Photo Credits

Watermarks, Recognition, and Courtesy

Lon Casler Bixby


Photo by Yogendra Singh on Unsplash

I’m a professional photographer, and I continually find some of my photos being shared on other people’s pages all over the internet — Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Flicker, Tumblr, Pinterest, etc.…

Recently, I found one of my images posted on Pinterest. I clicked on it and saw that it had been shared many times. I followed one of the links to where it came from, it led me to another site, and another site, and another — where on just one person’s personal page it had been shared hundreds of times. No telling how many more times from each of those shares. It’s exponential.

It is a nice feeling that so many people liked my work. But in this instance, it’s not okay.

Somebody down the line actually took the time to photoshop and remove my photo credit off of my image. Unbelievable. Now, my image, without my watermark, has been shared and downloaded possibly thousands of times. And no credit to me! No credit to who the photographer is. No contact information. Nothing!

So frustrating and utterly annoying. What the Hell is wrong with people? Why would somebody do that? Maybe I should just leave those as rhetorical questions.

It’s pretty simple.

If you like an artist’s work and want to share it that is a huge compliment. But make sure to give the artist the credit they deserve. Be courteous, help them out, and show appreciation for their art: give a like, leave a positive comment, tag the artist, follow them, recommend them, and if you’re able, then buy a print, or at least donate a small amount of funds to the artist to help keep them creating — creating art that you just liked, shared, and enjoyed.

And whatever you do, don’t hinder an artist’s career and recognition by removing their photo credit.

Lon Casler Bixby is a professional photographer and published author in various genres: Fiction, Poetry, Humor, Photography, & Comic Books.

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Lon Casler Bixby

Professional photographer and published author in various genres: Fiction, Poetry, Humor, Photography, & Comic Books.