Professional Photographer's tip week: Copyright, Tip 1
New to the Professional Photographer’s website are our themed tips of the week. Each week we will be introducing a new collection of top tips, based around a certain theme. This week’s theme is Copyright.
On the topic of copyright, today’s tip is about watermarking:
It is important to ensure that all your images carry the accreditation to you, no matter where they end up. Metadata can be stripped, so it's worth considering your watermark options. But be careful: Images that are completely covered in watermarks can really put an editor or client off. If it is difficult to see the image behind the mark, your intended new client will proably move on to the next email in their inbox.
The first step is finding a watermark that suits you and your style of photography, which is non-intrusive to the image but noticeable at the same time.
If you are just starting to think what your branding might look like then these sites could help you make those ideas more concrete and assist you in creating your first, or a better, watermark.
Here are three sites to get you started
Linked to Flickr, users can create text or image watermarks, accessing their own Flickr account.
This site allows you to be more creative with your text and enables you to blend it better with your image.
Free online watermarker:
This does, what it says on the tin; it's a free watermarker site that allows you to create your own original text to overlay your images. Each image can be watermarked one at a time but upgrading to the paid service enables you to watermark multiple images.
What do you think about watermarking and what works best for you? Post your comments below or tell us your thoughts on our Facebook or Twitter pages.
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