To Watermark, or not to Watermark? That is the Question

Watermarked Frog

Watermarked on the bottom left. Is the frog pleased with that watermark?

There are two schools of thought when it comes to sharing photos online – you can put the smallest images possible online and watermark them or you can offer up your creations for the world to see and be thrilled when they are shared and used by others…in non-commercial ways, of course.

We had this discussion at the store when we decided to start posting our own, personal photos on Facebook and Pinterest. Most of us felt that we needed to watermark the photos in order to keep them from being “stolen”, used improperly, etc. You will notice, right now, we have watermarked our photos and we don’t know if that will change.

There is no right or wrong in this…it is difficult to change.

Those in the camp of sharing openly view it this way:

Sharing, regardless of what happens with the photo, is the best way to connect your art with the rest of the world. There are certainly a lot of people who view a watermarked photo and see it as annoying and move on.  Many photographers are seeing their openly shared photos go viral with hundreds of millions of views on Pinterest or Facebook or Google+. Photographers who use the Creative Commons Noncommercial license have started getting noticed worldwide with millions of followers sharing their work.

There is a fear of Pinterest that it strips away copyright. The link to the originally pinned photo is still there. So, if it’s a photo you own and posted from your own website, it will lead back to that website. This is a good time to start thinking about how to market your photos. Even if you aren’t selling them, having a website for yourself to archive all the photos is a great way to also protect your photos that you want to share.

What do you think about this issue? Leave your comments and share this blog with others. We would love to hear from you!

You’re a Photographer?

camera of old! Polaroid

The irony is not lost on us! Do you still have a Polaroid?

We read a blog a few days ago from Photographer Thomas Hawk that asked a valid question in the title: “Do You Even Have to Own a Camera to Be a Photographer Anymore?”  The question itself leads to more soul-searching in terms of what does it mean to be a photographer. Continue reading

Expanding Horizons

Social media conversation Lawrence Photo and Video

The Social Media Universe…we are joining the conversation!

As you may have noticed recently, Lawrence Photo and Video expanded our social world beyond Facebook and is now on Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest. The reason for this is simple: we want to be out there conversing with you!

The internet has allowed all of us to witness things we never would have seen even 30 years ago. We can instantly see photos of news events happening on the other side of the world moments after they are taken. We can “chat” using web cameras to loved ones who are overseas. We can talk with potential customers via email or social media anywhere in the world. And, we want to be part of the ever-changing landscape! We want to talk about what is happening not only in the world of photo and video, but what is happening in Springfield, in Missouri, in the U.S. and the world.

We want to hear from you! Go to our pages and “like” us, “follow” us, put us in your “Circles” and “Pin” photos with us on Pinterest!  Start a conversation or offer some suggestions for a blog! Post photos on our Facebook page, show us what you like via Twitter and Google+. We like to view this whole “social thing” as talking with our customers who come in through our doors on South Campbell Avenue. This is a conversation…let’s talk!