10 thoughts on “Is Your Photo Ever Safe Online?

  1. lovely photo…

    I hear you…and I agree…I’m a real beginner at photography & posting online and when I first began posting my photos in October I didn’t us a watermark…I knew anyone who understood a program like Photoshop could find a way to remove the watermark…but once I began working with PhotoScape I found I could do a watermark very simply…so I did…I don’t think it will protect me, I do it because I can. as you mentioned, we have to have some trust in fellow man…

    • Thank you Heather,
      we do need some trust in our fellow man, but as i have seen recently in the news; media organizations taking images from social media claiming they are fair game, it does make me think twice about my own stance.

      • really? I didn’t see that, I will read your latest post on copyright…it says a great deal about the people running those particular media corporations…obviously they’ve lost their sense of respect for others…you know I think sometimes I’m too trusting…people often disappoint me in their actions! may I ask how small do you make your photos when you publish…I generally begin with 600 and they the software fits the rest…I hate to go to small, as I find the larger the nicer it looks???
        thanks…

      • When i resize my image the first thing i do is sample down the the image to 72ppi from 240ppi and then resize the image to 500px on the longest side. I then save the image for web.
        This gives a rough print size of a standard 5 by 6 inch photograph. If the image is enlarges even by 150% it becomes pixelated. The post about the media organizations taking images was written today and can be found here https://aperture64.wordpress.com/2013/01/18/judge-rules-on-infringement-while-getty-hands-over-images-to-google/

  2. Great post that covered alot of bases – though I already fill in the metadata I will be looking through WP.com for a plug-in – should be something seeing I’m paying a yearly fee! It is so true about people finding a way to appropriate one’s work if they really want it – I leave it up to photographic karma to get them back!

  3. Nicely written and agreed it is a slippery slope. I’m of a like mindset to you in that if someone is going to steal it they are going to steal it – there will always be ways. I’m of the mindset that if someone steals one of my pictures and shares it as there own then that is something in them that no disclaimer was going to prevent – more of a character flaw in them personally.

    Alternatively, I don’t worry about someone stealing my work – my hope is that they become a regular blog reader and may visit back from time to time. When I created an image I did so with the thought that they would be viewed and shared and while I do hope for ‘credit’ I think eventually someone else that has been in contact with the thief will stumble upon my humble blog see that it was mine originally and become a regular reader themselves.

    Maybe I’m naive but I didn’t get into photography to make money but rather I did it for the art and the fun of it. Hopefully people enjoy and appreciate my work and the thievery is really somehow a compliment?

    Anyways, too much rambling – great post – very thought provoking.

    • I very much agree with you on all those points.
      There was a post I read but can’t find again about photographic Karma. If someone steals your image and tries to pass themselves off as something they are not, when they are approached for a commission they won’t be able to match what they say they can do.

      Ramble away it sometimes is the way to make the best points.

      • Thanks – glad I actually made a point I was just typing away and hit ‘send’ hoping it made sense. Photographic karma for sure – to each their own I suppose but while I admire (and sometimes may copy a location) I always give credit to the person that inspired me to take the shot. Often times while on location I try to find ways to make it a different shot and post that one instead – leaving the copy to the throw away pile.

      • I think that seeing an image and wanting to try and replicate it is actually part of learning and not really copying.

        You see and image you like and you try to replicate it. It will never be the same even if you use the same camera and settings because the light in that moment is unique.
        Also when you are out on location or in the studio you may see something different, maybe an angle or perspective and this becomes the image from the shoot.

        My first photography teacher said that to copy was the sign of a student becoming a master, and to be a master is for people not to know you are copying. I sometimes say the same thing about Photoshop.

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