Should You Watermark Your Photos?

Should You Watermark Your Photos? | Advice for Photographers | Sincerely, Haley

Should You Watermark Your Photos?

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The topic of whether or not to apply a watermark to your photos is always a big discussion in any photography group. Some will say, "Yes, of course!", while others will say, "No way." It really comes down to person preference, so today I'm sharing a few things you should consider when trying to decide if you should watermark.

You might want to watermark your photos because it's free advertisement. When someone sees your photo and your name or logo is on it, they will always know who the photographer was. However, in my experience, this can also take away from the photo if it's not placed in an area that is away from the main subject, so if you do decide to watermark, please be mindful of placement. ;)

Another reason to watermark that you will come across in some discussions is that it protects your photo from being stolen. Well....sorry to tell you, but that's just not the case anymore. It is so so easy for the average consumer to remove a watermark. There are even apps dedicated to it, so please, do not make this your #1 reason why you're watermarking your work. 

Lastly, watermarking is an extra step in your post-processing workflow. If you're already frazzled by the amount of work you're doing, or if you're just trying to minimize the amount of time you're spending in front of the computer, watermarking might not be for you. However, if you don't mind a little extra work, by all means, watermark away!

Personally, I choose not to watermark my photos; mostly because I don't want to mess with the extra steps in my workflow. :)

Do you watermark your photos? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this topic!