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  1. Computer_Generated

    Computer_Generated TPF Noob!

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    Hey just out of curiosity does anyone use watermarks or other ways of protecting their photos online? I've just started to share my stuff online and they have a transparent text layer on them but that's easily photoshoped out. I haven't shared ful res images either... what do most people do in these situations?
     
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    Fiendish Astronaut TPF Noob!

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    I put a watermark on them. My main site is flash and you can't right click to save the images - someone determined enough could lift them of course but the photos are only 500px on their largest size so I don't think they'd be very useable for most purposes. On my Flickr site, my photos are marked as copyright and I do put a signature on. Also, only my contacts can click to see a bigger size.

    So if someone REALLY wanted to they could steal my images but they'd have to jump through enough hoops to know that they're doing something wrong and might not get the quality they wanted. For me it's a fine line between marketing myself and protecting my images. A few fans of a particular band have used my images on the band's official forum. They've cut the picture to a banner shape (to more naturally fit in the sig space) but because that crop has taken out my watermark they've re-written it onto the new cropped version. I find it impossible to actually take offence at this!

    Others I'm sure will employ a different tactic. Ultimately I guess it also depends on what your images are. If they are portraits of a member of the public, then other people are unlikely to want to lift them, but then you might want to consider how the subject of your photo might feel if, say, a picture of them semi-naked which you think is artistic is found on an internet porn site!!!
     
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    Thanks for the shared opinion Fiendish. I checked out your site - LOVE IT! I might think about the flash thing too. BTW I love your intro page photo - your place?
     
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    Fiendish Astronaut TPF Noob!

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    Thanks CG! The photo is from the set of a music video. So all lit up nicely for me...
     
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    I add none. I can defeat almost any watermark so I figure other people can too. I think the only reason to use a watermark is for advertisement purposes.
     
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    Anything on a computer screen can be stolen like THAT.

    Pushing the "Prnt Scrn" button on an un-watermarked isn't exactly "jumping through hoops", and almost any watermark can be defeated. If any particular image of yours good enough to be worrisome FOR YOU, don't put it on the internet in a size that worries you (whether that's, not enough to print an 8x10, or only a 400x400 preview).
     
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    justshootingconcerts TPF Noob!

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    I just add a simple text copyright sig in the bottom right corner of my photos. The photos on my website are fairly low resolution and they can't be 'right clicked' either. But like someone else said, if someone wants a photo bad enough, they can get it.

    Chad
     
  9. JerryPH

    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    If you are concerned about someone taking our pics on the net... don't put them there. Watermarks deter honest people, but rarely deters someone that wants to abuse your rights.

    Thats my 2 cents on that topic. :)
     
  10. gryphonslair99

    gryphonslair99 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Is this for business or family/friends? For business small, lo-rez, watermarked photos. Not worth the effort to steal and clean up.

    For family/friends, change permissions so only the invited family/friends can see them. Then invite only those you want to have access to them. Problem solved.
     
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    thx everyone for the suggestions. I'll just keep putting crappy watermarks on them to deture a little bit of people, I'll probably keep offering low rez versions too. Thx again.
     
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    nobody would steal my cruddy pics so i dont worry about it
     

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