I have been getting a lot of slack lately about watermarking my photos! People actually tell me I like your photo but remove the watermark, I find this happens on 500px mostly but other places too.
I am not really understanding how a small watermark in the lower corner that is out of the way really “takes away” from the image you are liking unless you want to “borrow” it for your desktop or other use.
On my Photography SmugMug Page Nicholas Pappagallo.com I also watermark my photos with my logo, copyright them in the metadata, right click protect them & make the viewable size small, to make it not as “steal-able” as a full size original. Do I not have the right to protect my intellectual property, that is out there in the open? Is this any different than a New Yorker Locking their bike up or you taking your keys out of your car when you go to the mall?
This is my feeling on the subject: Artists have forever watermarked their sculptures, paintings, photos, etc. Everything IS watermarked!! Go outside how many times is your car watermarked? – the steering wheel, the hood, the rear, the licence plate holder, the keys, the radio, the seats, the engine .. it goes on .. but you get the point .. you dont tell the dealer this is an awesome Ferrari but please remove your logos from it??
Every TV, Appliance, radio, etc is watermarked, some you love to show off such as your brand new iPhone 5, gloat about how you have a Harley or a BMW or your Canon or Nikon Camera … so why should I get short changed in this world of corporate branding?
Not only does it protect me ( A Little) but it brands the work to me so if they want to find more they can!
I say Watermark everything all the time! Argue if you want but if a small translucent signature is too much for you to handle, then you should have scratched the glowing Apple off your $2500 brand new Macbook Pro a long time ago, and painted over the signature of Monet, or took a crowbar to your Landrovers hood to get their logo off then come give me a hard time.
Rant over feel free to comment below and tell me how you really feel.