Lately I’ve been thinking about adding a watermark to my photos (or not). You might have noticed I started to include the link of the blog in some images, in the left side – vertically – with quite some transparency. Here’s an example:
This was a test, to see how it looked and to understand if it makes sense or not for me to add this to my images. Let me tell you how I feel about a few things:
- Generally speaking seeing text on the image kind of disturbs me. I like to look at my photos and not have any extra distracting elements.
- Of course I could reduce its size and make it so small that I would barely notice it. But if you can’t see it, what’s the point of having a signature then?
- Why do I want to put a mark on my images? To avoid people stealing it and using it as their own?
- I guess if someone decided to steal my photos and use them as their own work there are no marks or signatures that would stop them for doing that. Nowadays with Photoshop removing a watermark is a piece of cake. Or simply cropping the image will do the trick.
With that said, there would be no reason for me to tag my photos.
BUT, on the other hand a watermark could be the only way of someone finding me in case one of my photos is exposed somewhere online but there’s no information about me or my blog. That mark would let anyone interested know that I’m the author and where to find me.
So maybe there’s a good reason to have a signature on my photos! 😉
I guess I need to explore some new designs, I will share them here so I can get some feedback.
How do you feel about watermark and signatures?
Do you have one & why (not)?