...I found some of my images for sale on a website!

The website in question was selling calenders, and my images appeared in a number of them! At the time, I didn't sell my images, so I wondered where they'd acquired them!

I contacted the company who owned the website, and asked them where they were getting my images from, and was told that they were getting all of their images off the internet!

They didn't seem to think there was a problem with that! Obviously I did! To be fair, when I told them what they were doing was wrong, and asked them to remove my images from their site, they did, but there were plenty of other images on the site after the removal of mine! I asked, but never received any payment for work of mine that they'd sold!

Luckily, the site no longer exists, but I know the practice still goes on!

The positive thing about this was that I realised the worth of my work, and am now actively selling it through stock photography agencies!

Since that experience, I've been placing a watermark on each of the images that I post online, and have been posting much smaller images too.

I'm not kidding myself that watermarking an image will stop someone from taking it if they want it that badly. However, it will be very difficult for the thief to argue that they didn't know the image was copyrighted when one of my stock photo libraries sues them for loss of earnings!

Since I've been watermarking my images, I've been involved in many conversations about how watermarking spoils the enjoyment of viewing images, but I think the benefits far outweigh the negatives!

Looking at the images on ipernity, I'd say that far fewer of them are watermarked compared to those on flickr, or 500px, and I wondered why this would be the case.

I also wondered if anyone reading this is put off by an image that contains a watermark?