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Hi am setting up my own website to show my photos and was wondering if i would need to watermark them or would it be ok without justs looking a few opinions
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Watermarks are a contentious issue with some, but on your own website I would recommend disabling right-click permissions and having a clear copyright statement in your gallery clarifying any permissions you allow (or don't, for that matter)
The perfect answer IMO.
This is the method I have used for years and the beauty of the process is, once all set up, it takes seconds to blend it perfectly into the image so as NOT to detract from the actual image itself.
Here's an example of what I mean:
The Copyright message is ' © Mike Otley Photography '
It's very definitely 'there' whilst not being distracting.
Quote: Watermarks are a contentious issue with some, but on your own website I would recommend disabling right-click permissions and having a clear copyright statement in your gallery clarifying any permissions you allow (or don't, for that matter)
Disabling right click is not only bad manners, but is also pointless. any modern browser will be able to give full access to the images anyway. Preventing users from using primary navigation tools will alienate the visitor and will not prevent image theft.
If you don't want images to be copied don't put them on the internet. What you should do is make them large enough to give a good representation of the work but not so large as to be printable in anything but smallish prints. Use a watermark but be subtle, don't make the image impossible to enjoy.Remember that the viewer has already copied the images by dint of viewing the page. Allow them to enjoy viewing without making the images perfect for printing purposes.
Never swap right click for a message box, especially not one that says something like "stop thief!" which I've seen on a few sites. There's nothing like presuming a customer is a shoplifter for quickly having a customer free shop.
We always watermark but it doesn't prevent theft. One good friend specializes in fine-art pregnancy photography and she does regular checks for stolen images using proprietry software.
A few months back, she found one of her images being used on a foreign porn site. The very clear watermark, giving her web address couldn't have helped her reputation. A large part of the world doesn't seem to understand the concept of copyright!
+1 66tricky - if you're really worried about stuff being copied don't put it on the net. I'm not sure, but I think the issue of image theft is, for most of us at least, not likely to be a big problem. An annoyance yes, but a problem, probably not. If someone nicked one of my images I'd be a bit irritated (but probably secretly a tiny bit pleased someone liked it enough to nick it - but maybe no if it ended up on a foreign porn site!).
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