To watermark or not to watermark?

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Clueless Wanderer
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Re: To watermark or not to watermark?
In reply to Toccata47, 10 months ago

Toccata47 wrote:

Clueless Wanderer wrote:

RedFox88 wrote:

Spot on from my comment above. His photographs are not stock images, they are fine art. Sorry if you cannot recognize the difference. OP: again be wary of "advice" received on here. I find nothing wrong with the size of your images but I would have some sort of watermark. IMHO small watermarks do little to protect an image as they can much more easily be removed/cloned out, etc. If someone cannot see "past" the watermark thinking it "ruins the viewing experience" they are unlikely those that would actually purchase from you. Keep that in mind!

Man, thanks for this

You have provided a really informative opinion with clear perspective.

"If someone cannot see "past" the watermark thinking it "ruins the viewing experience" they are unlikely those that would actually purchase from you" - RedFox88 - This is the kind of thing I was looking for when I originally posted, a perspective on potential buyers attitudes. Again, thanks

BTW, I knew I would have to filter a certain amount of responses

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Ok well, I do buy photographs online but most are sold through galleries rather than individuals such as yourself. I'm certainly open to it if the photos are good. With your's it's hard for me to get a sense of what I'm looking at because the images, as I said previously are too small. In this past year I've probably added about $4,000 in prints but this has been an unusual year.

As the whole website pages are 1024x768px and the 3:2 ratio images are 750x500px, They couldn't be much bigger and still leave space for the thumbnails that allow the user to browse at their own pace.

The images at their current size are also making the page weigh in the region of 1MB.  If they were any larger they would be dragging the download speed even more than what they are. Increased image size may help some visitors but a slow download speed will have far more of them clicking out and onto another website. Also page speed is a factor in Googles rankings.

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