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Hey all,

When it comes to watermarking... when do you and when do you not watermark an image for a model or client?

Do you watermark everything, even if, say, it is for a wedding shoot? I imagine you do not watermark if the client is paying for rights to the photo... but besides that, is everything watermarked?

I'm trying to get a business plan setup, so I'm trying to figure out when exactly I should watermark, on top of pricing, packages, etc.
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i use watermarks on everything i post up now that goes online to like picasa/flickr/facebook/craigslist..

as for official events, i only give them edited non-watermarked pictures... or raws by request. i doubt theyd want a watermark in the picture to their wedding lol.. could but really small.
 
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Originally Posted by iandroo888 View Post
i use watermarks on everything i post up now that goes online to like picasa/flickr/facebook/craigslist..

as for official events, i only give them edited non-watermarked pictures... or raws by request. i doubt theyd want a watermark in the picture to their wedding lol.. could but really small.


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i use watermarks on everything i post up now that goes online to like picasa/flickr/facebook/craigslist..

as for official events, i only give them edited non-watermarked pictures... or raws by request. i doubt theyd want a watermark in the picture to their wedding lol.. could but really small.
^^ this, I'd also state that in the contract in order for them to get the RAWs/non-watermarked images because you'll never know when they'll just ditch you...not being paranoid or an @$$ just a little bit of protection...a lesson I learned the hard way.
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raws are at a premium price.
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i dont really watermark much anymore as i realize not many people are going to steal my photos anyway since they are pretty average. i do watermark my sports shots because im proud of majority of those. but everything else is just average if if your going to steal one of my portrait shots your better off stealing a professional shot over mine lol that and i barely make any money off of them
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I wouldn't ever provide RAWs to a customer, no matter the deal (not even TFP with models, etc).

If you're interested in making the customer happy -- in terms of watermarking, the thing that I see done is use a service which will allow you to post your completed images online and provide the watermark FOR you. That way, you're not adding them onto the images yourself, and if people buy them, the service can remove the watermark from whatever's purchased (and can also prevent right click-saving, even with the watermarked version, but does not prevent the whole print screen copy/paste, which results in terrible quality anyway). Smugmug Pro is a good example of this.

Then, provide a DVD of unwatermarked stuff directly to the customer (provided you're giving them non-commercial rights to the images, of course).
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post #8 of 13
If you're watermarking delivered prints, you're doing it wrong.

Watermarks are ugly and stupid. Unless you're really worried about someone ripping it off, just leave it out. And if you're that worried, it better be damn good.
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yea if i took a shot that was super amazing i would watermark the crap out of it until i got it copy-written or something
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yea if i took a shot that was super amazing i would watermark the crap out of it until i got it copy-written or something
I print my good stuff.
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