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Photographers: Do you like watermarking your photos?

Asked by whitetigress (3129points) December 21st, 2011

What are the pros and cons in your opinion?

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judochop's avatar

I find watermarks, signatures and logos to be super annoying. I figure, if someone wants to use my photo for something and not pay me for it then so be it. It is not like you are going to be able to print my photos off of my website and get a resolution that makes for framing.
I can’t stand it when photographers mark their product but this also goes for clothing I wear as well. If it has a logo, then it most likely will never make it on to my body.
Pros: Yeah we all know your name now! Awesome, high five!
Cons: Looks unnatural, stupid, annoying and elementary. I find that you build your brand by having your own style. I can look at some photographers I admire and I do not even need to know who shot it, I can just tell.

whitetigress's avatar

@judochop I agree, I find no hype and the subtleness and humility I found attractive about an artist is totally gone when the watermarks occur. It’s not really hard to ask someone to credit the photograph, and if people are dealing with those kind of shady people who don’t know how to credit in the first place, they probably shouldn’t be dealt with anyhow. But I’m curious to the philosophy behind a working photographer who does use watermarks anyhow.

downtide's avatar

I don’t watermark my art when I post it online, but I also don’t provide high-resolution images either. I don’t even make them available in a size big enough to use as desktop wallpaper. So it doesn’t really bother me that much if people want to steal them.

whitetigress's avatar

@downtide @judochop How do you guys go about saving original files and files used for online uploads. Separate folders I’m guessing? What is your process like? If you could PM that would be awesome!

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