Most of them are distracting, at the least, to me, and many are just plain awful. I presume it's not something considered "artistic" that the photog is splattering...
It does seem like some of the models like it, though... esp beginners that are easily impressed. Go figure people ~~
I try to keep my watermark off the llama when possible and either in the corner or in dead space of the image. I also accommodate llamas by sending a full resolution image that they can use for prints in addition to the watermarked one for web posting. I may not have the prettiest watermark but its simple and gets the job done.
Northern Lights Images wrote: I agree that some watermarks are crap.
who is stealing your intellectual property that you need your name all over it.
your shit isn't hold and people aren't stealing your awful pics of some girl in a bikini on a hood of your Hyundai.
You would be shocked at who steals what out there. Some of my best work never gets stolen and yet the photos of mine that often are frequently shock me that people steal them. I've had a simple photo of a bachelorette party on my blog get stolen over 50 times in the last two years. Never underestimate the power of stupid.
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Yes I have skipped out on photographers with huge watermarks and those who take great photos with really, horrible fonts (Comic Sans anyone?). I will politely suggest that the watermark takes the attention but if they refuse to make a middle compromise then not much I can do.
asianbella wrote: Has anyone else turned down or passed up a photographer because their watermark was too obnoxious?
I've seen some very good watermarks which blend into the photo.
Some are the average. You can see them they don't really go with the photo but don't necessarily clash either.
Then there's the ones that make me cringe, those crazy coloured, take up 1/4 of the photo watermarks.
On a shoot that I paid for I couldn't see the previews for the HUGE horrible watermark. I was less than impressed with what I thought I saw under them, but, I couldn't see under them. I passed on everything.
When we first got into serious photography, we opened an account on a commercial web page. We did not put a copyright notice any where asa we thought it would look "Tacky". Lo and Behold some SOB in India was ripping off our work and flogging it on his own. Copyright notice (very small, on the edge of the photo) is now standard. It will not stop theft, but it might slow it down a bit.
Port Townsend, Washington, US
i am more than willing to reduce and move watermarks should any llama desire that. and should i actually find some llamas to shoot.
as a side note: llamas who splatter graffiti all over their bodies are essentially watermarking themselves. those kind are a lot harder to [re]move. but i doubt any of those llamas would be on this thread complaining about photographers doing this.