Photographers sharing their perspectives on watermarks:

    Jeff Sinon, Jeff Sinon Photography
    Mary McAvoy, The Ripest Pics
    Karla Aguilar, Traveller Soul
    Richard Smith Jr., Reckless Pixel
    Marcus Kazmierczak, Mkaz.com
    Jen Hooks, Light Candy
    Pam Kocke, Pyjammy’s {Identical} Triplets
    Donncha Ó Caoimh, In Photos
    Stephen McLeod Blythe, All My Friends Are JPEGs

Many photographers display watermarks — commonly known in the form of a visible marker such as text, a logo, or a signature — on photographs for various reasons, while others strongly prefer not to add them. Here, we’ve asked a handful of WordPress photographers their takes. You’ll read a mix of opinions from bloggers who take pictures for different reasons, their various experiences and methods, and links to other sources of information.

Crashing surf, granite spires, and the sun braking through the clouds, all combine in this dramatic image carpeted along the rocky New Hampshire coast.

Crashing surf, granite spires, and the sun braking through the clouds, all combine in this dramatic image carpeted along the rocky New Hampshire coast.

Like other roundups on The Daily Post that compile the best practices of bloggers, our goal is not to tell you what’s “right” or “wrong,” but to present a range of perspectives so you can decide what you are most comfortable with — and choose the best route for you and your photographs.
Do you use watermarks on your blog images? If yes, why is this important? If no, why is it not necessary for you?

    Jeff Sinon is a nature and landscape photographer. He’s an active Daily Post participant and has written posts for us on composition and image orientation.

Jeff: Yes, always. I use watermarks as both a security measure against image theft, as well as for branding.

Considering the “if it’s on the internet it must be free” mentality that seems so prevalent, I do everything I can to make sure my photos aren’t used without my permission and that I’m being compensated for their use. I make my watermark fairly large so that an attempt to crop it out will usually have a detrimental effect on the photo. I use my watermark, along with only sharing low-resolution files, as a deterrent to unauthorized use.

Image by Jeff Sinon

    My watermark is also my logo, my brand.
    –Jeff Sinon

My watermark is also my logo, my brand. It’s very distinctive and recognizable, letting people know that they are looking at a photo by Jeff Sinon. While some people argue that a watermark detracts from the photo, I’ve had almost universally positive feedback on my watermark, with only a handful of people complaining about its size.

    Richard Smith Jr. is a photographic artist from New Jersey.

Richard: Do I use watermarks? My answer is yes and no: it depends on the nature of the photo. I am a photographer and more so a Photoshop artist, and I create images that may be printed and sold, or I might have a client who has hired me to create an image. Either way, I will watermark it when posting to my blog. I feel the mark should not be distracting: a simple custom watermark in the lower corner is sufficient.

To read the rest of the article and the other photographers opinions go here.