The recent "watermark" thread got me wondering how the general public feels about seeing a copyright on a portrait proof site. I'm a member of a general forum, and I posted my question there, including a poll. Below, you'll see my question, and some of the answers. 95% said they would print it out themselves! Post by wildmaven on Jan 24, 1970, 3:27am So, you go and get your picture taken for a "sitting fee" and the photographer presents you with a website containing your images so you can decide which ones you want to order. You take a look at the site and notice that the quality is good enough to print them out nicely at a 4"x5" size. There's a watermark in the bottom corner, easy to crop out on any home computer, as it doesn't cover anything major in the photo. Would you print out the images yourself? Re: So, you go and get your picture taken... Yes, I would, I see no harm in that. It's not like It would hurt him if I printed a copy out to put it in an album, would it? Well if the photographer did not do a full photo watermark then it is his mistake . I believe watermarks are placed to prevent the photo from being altered or used without the consent of the photographer . But I think for personal use it would not be illegal ( I may be wrong ) but I'm assuming it is like graphics , If it is watermarked or has a registration mark then you can use it as long as you do not alter it in any way . My dad used to do the same sort of thing with my school photos years ago, i dont think its that wrong One reason was because it was my cousin's senior pictures, and they could only afford the $200.00 package (Wich was not enough copies for immediate family, let alone friends and such!) I figured that we paid the photographer $200.00 + sitting fees to have pictures taken. I found one of their Non Seinor year flyers, and a simular package was only $75.00. So they were taking advantage of the fact that the school was sending everyone to them. Here's how I look at it. Places that offer to take your picture should not own your face. It's your face, not theirs. Yes, they took the time and energy to take the picture, but to say that YOUR face is THIERS to copyright... well, I would punch them in THEIR face and say "copyright that, you losers" and then run away. Seeing as how I've not gotten my picture taken by a studio in quite a long time, if I were to go in I would print off my picture in any size I could manage. I'd edit out any watermark and go from there. My face, my property, my will to do with as I want. That places have the nerve to say that they own a picture of my face is wrong. But they do not own your face, they own that exact photo that they took. And you are susposed to go to them whenever you want more copies. (That is how they make money) However with high end digital cameras becomming more and more affordable, this is becoming less and less common. Many people are taking their own pictures. My aunt recently got a Digital Rebel camera. And she took my picture the other day, and it was soo good that it could have been taken at a professional studio. yeah I would, I mean WATERMARK IT BETTER NEXT TIME LOL! Sure, its ok...as long as they don't find out, right? If I had a photographer take a photo of me and for me, he or she would not watermark it. It's mine as I paid for the product and not just snapping the shot. My thoughts exactly! So, yeah, i'd print out the images myself though i'd be peeved about the watermark and having to act like a criminal.