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 Post subject: Watermarks ?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 3:13 pm 
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When does one want to use a watermark (studio or name) in the corner of your photos ? Is this for security or advertisement reasons ?
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I use it for advertising. My deviantart page has really tiny watermarks that are just there to allow me to prove the work is mine on a rare occasion.

For social networking sites, however, the story changes. When I put up the shots from the festival I shot, everyone immediately "stole" them. Fortunately, I watermarked them, so my name is on every picture.

that's the point. On some sites, pictures spread. That's where you need to watermark. For clients....not so much, maybe to show some smaller clients examples.

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I am by no means a pro or even a good photographer. But I use a watermark for a very simple reason. I took a photo of a hill of clay that was totally cut up by sand - I named the photo "Sand Sculpture". I posted it on my web site and a few months later picked up a magazine with that photo in it. I was given no credit for taking the photo and even though - no one else was either - I felt betrayed because someone had stolen my photo. The only way I could ever prove that the photo was even mine was the fact that I had taken several photo of the same clay hill - which no one else should have.

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I hide a microscopic watermark in all my pics which you cannot see unless you know where to look for it. This way ppl are not distracted by it but if by chance I come across one of my images on the net or elsewhere used by someone else I can prove it is mine.

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