Sometimes the best place to take pictures is your own home. But recently I was quite surprised to see a sparrowhawk on the roof of our kitchen. It had just caught a pigeon and so it was pretty busy at the time. I went upstairs because of the weird and loud noise I heard. I took my camera right away because I had the feeling there would be something special to see.
Some more images I uploaded to 500px.
A lot of professional and amateur photographers use watermarks on their images to protect their copyright. On the other hand if the only reason is to show you made the image, there are probably better ways than watermarks to do so. Adding watermarks can be useful, but (there’s always a but) is it the right way to protect your copyrights. Well, it all depends. First things first, why do you put your precious images on the internet. The main reason – to my humble opinion – is to promote yourself as a photographer. I can’t imagine another reason than to show of your capabilities as a photographer, because you want to sell more photographs or you just want some appreciation for your capabilities as a photographer.
So if you don’t want other people to pretend to have made your great pictures, you need to copyright protect them. And it’s then those watermarks come into the story. At this point you should ask yourself some questions.
A while ago I dug up some pictures I made a couple of years ago in Hong Kong. At the time I didn’t do much with them (except make a personal album of that trip to China and Hong Kong), but some months ago I came across an online photo assignment about “couples” and those pictures just popped up in my mind. I’d like to tell you a little about this image.