Blogging is a lovely journey and one that teaches you lessons along the way. Some good, some less so. One of the lessons I’ve learnt is that of photography. I have always been interested in photography albeit in a small way. The rise in digital cameras and the dropping of the price tags made it more affordable for me to take it on as a small hobby. And taking pictures for the blog teaches me a lot about still life photography too.
But do you have to watermark your photos that you upload on your blog? I think there are 2 schools of thought when it comes to this. You will have seen my photos, and you will realize that I watermark mine. The method of watermarking and my watermark has changed and evolved over the years, but I stick to placing a watermark and that is my choice.
I’d like to know what readers think too. As reader, I know that sometimes, watermarks can be quite distracting so your input will be very helpful for me and other bloggers out there wondering the same thing :D
A watermark is a way of marking the photo to show ownership and proprietorship. It is also a way to deter others from stealing your photo and passing it off for their own. Heaven knows, it happens so often online. For some people, just because something is available online, whether it be text or photos, means that it is public property. How wrong they are!
In terms of beauty blogs, I will say that whilst I don’t take the best photographs out there, I take pride in knowing that they are mine. I put work into making them look the way they look and I want to claim ownership, good or bad. I started out by placing a watermark of my blog URL or blog logo in a corner. I thought it was sufficient.
However, unscrupulous people soon took the photo, cropped out the watermark (the cheek!) and passed off the photo for their own. I recognise my photos, and especially when it is my property e.g. my bag, my hand etc. That made me mad. So, I went to the other drastic extreme. I slapped the header logo right in the middle of my photos. It was ugly, and it was distracting but it made my point. Its MINE :P
In recent times, I decided to take a slightly more subtle approach. I still watermark my photos with my blog URL, but I place the text in the midst of my photo, in an area that is hard to crop out but not as distracting. That is my choice and whilst some people might say that people can still steal the photos if they want to, for me, I’ve done all I can to deter that and if they choose to use my photo on their website, they can jolly well live with advertising my blog for me :P
The other school of thought which is employed by many blogs I see, especially the larger ones, is not to watermark the photos at all. I will agree that watermarking distracts from a beautiful shot and it can jar wildly with how a product, or shot looks. I salute them, because I’ve seen their photos used in any number of places online. I guess they have achieved that zen state of being that allows them to share their art with the world, while I’m still bogged down by feelings of selfishness and possessiveness. Some day, I might achieve that sort of Nirvana but till then, watermarking is my way to go :)
Do you watermark your photos on your blog? Is there a reason why you do or do not? As a reader, does it bug you to see a watermarked photo? I must say that as a reader, I’m not bugged by it because I understand where the blogger is coming from. However, I will also confess that when I see a non-watermarked photo on a blog, I am less distracted and can view the photo in a more wholesome manner, the way the photographer intended to draw my eye. Pros and cons I guess – you?
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