All of my blog and Facebook images have a watermark. I've even started watermarking some of my personal photos I post online. I don't like to do it because it often takes away from the image itself, however, there is a good reason for doing so. I truly believe the vast majority of people are good and honest. Unfortunately, there are enough out there who steal that I must do everything I can to protect my clients and myself.
Just this week, a very talented and well-known photographer discovered her photos in the portfolio of someone else. The thief photographer not only stole property that didn't belong to her, but she misrepresented her work to her clients, who were undoubtedly disappointed when their photos did not look like the ones in her portfolio.
It doesn't stop there. I have heard of people stealing photos of adorable children and posting them to online forums, pretending to be the proud parent. Lastly, unscrupulous companies have stolen photos, rather than paying for commercial use, to be used in their advertisements. Is this what you want for your children?
There is nothing we can do to completely prevent this. A watermark placed in a location that makes it difficult to crop out will deter most thieves who will just move on to one of the many non-protected photos on the internet.
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