Hello. I have a question that is not meant to offend anyone, but rather to answer a trouble that I have and cannot understand.
Why do people watermark their photos? I mean the little signature at the bottom (or top) that says "© Andrew76 Photography 2012". Here's why I ask: It does absolutely NOTHING to actually 'copyright' your image, and yet in most cases, it does EVERYTHING to detract from the image, distract the viewer (who in most cases is trying to give, or has been asked to give feedback on the image), and generally ruins what could be a real winning photograph.
I know this issue has been addressed in countless threads/posts on this forum, usually resulting in comments that tend to agree with what I've stated above. So why does it continue? Do people think that by having it small, and inconspicuous, that it's not noticed? Well, in that case, it would easily be cropped out, or removed via a pp tool like Photoshop, or even Light Room if someone wanted to maliciously 'borrow' that photo - in fact, I bore witness to this just this week when one member removed a watermark on another member's photo just to prove a point, with no malicious intent, of course.
Now, if you're offering people a DVD of edited images, and you want them to return to you for prints, I can understand the huge, obnoxious, image ruining watermark across the centre of the photo. Likewise if you're in the business of selling stock photos online, of course you wouldn't want people to just help themselves to your images. But this is different than what most people are doing.
I have a friend (a very good friend) who watermarks EVERY SINGLE ONE of his photos, and it makes me crazy! He recently posted some nice shots of my family swimming in a pool on Face Book. The images are fantastic. Unfortunately, all anyone can see is ©©©© spewed across the bottom of every single one. Crazy.
I'm sorry to rant, but when I can't understand something, it's in my nature to try and find an answer. I'm hoping that someone here will be able to help me.