Are signatures on gallery photos still the done thing?

Started Mar 7, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Are signatures on gallery photos still the done thing?
Mar 7, 2013


Sorry if this comes across as an overly simplistic question, but I've looked around quite a lot and am very much in two minds about it:

I've built up a reasonable portfolio of shots in the last few years and have had a few people recently ask me if I have a web site. So I've started the process of updating and improving my long-neglected smugmug site. My idea is to get the photos in there and organized and then upgrade it to a pro account. I want to stress that I'm not expecting to make millions out of this, but I do see it as a starting point.

The QUESTION though is do I need to be placing a signature in the bottom right of each photo? I see a lot of great galleries that have one, and a lot of equally great ones that don't.

Are online security measures, copyright law and social media options sufficient (and sufficiently complex) to make a signature obsolete?

I'd be very interested to get opinions on this from those with more experience.

Thanks in advance,


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