learning to watermark

For some reason, I was not really into the idea of watermarking my images. I am not sure why, maybe I didn’t want to take away from the photo or maybe I didn’t want to imply that I did not trust people to use my images without giving me credit… but in the last couple of weeks I have noticed my photos popping up on people’s sites and some of the photos being used are ones that have been taken off my sites without permission.

Granted most of the people using my photos are friends or family, but some are people I have not met or given permission to use the photos. So far all of the photos I have found are being used for innocent things like: myspace or facebook…. but photography is my business and therefore if people are going to use my photos, I would like to at least get credit. Because you never know…. maybe someone might see the amazing photo and wonder who to call in order to have such awesome photos taken of them. Like this one…


This is my friend Lindsay and she uses this photo for all her profile photos for all the myspace/friendster/linkster/facebookster sites…. and after spending a considerable amount of time searching for a suitable date for one of my loved ones on, I have realized that there is a need for good profile photos… a big need.

So now…. I watermark. And I even have learned how to make an action in photoshop so that the process is smooth and painless.

About the author paige green

Paige Green is a documentary and portrait photographer, whose storytelling approach to photography frequently addresses issues involving agriculture, land use, and food. Her work is featured in nine books and has been published in Glamour, National Geographic Traveler, New York Times Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, GQ, Country Living, House Beautiful, and Culture. Paige lives in Petaluma, CA with a house full of boys.

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