Thanks to +Terry Boswell and over on Facebook for this amazing photo
This is a rare meteorological phenomenon called a skypunch. When people see these, they think it's the end of the world. Ice crystals form above the high-altitude cirro-cumulo-stratus clouds, then fall downward, punching a hole in the cloud cover. Freakishly weird!
I get this question a lot, and I know it came up in the live hangout last night. I know my opinion is different than many other photographers, and that is okay.
As you may know, my work is all Creative Commons Non-Commercial. That means people, as long as they give credit and link back to http://www.StuckInCustoms.com , can use my images on their blogs, wallpaper, personal use – anything – as long as it is not used commercially. Every day, I upload a HUGE 6000+ pixel max-resolution image to the Internet. I do not have any fear at all… Believe me, it’s quite liberating living in a world without internet-stealth-fear.
People that want to license our images regularly contact our licensing team – we get many of these every day of the week.
So why don’t I use watermarks? It’s a multi-part philosophy –
1) Watermarks look ugly. Whenever I look at a photo with a watermark, often times, ALL I can think about is that watermark! It's so distracting. Maybe this is just me.
2) Legitimate companies do not steal images to use commercially. So I don’t have any logical fear there. *In case of emergency, break glass and see #4
3) There are other services, like Tineye (and Google) that can help my team easily find bottom-feeders.
4) We do register our images with the copyright office, so if someone uses an image commercially without a proper license, it is an easy lawsuit.
5) I don’t have to maintain two versions of each image – one with a watermark and one without.
6) NOT using watermarks and using creative commons helps more and more people to use your image freely for fun, which increases traffic and builds something I call “internet-trust."
7) As image search and image recognition get better and better, there will be no need to watermark things. In 1 year+, we'll be able to r-click an image and choose "Google-find the original creator" -- there is a bit trail to first-on-the-internet.
8) Yes, last, there will be bottom-feeders that steal your stuff. I call this the cost of doing business on the internet. These are the Tic-Tacs that are stolen from the 7-11. It is impossible to maintain 100% of your digital inventory, so wanting "perfection" in your online strategy is an illusion.
- The Mergis GroupCreative Online Professional & Consultant, 2010 - present
- Creative GroupCreative Online Professional & Consultant, 2001 - present
- AquentCreative Online Professional & Consultant, 2001 - present
- kmburck.comWebsite Producer, Content Manager, Community Manager, 2004 - present
Hello, I'm Kat!
I’m a kick ass community manager, website producer, and content manager!
Here are the reasons I am good at what I do:
- I regard myself as a highly motivated, quality-driven individual, with a strong desire to build strong client relationships and exceed expectations.
- I love to engage with people to understand their issue, so I can advocate on their behalf, ensuring that company and development priorities are informed of consumer needs.
- I'm also tenacious when it comes to finding answers and solutions. This comes naturally to me, and I LOVE the challenge!
- I thrive in environments that support my creativity and help me succeed in what I do best.
- Managing multiple web projects keeps me engaged and energized.
Some of my hobbies include building my own computer, beta testing games, apps, and software. I'm also a gadget geek, lover of sci-fi, music, movies, a foodie, lover of languages, photographer, and wannabe world traveler. Oh, and I love karaoke too! I'm the organizer for our OCWP Karaoke Nights!
- Hall High
- Bulkeley High