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    Watermarking

    Watermarking, that thing we do to put our name or details onto our photographs. Some of us put them in a corner, others put then across the centre of the photo, but then if you were really concerned about copyright and image use, you could put them all over your photos.

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    Just click a photo to see what I mean. Would this be something you would consider?
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    spoiled the image for me, the photographer may have done great work, but it's lost under watermarks

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    The only way to protect images online (and even that is not perfect) is to heavily watermark the important parts of the image.
    A few years ago I posted some images of a celebrity on AP, we had a rush of people joining, I then edited the images with an ugly watermark.
    Normally I don't bother.
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    Kym.. my wife & I naturally have 2 seperate watermarks.. a joint one for when we both shoot the same thing & of course the AP watermark.

    Whats your thoughts on an image or just go with plain text? We are using plain text at the moment as neither of us a good enough to make something in Photoshop to use.
    Then of course there is the decision.. does the joint one go across middle of the image when uploaded to the site (so it cant be reused) or not?
    Our own personal ones naturally go where we know they wont attract someone from viewing the image
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    Hmmm....i can understand why it is done but definitely spoiled the images
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    Too much watermarking! I can't 'see' the image because the watermark is so distracting / disruptive, so what's the point of uploading them if you can't view enough of it to get a feel for it?
    I get the concerns about theft, I really do, but this is a step too far IMO and would make me choose a different photog (if I was in the market) because I can't get a feel for the photogs work.
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    The pictures REALLY SPOIL the watermarks!!!
    CC, Image editing OK.

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    I can appreciate the fact that photographers use large/noticeable watermarking to ensure the safety of their image(s). However, too much watermarking definitely ruins photos, to the point where some viewers would either skim through them or skip them altogether.

    It's sad that we must always worry about images being stolen and/or used dishonestly, ruins it for everyone I guess...
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    I was going to ask about watermaking my images.
    First let me say I don't think I am in the class where my photos are of a class to be stolen.
    I think it is sort of like me letting everyone know that I took this shot.
    make it easier to understand sort of like a male dog marking is territory by cocking his leg.
    I have been working on about 15 designs since I got corel pro5x.
    But I still had to work out heaps on my own to get one working.
    So I am still a little unsure if I should go with one or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushranger View Post
    I was going to ask about watermaking my images.
    First let me say I don't think I am in the class where my photos are of a class to be stolen.
    I think it is sort of like me letting everyone know that I took this shot.
    make it easier to understand sort of like a male dog marking is territory by cocking his leg.
    I have been working on about 15 designs since I got corel pro5x.
    But I still had to work out heaps on my own to get one working.
    So I am still a little unsure if I should go with one or not.
    I would say, yes, go with one. Just put one in the corner of your photos. Whilst as you say your photos are not in a class to be stolen, you might be amazed how a photo you do not say is 'in the class' is found by someone who loves it and wants a copy. I sold a beach photo to a lady simply because her husband proposed to her on that beach. I even offered to go out and shoot it again during a nice sunset, but she wanted the photo I had, cause it reminded her of what the beach looked like on the day she was proposed to. So just cause you may think your photos are not in the class, watermark them, cause then someone who wants one, is more likely to be able to find you on the net. Watermarking for me is more about marketing, than protection.

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    If the images on that site weren't so large there would be no need to watermark them so heavily completely destroying the photos IMO.
    this looks like the work of a very paranoid person.
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    Watermarking isn't just about stopping theft.

    It's also about brand recognition. Most people here could spot one of Dylans photos by the watermark alone. (if not by the processiing/style)

    Personally, I do have a watermark, I'm just too lazy to include it in most of my shots. I really need to spend time to streamline my workflow.
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    As I have said I have been playing about with a couple of watermarks.
    And some are just was too childish to use as a serious one but it got me into looking on how or what I really wanted one to look.
    So played a little more and came up with a few that I liked and look like they could be serious watermarks.
    But I have worked them out on Corel, and now I have got paintshop cs6 and I have to work out if I can transfer these over to that.
    I am hoping there is a way to do it as i am no techno in any way. But I have friends who are and I will get them on to it.
    But thanks for the replies to this subject, I will post a shot once it is all worked out and let you know where to look for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushranger View Post
    As I have said I have been playing about with a couple of watermarks.
    And some are just was too childish to use as a serious one but it got me into looking on how or what I really wanted one to look.
    So played a little more and came up with a few that I liked and look like they could be serious watermarks.
    But I have worked them out on Corel, and now I have got paintshop cs6 and I have to work out if I can transfer these over to that.
    I am hoping there is a way to do it as i am no techno in any way. But I have friends who are and I will get them on to it.
    But thanks for the replies to this subject, I will post a shot once it is all worked out and let you know where to look for it.
    How to watermark for Photoshop : http://www.ausphotography.net.au/for...rush-method%29

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    It seems to me that the amount of watermarking is in inverse proportion to the quality of the photos! <insert catty smiley here!>

    Seriously though, the watermarking is way over the top and really detracts from the viewing experience. And let's face it, she's not a world class photographer! <Oops! Meowwwww!>
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    You're quite right Cheryl, the watermarks are better than the photos.
    All constructive criticism accepted with gratitude.


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    Blugh... omg... my eyes are burning man o man.... that's just terrible!
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    yeah, that's really..... awful.

    I have not bothered even thinking about watermarking anything of mine yet... but I am sure that she has shown me how not to do it
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    Watermarking

    Quote Originally Posted by ricktas View Post
    I would say, yes, go with one. Just put one in the corner of your photos. Whilst as you say your photos are not in a class to be stolen, you might be amazed how a photo you do not say is 'in the class' is found by someone who loves it and wants a copy. I sold a beach photo to a lady simply because her husband proposed to her on that beach. I even offered to go out and shoot it again during a nice sunset, but she wanted the photo I had, cause it reminded her of what the beach looked like on the day she was proposed to. So just cause you may think your photos are not in the class, watermark them, cause then someone who wants one, is more likely to be able to find you on the net. Watermarking for me is more about marketing, than protection.
    This x10000. I do photos for the local footy club... I don't consider them great, however someone somewhere will like it... (Generally the subject/family). If watermarked, they know exactly who to contact, to get a copy

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