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Watermarking

Discussion in 'Photography Chat Forum' started by NeilP, Aug 10, 2018.

  1. NeilP

    NeilP Member

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    I will need to share a couple of images in the coming days over social media, is it a good idea to watermark?

    what would be a good watermark? something like Photography by Neil?

    Where would you place the watermark?

    TIA
     
  2. Roger S

    Roger S Crazy Canuck Administrator

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    If you share it, someone will "borrow" it. Many of my shots are watermarked in the lower right corner, but those are only the ones that I want to make sure get my name out. If someone's going to steal it, they'll crop off the watermark or cover it up some way. Other than that I make sure the file size and quality are low enough to prevent making sharp prints from them.

    Oh, and I use "Roger Simmons Photography" as the watermark.
     
  3. rebel06

    rebel06 Without a cause Moderator

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    Yes watermark (it gets your name out there) ... I put mine in one of the four corners, but as Roger states they can be cropped or cloned out .... always post at low file size.
    Paul
     
  4. Blofeld

    Blofeld Forum Photobomber Moderator

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    I don't bother with watermarks, they don't really prevent people trying to use them images unless they are big enough and ugly enough to ruin the image, in which case there's no point posting the image.
    Keep image size and resolution low. If you're really that worried about someone stealing your work, just don't post it.... that's the only way to prevent it.
     
  5. Snips

    Snips Always on

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    This is what I have done for quite a long time. Visible but not dominating.

    SS4.jpg

    Images are saved at 1200px so they look quite good on an iPad and max of 165Kb so that printing is not good. Since I included the Screenshots NOT Permitted there have been many less nicked copies of my photographs appearing on Facebook pages - before, when I only had Copyright, that still seemed to mean free for all. People seem to require spoon feeding these days.

    Most of my competitors plaster copyright marks all over the images but this means you cannot really see what you're buying.
     
  6. Ozzie_Traveller

    Ozzie_Traveller Active Member

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    G'day Snips

    I applaud both your approach and explanation
    10/10

    Phil from the great land Downunder
     
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  7. rob.tolley77

    rob.tolley77 Active Member Premium Member

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    To be honest, I don't watermark any of my images, especially if they are on my website.
    As Blofeld says a watermark isn't going to stop someone someone "borrowing" it. Plus I don't disable "right-clicking" on my website as that, in my opinion belies a sense of mistrust. I don't even watermark my images posted on social media. I feel watermarks detract from the subject in the image, not matter where you put them. I always think that if you're that worried about your images being stolen, don't post them in the first place.
     

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