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Watermarking Sports photos in the corner of sold prints?

 
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Dec 13, 2012 00:00 |  #1

Hey guys, Im just wondering if its typical to watermark prints that have been sold. I know many photographers put their watermark lightly, in an inconspicuous area to promote their product. But if someone is paying for prints, do they expect a print with no markings on them at all?

Im thinking something small with a 50% opacity in a corner somewhere is acceptable.

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Dec 13, 2012 00:18 |  #2

It would depend on usage, and price. With Mountainbike race photos I normally offer a 1000px longest edge, subtly watermarked digital copy for a fairly low price. The reason for this is to discourage theft for facebook, and help other racers find me. Then a full size print and option of commercial for race reports.

I rarely consider editorial as most magazines will have it covered, but you may need to build that into a pricing structure.

Here is an example of one website I sell sport photos throuh, you can see the pricing options at the top of the preview image:

http://www.rootsandrai​n.com/photos/166930 (external link)

Same photo, as I'd sell for less than a pint of beer:

http://www.pinkbike.co​m/photo/6780802/ (external link)


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Dec 13, 2012 14:54 |  #3

I guess my question is, if you were to sell the below print in an 8x10 for say 20 bucks to a customer, would your print have your Henry Marsh logo on the bottom left?

I suppose my post title should have said, logo rather than watermark.

Thank you,
Jeremy

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Same photo, as I'd sell for less than a pint of beer:

http://www.pinkbike.co​m/photo/6780802/ (external link)


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Dec 13, 2012 20:32 |  #4

The only logo I include on purchased prints is the race logo, an option the client can add on for $1.50 otherwise there is no logo, especially not mine.


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Dec 13, 2012 21:43 |  #5

I've never sold a print watermarked. As I said, the reason I personally sell small jpegs cheap is Facebook, and increasing the likelihood of selling other prints. The watermarked will always be small online only deals.


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Dec 13, 2012 23:45 |  #6

Some equate a watermark as being no different than a painter adding their name to one of their paintings. I reject this premise completely. I would be extremely upset if a watermark of anyting came on a print that I had purchased (this includes places like Olan Mills, which is one reason that I haven't used them in well over two decades).


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Dec 14, 2012 01:05 |  #7

Okay. Thanks for the inputs everyone. Like photoguy6405 said, the olan mills thing was what I was thinking of. I didnt know if it was normal to put my "name on my painting". But like you guys have said, from a customer's stand point, if I pay for a print, I probably wouldn't want a logo on it.

Anyone else put their mark on their work when its sold?

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