OK, so how would you feel if someone took photos from your blog and posted them on their blog or website and claimed that they did the work in the photos and they took the photos? I don’t know about you, but I’d be livid. Someone else taking credit for my hard work? Not cool. Not cool at all.
Seriously, I don’t know how many times I’ve heard about people taking other people’s photos and saying that either the child in the photo was their own (uh, super creepy, no?) or the work in the photo was their own.
And with the immense growth of Pinterest, I think it’s more important than ever to watermark your photos.
Don’t know how to watermark? Don’t worry, it’s a cinch. I use Photoshop to watermark mine, but If you don’t have Photoshop you can watermark your photos in Paint. I mean, everyone has Paint on their computer. Right? Just open your photo in Paint and use the text tool to create your watermark. Paint allows you to choose the color and placement of the watermark, which is nice. There are also some websites that offer free watermarking. PicMarkr and Watermark are two of them. You can watermark in Picnik, but since that will be leaving us in April you may not want to get attached.
How do you watermark your photos?
Has anyone taken your photos and said that they were their own?
Did you grab your DIY brass knuckles and beat them up?
EDIT: You can also usePicasa to edit and watermark your photos. It’s free, and I don’t think it will be leaving the Internets in April.