Watermarks?

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  1. jubileesong

    jubileesong TPF Noob!

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    Hello, all!

    I'm not exactly a photographer (though I am a shutterbug!) but I do have a question raised to me by a friend of mine on the subject of watermarking photos. She's working on starting a photography business, and she watermarks ALL her pictures--even the ones she gives out to her clients. I'd never heard of doing this before and I told her I thought watermarks were great for posting work online, but when a client purchases a picture they pay for the picture, not for the picture with advertisement.

    To be fair to her, while the watermark is obvious it isn't obtrusive.

    So, is it normal for a professional photographer (or an aspiring professional!) to watermark ALL their work, even the digital prints that a client buys?

    (I'm hoping I'm right on this one, but only because I don't want to eat humble pie when I go back to her if I'm wrong :p )

    Thanks!!
     
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    The biggest portrait photographer in my town plasters his last name onto the corner of all of his prints that clients buy.
     
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    jubileesong TPF Noob!

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    Ah. Well, thank you. I'd never heard of doing this, but I wouldn't be an authority.

    Guess it's time for a bit of that pie... :)

    Thanks again!
     
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    Hmmm, I guess that depends on what kind of photography she is doing. If she is doing portraits, I'd say it's a bad idea to keep her watermark on the image if someone buys a print. Nobody wants a family photo in their home with a watermark. You should let her know that many labs will print copyrights on the back of the photo for her. That might be another option.

    On the other hand, if she is doing landscape or macro photography, I don't think it matters if she keeps her name on it. Haven't you ever gone into one of those art stores in the mall? I think it would be hard to find a piece of art for your home without the artists name on it.
     
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    Like what BekahAura said, it depends on the photographer. But for me personally, I am shooting weddings and I do not put watermarks in all of the pictures as well as those that I already enhanced and edited.
    I only put watermarks once I post it online.
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    I don't watermark my clients prints.

    I emboss the prints instead.
     
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    Christie Photo No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Yeah... I think there's a bit of confusion about the word "watermark." If we're talking about a studio logo in the lower corner of a portrait, that's just good sense. In fact, I sign any prints 16x20 and larger. It's expected. Some of my clients feel that if they invest in having me make their portrait, they want to flaunt it.

    A watermark is actually meant to spoil any attempt at duplicating an image.

    -Pete
     
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    ? Do this mean printing your logo in a bottom corner? Or you actually emobss the logo onto your image?
     
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    I don't have a logo, per se, but yes in the lower right corner of the print.
     

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