Is my watermark too big? plus questions...

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Is my watermark too big? plus questions...

My watermark is too big? Really? That's the comment I got from my friends mom. That my watermark is too big. Lol I have been sitting here trying to figure out why though. Is it really that big? Does it bother you? I told my friend that my watermark is for web images only for my own protection. I don't want people to copy my photos and claim them as their own or even just manipulate them in photoshop. Right now, if they do right click and save then it has my watermark at least. Ya know? I think what my friends mom thought was that they were going to be printed with the watermark. I don't think she's ever dealt with a photographer like me before. My friend told me she's always (her mom) just gone to Wal-Mart or cheap places like that where they edit the photos right then and there and order right away. Her mom was wondering why it was taking me so long (after 1 week only). I have tons of pictures left to go through and well I'm still on my vacation and actually have taken some time to edit quite a few of them but I am still not done with them. I'm about half way done I'd say. I'm pretty busy here too what with only 1 week left til I go back to Norway. Am I taking too long to edit them? I mean, considering my circumstances?

My friend really likes her pictures though. I told her that the images that are on FB or even my flickr are web only images. They won't be printed that way at all. Actually, now that flickr has changed I'm thinking I'm going to upload all their pictures there without the watermark (since now when you right click it doesn't let you save anymore) and they can see their pictures there the way they are going to be printed (except smaller resolution of course). I was going to use Mpix to upload the full resolution images and they can print whatever they want. Is that a good idea you think?

btw I love Mpix! The quality is awesome! Smile And I love that they print *do not copy* on the back of each photo!

~L

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No, There is no such thing as a watermark that is too large. Use one large enough to make you feel comfortable. In fact, I would say that your watermark is far too small and you are not placing it in a location that really protects the image. People could easily crop it out and still us the pictures without giving you credit. You should try to place the watermark in a place that makes it hard to remove from the image. Over body parts is a great place.

No, you're not taking too long. I tell people it will be 3 weeks til they get their images, and it almost always takes me at least 2 weeks for all portraiture sessions.

Even with the new settings on Flickr, I would still watermark. There is nothing keeping people from just taking a screen shot and using the web sized images that way.

I have a beef right now with MPIX. Their customer service is garbage and the most recent press printed items I get from them had several errors. Some were printed with HORRIBLE quality, some were misprinted completely, and they've not been helpful at all. I will be looking for a new printing company to suggest to clients, so if anyone knows a good printer for client use....please share.

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Thanks Amber! I didn't think my watermark was too big. When my friend told me that I immediately thought she probably didn't know what a watermark is for and why I put them on my pictures. Is that why photographers put "proof" or "do not copy" on their proof images right smack in the middle? Smile I feel pretty comfortable with my current watermark actually. I don't put it right smack in the middle of the picture but I know if the picture was cropped it would look a bit weird and not very good quality. That's also why I put a rounded corner frame on each one of them too.

The day of the wedding I told her mother it would be until Mid August at least until they were done. I think they all expected me to just upload them the way I took them. Lol

As for Mpix, I have only put in two orders and they look pretty good to me. But I'm sorry you are having problems with them. Sad that stinks! Do you only use Mpix for clients to use? I was going to send a link to my friend and let her order herself. Is that how you do it too or?

~L

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Yes, I had had really good luck with MPIX until recently when I tried to place an order for some press printed products. I've yet to find a good printing lab for press printed products. I use WHCC for my personal prints and for prints I purchase for products. I had always recommended MPIX to clients who wanted to purchase digital files and print their own.

For the record, my problem was with MPIX Pro. MPIX does a great job with photos, but the press items were even worse than from WHCC who I had decided not to use anymore for press prints due to poor quality. The only good press products I've ever gotten were through a local guy, but he doesn't do short runs...only runs in the thousands. SO, I've GOT to find a good online company for press stuff.

I'm so irritated with MPIX conduct through this whole thing that I really don't want to use or recommend them anymore. Sad such a bummer!

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Loida, you saw that comment from my FB "friend" giving me a hard time about my watermark, right? ugh. but it's there to protect you and your hard work. I struggle with the placement of mine, I need to get better about making sure part of it is on a person.

Amber, Jenn Dodd recommended http://www.mckennapro.com/ to me - I haven't tried them yet, but she swears by them.

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Thanks Gwen...gonna check them out.

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I don't think your watermark is too big at all. I really could use a new one but am too busy right now to dedicate the time to it. I also need to make mine bigger and place of OVER the photo, rather than just in a corner where it could easily be removed.

I have no advice about sessions as I have never done any, but I can say I will learn from this if I ever do any I will tell them a few weeks, lol!