It’s easier than ever these days to steal a photograph. With crystal clear screen captures and cheap, effective photo editing software, no matter how you watermark images, label them with metadata, or make them “non-clickable” people still can take your photographs and pass them off as their own. Or maybe they aren’t trying to pass them off as their own but are using them for their own purposes without permission.
So, who’s using your photographs and how do you find them?
Well, I’d like to introduce you to an easy starting point in your attempt to go all Sherlock on us.
Google Image search. It’s a two step process that’s easier than ____________ (whatever comes easily to you).
1. Go to images.google.com
2. Drag and drop any image file into the search bar
From here you can use a couple different options to see where your image is showing up. Is this going to be 100% accurate all the time? Probably not. But it does give you a good starting place if you believe that someone may be using your photographs without your permission. So, go catch those photo thieves! Happy investigating.