Lets talk about watermarking (WM) our images.

I know many togs will WM their images to lessen the chance of theft and frankly I'm not too concerned about theft. I'm of the belief that someone who's going to steel isn't someone who's going to actually license that photo anyway. So what am I really loosing. So I've taken the approach of never watermarking my images because for the most part they distract from the art and make it ugly.

In the back of my mind though, I wish it was there for the chance it gets shared or used on a blog. Everyone who sees it will instantly know where it came from. My EXIF data is fully loaded with that information, but I'm sure many will not take that step to look. I see many successfull togs like +Trey Ratcliff and +Patrick Smith who do not WM their images and it doesn't seem to hurt them. There are countless others that do WM their images.

So how many togs that make their living licencing their work have gained real leads from their watermarks? There are no right or wrong answers, I would rather learn from someone else's mistakes.
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