Now what a tough question this is… do you watermark your photos or not? I have always put a watermark either in the bottom left or right hand side of the photo… and I have tried to keep the watermark unobtrusive.
Nobody wants to get up one morning, google something and find that their photos have been stolen by some unscrupulous person who is now passing your work off as their own.
No matter where you put your watermark, a photo can still be cropped to remove the watermark, or the watermark can be removed by an expert using photoshop.
Yesterday I was reading an interesting blog post written by Matt Kloskowski back in 2013…. where he wants to banish watermarks, the far ends of the earth and save photos from obtrusive branding. 😀
Within his post he wrote:
I ran across a Google+ post of Tamara Lackey’s the other day and it reminded me that I’ve always been a fan of what she does with her photos. See, lots of people view certain styles of watermarks as not only protecting their photos, but branding them as well. And I can totally see that. But again, I think a lot of the watermarks (or “branding” marks) interfere with the photo too much. That’s why I like what Tamara does a lot. She puts a small colorful bar along side of her photos with her studio name.
So I thought about it and thought I wonder if I could do this with my photographs…. so in Photoshop I have made a template for landscape photographs as well as a template for portrait photographs. I have used layers and one layer being the colour of the band, which I can change quite easily to compliment the primary colour of my photograph.
Yes it is a little extra work, and involves either exporting the picture to photoshop via Lightroom or saving the picture and then opening it in Photoshop… but I do think it might be worth that extra little bit of time, in order to remove watermark completely from the image.
Just a few examples of what can be achieved…..