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How do I water mark photos?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by kennedyscochins, Jul 31, 2010.

  1. kennedyscochins

    kennedyscochins Songster

    Sep 1, 2009
    Big Clifty
    Not sure if this is the right place to post this or not. I was looking through craigslist and found an ad for cochin bantams and thought I would look. What I found was someone who was listing bantam cochins for sale but had posted MY COCHIN PICTURES FROM MY WEBSITE!!! My cochins weren't even bantams! Anyway, someone told me to water mark my photos so they couldn't be copied. How do I do that?
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    I am no expert, but in the program you use for your photos there should be a choice for watermarks, or add comment, etc.
  3. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    I use Photoshop... I make a brush and then just stamp it on.
  4. Chook-A-Holic

    Chook-A-Holic Songster

    Oct 5, 2009
    Central, N.C.
    I use TSR Watermark Image software. It's free for personal use and works well. It even does whole folders and files of images if you want.

  5. RoninComputing

    RoninComputing In the Brooder

    May 10, 2010
    Tempe AZ
    You can also on your website disable thr right click for that images you do mot want to be copied...

  6. Watermarking your photos isn't going to stop anyone, and this I've learned. Give me your best watermarked photo, and I promise I can photoshop it. The only sure way to protect your photos is to keep the OFFline.

    Sadly, once you post something on your blog, website, or public internet forum, its there for the taking. Most folks will be honest and wont steal your photo, however there are still those select few.

    And you have to think about like this as well... the chance that your photo is going to be stolen, and used to make millions is slim, to absolutely no chance in fozen over hell... so why worry about it? And I'm a photographer.
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2010
  7. Quote:Doesnt stop anything, it only deters them long enough for them to find the file location.
  8. kennedyscochins

    kennedyscochins Songster

    Sep 1, 2009
    Big Clifty
    Quote:I looked up information about stealing photos and it is actually illegal. So, it' not really "there for the taking". The fact that they used my photos wasn't as much the problem with me as it was that they were representing my cochins as being what they had for sale. I just need info on how to keep that from happening.
  9. TM Chickens

    TM Chickens Songster

    Mar 3, 2008
  10. Quote:Well of course it is! It falls under theft of 'Intellectual Property.' But that doesn't stop anyone because 'Intellectual Property' doesn't really mean diddly squat unless you have the financial ability to pay a lawyer to help you enforce the law. FBI task forces aren't exactly setting up sting operations for people stealing chicken pictures - or any other pictures for that matter, mine included. If I put an image on my blog, and someone steals it, photoshops it, puts it on their website or in their magazine and makes a million dollars - it wouldn't make a bit of difference unless I had the money to support the attorney fees and court costs it would take to prove my case.

    Quote:And I'm giving you advice. You can put as many watermarks on an image as you like, but the only way to keep your images from being used by others is to NOT post them anywhere online.

    Look... its even happened to me!

    Look at these pictures: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=281756

    go to the ABA Website here: http://www.bantamclub.com/site/ Scroll down to the bottom of the page and see if anything looks familiar? The AMERICAN BANTAM ASSOCIATION even did it, and I have never given them direct written permission to publish that photo!
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2010

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