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Who would think such a simple question could be such a hot topic among photographers? And they all seem to have differing opinions on this topic. However, for this post, I will try to be as unbiased as possible and illustrate all the pros and cons of watermarking photos.
Photographers who share their images online and choose to use a watermark usually do so for four main reasons:
They do not want their clients printing their own photos - as part of their packaging may include prints.
They do not want their clients to print low-resolution images downloaded from the internet because they want to give their clients the best possible prints from a PROFESSIONAL PRINTING SERVICE.
They take pride in their hard work and do not want their images reproduced or stolen and posted on other websites without their consent.
I’m sure there are many other reasons why photographers choose to watermark their online images, but these four seem to be the most common - and they are entirely valid!
Of course, there is always a flip side to every situation. Photographers who choose NOT to watermark their images usually argue the following points:
“Watermarks are an eyesore and can weaken the "composition of your photo.” I’ve heard this one a few (read: several hundred) times.
If someone really wants to steal your photo, they will take it regardless of your watermark. Most watermarks can be removed quite easily these days using software and apps. Watermarks can also be cropped out if they are near the edge of your image.
If people steal your photos, it’s an easy lawsuit. But remember that it could also be hard to collect on any judgment.
So, should you use a watermark on your images? There is no right or wrong answer.
Many famous photographers use watermarks, and many do not. Hopefully, this post will help you make a more informed decision on what works best for you!
Do you have any questions or opinions you would like to share about Watermarking Images? Just leave us a comment below - we would LOVE to hear from you. And PLEASE SHARE this post using the social sharing buttons (we really appreciate it)!
Anna Gay is a portrait photographer based in Athens, GA and the author of the dPS ebook The Art of Self-Portraiture. She also designs actions and textures for Photoshop. When she is not shooting or writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband, and their two cats, Elphie and Fat Cat.