Something that bugs me when I see it, although I understand why we do it; is putting watermarks on online images of our art.
Is it really necessary?
Why does it bug me so? Because watermarks on your art, in my opinion, detract from the beauty of viewing your art. I often catch myself trying to imagine what the image really looks like with out the obstructive watermark blocking the experience.
And yes, someone CAN download your images, and yes, they COULD reuse the images for their own gain. And , YES, it would be stealing if they made stuff from your pics.
But two questions come up:
1. Can they REALLY do anything with a 72 dpi image? Will an image created for online viewing REALLY look good once blown up for offline use?
2. Can they really steal business from you downloading your images and reusing them?
I think what bugs me most is that often I see artists putting more thought into how to place watermarks on their images rather than putting thought into a strategic plan for their art career altogether (launching their website, launching their Facebook page, finishing projects, etc.)
I could be in the minority on this…but what do YOU think?