To watermark or not to watermark?

Started Nov 10, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Clueless Wanderer
Clueless Wanderer OP Senior Member • Posts: 1,142
Re: To watermark or not to watermark?

SomebodyFamous wrote:

It's like Microsoft and that stupid code number. The people who are going to steal stuff are going to do it anyway. You're never going to get money from them.

You have to realise that 10% will never steal anything. 10% will never pay for anything. The remaining 80% can be steered in the right direction with good customer service. It's the 10:80:10 principle,

You cannot make a dishonest person honest just as you cannot make an honest person commit a crime.

Watermarking brands all your viewers as potential criminals that you don't trust. It's also a stupid idea that a lot of amateurs use because they think mistakenly that somebody might want to copy the weirdly coloured landscape with the strangely coloured sky. Every website viewer will be looking at that picture and saying what the heck is that and why is it on that amateur's website?

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I take photos for my own pleasure. I write books for my own pleasure too. If people buy them then fine. If not then I don't really care. The fun was in writing them. Income is just icing on top of the cake.

The 10:80:10 rule is very interesting. No you can't make dishonest people honest, but maybe you can deter opportunists.

Its like protecting your car from theft. If they want it, they will get it. However if the one next to yours is going to be easier to steal than yours, then they will go for that one instead and your security measures saved your car this time.. Years ago in the UK when I had a decent car I would park it next to ones that had no security measures, no alarm light flashing, no steering wheel lock, etc. Yeah, it wouldn't stop them taking mine if they wanted to, but maybe the ease of the one next to it could tempt them away..

If you saw two images and you were in the market to 'save as'. One of them you rated at 8 out of 10 and it carried a watermark the other 7 out of 10 but no water mark, which one would you take?

.So that's why Im watermarking

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