A&P Watermarking your images

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  1. Reverend

    Reverend OT Supporter

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    Why do you or why don't you?

    I almost always do, just in case someone likes my work and wants to buy it or hire me, they can find me.
     
  2. flavin

    flavin Piss Off Hamburgler. This is my Chicken Sandwich!

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    I do it to be cool
     
  3. IntheWorks

    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    I only add watermarks to client proofs....
     
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    Why dont you just put your info in the EXIF?
     
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    flavin Piss Off Hamburgler. This is my Chicken Sandwich!

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    Does anyone other then Photographers look at the EXIF?
     
  6. Reverend

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    I suppose you could, but a.) its a bit more work than just dropping a layer on top of an image and saving, and b.) the "average" user doesn't know to look in the EXIF data for copyright info. Most of the time they don't even know that it exists in the first place.
     
  7. Blair

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    exif doesnt stop people from making prints and putting them on their myspace or flickr.
     
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    Watermarks are gay, and signatures can be cropped out, so I don't bother.
     
  9. Reverend

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    Maybe I'm just too damn territorial about my work. I agree with Blair.
     
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    If your paranoid about this, then don't post your pictures online at all. Watermarks can easily be either cropped or cloned out.
     
  11. flavin

    flavin Piss Off Hamburgler. This is my Chicken Sandwich!

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    Just lower the Res and size of the image. I always use 150dpi. If they save it and try to print it then it will be to small
     
  12. Reverend

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    The OTers bitch about the size being too small.
     
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    The only time I'll drop a watermark will be when I have a website, so if anyone likes my work they know where to go and see more. Other than that I think it's pretty pointless.
     
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    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    but it does stop some labs from printing them without a release.
     
  15. Reverend

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    Define "lab."

    Maybe mpix or miller's won't print it, but wal mart and walgreens probably don't notice the exif data.
     
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  17. IntheWorks

    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    actually, walmart and walgreens are pretty strict about it. My mom can't get anything at walgreens printed of my son without a print release from me.
     
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    costco too
     
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    lightroom puts it on at import
     
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    if you're going to do one, I'd have a logo, not just your name, and put it on the side or bottom of the photo, not on the photo itself. less secure, but if someone wants an 8x10 of a 4oo pixel proof, they have enough issues already. Still brands you and looks better.
     
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    just lower the pixel size. a 1000x1000 pixel image at 300dpi, or at 150dpi, or at 72dpi will all print in the same crappy way. but if you give them the same 3000x3000 pixel image at 150 dpi vs. 300dpi, they can just crank the dpi up if the pixels are still there.

    also, if youre not intending on people paying you for your image, what do you REALLY lose if they use your image? if anything you now have a commercial print item to throw in your portfolio if you even care enough to keep a portfolio.
     
  22. bonesdsm

    bonesdsm Ron Paul for Life.

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    ahh the beauty of film fotography. With every picture theres a negative for you to keep for yourself.
     
  23. mojito

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    thats what shooting RAW is for. but that doesn't keep someone else from stealing the image once its online
     
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    i use smugmug to auto watermark my images (adds an overlay without modifying the original photo), so people can go to my website to see my work if they see a picture online. but i only watermark portraits and events. i don't watermark landscape, artsy pics, random because i dont think people care to repost my personal stuff online.
     
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    sometimes I do, sometimes I don't

    I've never come up with anything that I really like.
     

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