I don’t want this to be mainly me talking though, I want you to get involved. So once you read this please leave a comment, and let me know what your thought on this topic are.
I have a love-hate relationship with watermarks. I hate them because they make a photo look ugly, they destroy its impression and power.
On the other hand a watermark can be really useful, preventing people from using your image illegally and without permission. It also comes in handy as a way of getting credit for your photo. So whenever someone comes across your photo they will know who took it and can look up your name if they like it.
I still haven’t quite made up my mind yet. Sometimes I think my photos should have a watermark on them, then again I change my mind completely, thinking it looks too ugly.
Of course you could try to take the way in between, having a slight watermark, not too big and obvious, but existent. I’d say that’s what I’m using right now on my website.
However, it does not really fulfill the purpose of protecting a photo from copyright infringement.
But at least it does give credit.
With photos I really care about and where I’m worried they might be used for commercial purposes I’ve added 3 watermarks across the photo (rather than 1 big one).
I think usually people shouldn’t be so worried about their images being used without permission. As bloggers we live in a world where this happens every single day, a million times a day.
It’s just a way of distributing great work, sharing what we love, allowing others to be inspired. It’s networking, and connecting with people in a way.
Of course there are exceptions to the rule, e.g. when I think of my more photojournalistic/news images - I do want to protect them from big companies using them without paying me. After all it’s what I earn my money with.
For now I’ll stick with my ‘system’ of using a small watermark for the purpose of credit, and a few more watermarks for the images I want to protect.
I’m not saying this is the perfect way to do it, though. I don’t know if there is a perfect way to go about it. I might change my mind again.
What are your thought on this?