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Watermarks


brrttpaul 3 203 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2013 5:26PM
Hi guys/gals,
I was browsing various pictures on the web (groups to join etc) and a lot of them have a watermark but when I put a watermarked photo on here last year it was heavily criticised so i threw the watermark idea out of the window (it was bad mind lol). I,m sure I was told that watermarks are easy to get rid of etc etc so why bother?. After looking at some of the photo,s I was thinking maybe I should watermark mine but if they that easy to get rid of is there any point?.

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keithh e2
11 23.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
25 Mar 2013 5:44PM
I look at most watermarks on EPZ and either laugh, giggle or walk on by.
puertouk 3 1.1k 17 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2013 6:04PM
A watermark will not stop people pinching your images
llareggub 4 756 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2013 6:10PM
Whether do or don't it is your decision, but do not accept any criticism for choosing the "do" route! They are your images and you should do what you wish with them, short of smacking a monster in the middle of an image then it has no impact on me being able to see the composition or technical aspects of a picture, so as far as I am concerned the image is not ruined (although it could be better of course).

The choice is all down to you Smile
brrttpaul 3 203 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2013 6:20PM

Quote:A watermark will not stop people pinching your images
and thats the point m trying to make, why have them if they that easy to get rid of?
keithh e2
11 23.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
25 Mar 2013 6:25PM
Watermarks have many uses...not all of them have anything to do with image security.
brrttpaul 3 203 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2013 7:20PM
Well ok got the self advertising but cant think of anything else, and if they easy to get rid of the advertising bit goes out of the window anyway. Am I missing something here?
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
25 Mar 2013 8:05PM
Hidden water marks are best Smile
Evertonian 1 545 England
26 Mar 2013 10:17AM

Quote:A watermark will not stop people pinching your images


A lousy picture will!
simont 10 2.2k 4 England
26 Mar 2013 11:50AM

Quote:Watermarks have many uses...not all of them have anything to do with image security.


Aren't you're thinking of "waterboarding" Smile
daniriot 7 6 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2013 11:45AM
I went through a few stages, I used to watermark with a logo. then after that it was text watermark, and now they are gone altogether.

Watermarks are old news, the new story is reverse image searches, it means you can keep an eye on where stolen versions are being posted without affecting how your image is viewed.

Add that to a good EXIF and you will always be able to trace where images are going.
779HOB 2 1.1k United Kingdom
27 Mar 2013 1:33PM

Quote:Add that to a good EXIF and you will always be able to trace where images are going.


Can't that just be deleted in Photoshop and re-saved?


Quote:reverse image searches


Is a very good tool and in combination with Paul's watermarking method is about the best way forward.
779HOB 2 1.1k United Kingdom
27 Mar 2013 1:39PM
EXIF data changed. This one now says it's mine - it still shows that the camera was yours of course but who's to say I didn't use your camera.

rose.jpg

KevSB 10 1.5k 5 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2013 1:56PM

Quote:Well ok got the self advertising but cant think of anything else, and if they easy to get rid of the advertising bit goes out of the window anyway. Am I missing something here?


If you have the original, the act of removing the watermark could be seen as deliberate attempt to defraud you, "I did not realise, sorry" wouldn't wash when they have gone to the lengths to remove it.

We live in a different world like it or not where materiel on the net is seen as public domain, your best protection as pointed out above is reverse image search, if you have the fight to get into a legal argument, otherwise your best to not upload or make them of such a quality that they can not be used.
I'm thinking of putting a logo on mine purely to let people know I took them, as I know in my case they will get shared everywhere.
Evertonian 1 545 England
27 Mar 2013 4:01PM

Quote:A watermark will not stop people pinching your images


Would you spend £hundreds attempting to sue somebody for using a picture of your origin with a value of maybe £50? (Upper agency price)

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