The Glowing Island |&| The Watermark of Doom
I just read a post by +Trey Ratcliff
where he gives a list of reasons why he doesn’t watermark. He makes some good points. I also found out that +Thomas Hawk
removed photographers who watermark from his “Kick Ass Photographers” list. Cool deal, that’s totally his choice and preference. It's his list.
So what’s the point then? I couldn't care less about whether you watermark or not
It’s completely up to you. Seriously, I will never judge your work based on a watermark. Is the watermark ugly? Is it in frame or on a border? Who Cares.
It’s not the watermark or signature that I’m looking at, it’s the photo. I’m fairly confident that I can discern the image underneath, unless maybe you write full frame the word: MINE
in giant red crayola font. Ya know?
Personally, I’ve been using watermarks as a tracking system along with various resolutions. For example, Google+ gets a watermark and typically (unless I mess up) a long edge pixel aspect of (1024). Flickr and Facebook get different resolutions. This helps me identify the source of the theft if it gets re-posted. Obliviously, they can just re-size the photo but shhhhhhh... don’t tell them that. ;)
On top of that, I register my images with the Copyright Office and I don’t upload full resolution images to the Internet. I think allowing people to download the full size kitten caboodle is cool and all but you’re kinda asking for it. If you’re concerned about theft, don’t upload high resolution, easy.
The bottom line is there are strong arguments from both sides of the fence. If you choose to sign your images in some way, make sure you study the facts and that it makes sense for your photography or for your business. Don’t just rely on the opinions and preferences of others. (no offense to anyone, obviously) We should all take precautions to protect our work. If watermarking and using low resolution images makes you feel safer, than do it. It’s your work, it’s your call, period.
On top of that, people are going to always steal Internet content anyway. Come on, cloning out a watermark or cropping off a border isn’t rocket science. If someone wants it that bad, they’ll find a way to steal it no matter what. So, unless your going to hire Lars Ulrich
as your personal Internet Bulldog, just accept it.
So, for a completely unrelated reason, here’s an new photo without a watermark. It’s Sans
Watermark if you will. And why did I choose to leave off the Watermark?
Well, a few days ago, I watermarked this and 5 other images, preparing them to be uploaded while I’m out shooting... And Now, I’m in Cappadocia Turkey and come to find out: I F#$KING forgot to copy them to my travel drive.
So screw it... I’m tired of keeping track of 2 separate images.
And that’s my 1.56 Cents. (there was a small conversion tax... stupid exchange rate)