for websites that have images as the main source of interest on their pages.
- the SmartFrame images load slowly and create a blank gap in a webpage design while loading
- you need to upload the source images to SmartFrame website and create smart frames from there, which means giving an access to unprotected, full resolution media to a third party
- sharing is available only through their share button, however sharing an image on pinterest creates an unprotected crop of the image without any watermarks. Thus a watermark is necessary to protect from such sharing, which renders the whole SmartFrame theft protection system redundant and useless.

Overall, we like the functionality, the copyright protection and attribution, but in our opinion this should be done directly from the image supplier's website and not through a third party. A standard, integrated smart image object needs to be created and adopted as a mainstream web element that carries all this information and is linked directly to the source.

The displayed image is © Alex Maxim and can be found in our Japan travel photography collection:
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