I am really proud of a picture I took the other day, and by evening, my face hurt from grinning about it so much. But my joy was quickly stomped down by the realization that my hard work was extremely easy to steal.
I don’t usually post my best pictures on here, and I definitely don’t put my very best on social media most of the time because I’m worried about someone stealing it. I hate the way watermarking makes my pictures look, but it’s better than having them stolen.
I worked my but off to afford my camera, I spend every minute I can spare learning new techniques, and its taken hundreds of hours of trial and error to learn what works and what doesn’t and how changing one setting on my camera affects everything else. I have had to learn everything by myself and it has been a painstaking, slow process. I’m often up until long after midnight on my computer editing and learning how to edit on a computer not meant for graphics that loves to freeze up in the middle of saving an hour’s worth of squinting at a too- bright screen making tiny adjustments at a time to light, shadow, and color. After all of that hard work, frustration, triumphs, and utter failures, I’m not willing to risk someone else taking a screenshot or saving a picture of mine and reposting it as their own.
All that to say that from now on, at least the pictures that I’m going to be offering as for sale soon will be watermarked. If that makes my blog’s pictures too annoying for you to look at, go read someone else’s blog.
My watermark will change and get smaller and less obtrusive eventually, but for now it’s big and ugly.
I know its not as crystal clear and sharp as what professions can do, but considering that I’ve only been using this camera a couple months and it’s a cheap kit lense, I think it’s pretty good.