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Dave Seeram is the Editor of PhotographyBB Magazine, photographer, Canucks fan, Lostie,  fanboy, Dad, blogger, entrepreneur, and part-time superhero. Dave is the owner of this blog, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of the PhotographyBB Magazine and CLARITY: PHOTOGRAPHY BEYOND THE CAMERA
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    1. @Sean Agreed. Keeping the images low-res is something that do, but it doesn’t fully prevent people from using my photos on the web elsewhere.

      I’ll be following up with a post on how you can protect your images from “digital theft” shortly.

      Thanks for your comment!

  1. An interesting post, thanks for sharing. I hadn’t really thought much about the world of watermarking before, though I do definitely see its uses. Regarding the watermark ‘Frame’ method you mention, though, wouldn’t it be really too easy for someone to just crop the actual photo in the middle of the frame, and thus obtaining a copy of your image without the watermark too easily…?

    1. @Al Thanks for your comment. You are absolutely right, which is exactly why I don’t believe watermarks offer any protection for an online digital image. Unless someone goes with the type of watermark which blocks out all the good stuff in their photo!

      For me, the only purpose that a watermark serves is to provide some way of the viewer finding me; provided that 1) I want to be found, and 2) they want to find me!

      Love your site by the way, keep up the good work.

  2. I use the small watermark on the web-size pics I post and give clients for sharing. I briefly considered the “protection” approach, but I decided the negative effect of making a beautiful picture less beautiful would be a bigger cost to me in the end than the occasional poacher who crops out my logo.

    And of course, web pics are kept low-res.

  3. Robert

    I wish there was a way that you digitally “sign” your photograph. I wonder if the information held in the EXIF (within data portion of image file) could somehow remain *locked* so that no one could a) use your photo w/o your permission b) attempt to alter/edit the information held in there.

    I’ve recently changed the digital “author” of my Canon D-SLR with the EOS Utility. Whenever I transfer a photo that I’ve taken with this camera into Lightroom it automatically shows my name in the EXIF.

    But any of this EXIF data can be altered, making it unusable when it comes to prove ownership of a photograph?

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  4. rita

    Proving ownership: One could always hide one’s id very small in the picture itself. The only way to find it would be to look VERY close up (magnification 600%). This wouldn’t help people find you but if you needed to prove that your image had been stolen, this would do the trick. I suppose having the raw file would do that too and it’s easier. Oh well…

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