Picture: Trees at sunset, Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin County, California
I’d really love it if you’d leave a comment with your thoughts, personal preferences, or any feedback in general on the following:
I’ve been struggling with my own Border War. I’m not talking between countries, and it’s not the TV Show on the NGS Channel. Rather, my dilemma involves the re-occurring debate about the use of Photo Borders and watermarks. There are many people who hate large intrusive watermarks on images, many of whom would prefer no watermark at all. Other folks dislike Image Borders, claiming they take away from the photo. The one thing I do know, as a professional photographer, I refuse to send my images out into the world without a shred of identifying information. This was recently strongly reinforced when I finally started to explore the web site, Pinterest. The one thing I quickly discovered was how many great photos appeared scattered like buckshot across the site, yet you rare;y see a clear indication of who the photographer was.
Up to this point, I’ve been including a light opaque watermark with my logo, name, and URL. However, to keep that watermark from being to visually disruptive within the image, it’s been getting more and more opaque. (Read: less & less visible.) The reason is it’s been more of a way for me to use it to ID an image as mine, but less of a way people could easily read, and therefore find me. From a professional standpoint, one thing you’d like is for someone to have seen one of your images, and to say “Wow, I’d love to have a copy of that for….” Unfortunately it does zero good if that person doesn’t know your the photographer or can’t find you.
So, I’ve been wrestling with including a more prominent photo border. On one hand, I’ve seen some nice uses of this method, while on another, the humble, Buddhist side of me has tended to shy away from self-aggrandizing presentations. But as I change some other areas of my business focus, I decided it was time to revisit this debate, and I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback. (Note: These are designed for Social Web-based presentation only, i.e. posting on FB, Pinterest, forums, etc., and would not be used on my web site or sold with that type of border on my prints.)
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Again, I’d love to hear any of your thoughts, personal preferences, or any feedback in general.
Thanks in advance,
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