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colorsofspringAugust 3, 2008

Hello- I am new to the photography forum. I have been dabbling in photography for a few years, mostly just pictures of my children, but lately I try to incorporate my love of nature with portraits of my kids.

I have no formal training, but dream of being able to sell my work someday.

I would like to share some of what I have created here, but does everyone copyright their images before posting? I'd be afraid of people stealing my stuff!

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abr4xii

but does everyone copyright their images before posting? I'd be afraid of people stealing my stuff!

Copyright is automatic..whether people respect that is something else.
You would have to make a filing of copyright to enable you to take any legal action.
You could watermark your pictures before posting.
Although the watermark can be removed with a little effort.
Bottom line...if you don't want them stolen, don't post them.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2008 at 9:29PM
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klaa2

Just don't post your first pictures of Brad and Angelina's twins and you should be okay. All joking aside, I wouldn't post something on a public board that I didn't want others to feel free having. I suggest you do the same. If you don't like the idea of someone pretending that your pictures are theirs, watermark them. You can also embed metadata into a .jpg file if you ever need to prove ownership.

Klaa2

    Bookmark   August 3, 2008 at 9:32PM
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abr4xii

I think Irfanview, for one, can remove metadata from pics

    Bookmark   August 3, 2008 at 9:48PM
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klaa2

Yup, there are many ways to add data and remove data. Nothing is totally safe. Let's not broadcast it though. Thanks.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2008 at 4:37PM
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juanital

Hi Colorsofspring and welcomed....I have also heard if you reduce the size to 400-500, longest side...That if anybody wants to copy and enlarge it...it would be pixelated and not show good quality...

    Bookmark   August 4, 2008 at 6:55PM
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ronf_gw

Welcome colorofspring.

Ron

    Bookmark   August 4, 2008 at 8:14PM
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colorsofspring

Than you all for your replies. Juanital, I had thought of reducing image size also- so thanks for confirming that.
Here goes... I have resized.
The picture below is of my son standing next to a large boulder counting for hide and seek. This was at strip mall and the large boulders were arranged in a grassy area next to the parking lot. [IMG]http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p312/colorsofspring/BLOGboulderBW.jpg[/IMG]

    Bookmark   August 4, 2008 at 8:36PM
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abr4xii

Yup, there are many ways to add data and remove data. Nothing is totally safe. Let's not broadcast it though. Thanks.

In all fairness if one is told to add data for protection one should also be told how easy it is to remove. And a simple Google search will give you the "how"
Irfanview offers a plug-in to do just that..for legitimate reasons... so I don't think i've given away any secret hand-shakes.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2008 at 8:38PM
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