Tricks for Photographers Using Squarespace
If you're a photographer, you probably have some of your portfolio online in different places all over the web. The photographers that I know are often concerned about their photos being stolen and used for other purposes they don't allow, and for good reason. After all, that's your money and your work, right? Most other platforms don't tend to showcase the benefits for photographers, but with a bit of knowledge, you can secure your images in Squarespace easily. In this brief article, I'll walk you through some tricks for photographers when using Squarespace to protect your images.
Password Protected Pages
The first and easiest thing to do with Squarespace to protect your images is to protect your pages with a password. You can add a password to any page on your website by clicking the gear icon to the right of the page in the navigation. I'd recommend keeping any of these pages you want to protect under "Not Linked" so they can't be accessed by just anyone.
You can then create a Gallery Page or a Page with a Gallery Block to host the images on that password protected page. The image I've included here is an example of how you can stylize each password protected page with your brand, fonts, and colors, as well as add an example photo for that specific client. It really gives an added level of personalization for your site and your work. There's even more customization you can do, and Squarespace has a really helpful article to give you the details.
Reduce File Size and Quality
Another easy thing to do (and you might already be doing this, so kudos!) is to reduce the file size and quality of each photo in any galleries you put up publicly. You can also do this for your client page, while also adding a button or link to download the high quality images from your service of choice (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.) If you're using a Mac, I find that ImageOptim is a great, free tool that reduces the file size pretty significantly without reducing quality. I tend to use this app when I'm using stock photos for client websites, and you can use it in the same way.
For reducing quality, I would use Photoshop, another photo editing app, or online photo editing website. Ideally you would reduce the quality to lower than 1MB so if it does pop up on another website, it'll be a lower quality photo that people won't use.
Use the Poster Block
My last trick is one that I recently discovered, and it might take a bit more work for larger galleries, but it's significantly worth it if you want to showcase specific shots in your portfolio without the worry of them being taken. Last year, Squarespace introduced Image Block 2.0, adding a slew of new design features and options for placing text on top of, next to, or inline with the images.
What I discovered recently was if you turn on Poster with each image you upload, but don't put any text in, the sample text disappears and it locks the photo to the page. Standard images on a page can be clicked and dragged off of the page, but the Poster design prevents this from happening, along with any other of the design elements. The Poster design is the easiest because you can't tell if it's a Poster Image block or just a standard image.
I've included a brief video showing how you can do this as well!
There are some quick tips and tricks for photographers when using Squarespace. Squarespace has a great article about the best templates to choose for photography portfolios right here. I hope these are helpful, and please let me know if you have any questions when it comes to building your photography website! If you enjoyed this post, I'd love it if you shared it below.