I've been thinking a bit lately
about how fabulous this on-line world is
and how it's great that we can share inspiration
and the things we love
with the big wide world...
For example I wanted to tell you how wet and cold is was up here on the mountain today..
and show you how incredible it looks in our garden..
with the cloud rolling through the trees..
and I wanted to show you my new little row of box hedging I planted along the driveway to my showroom..
ok. its going to take a few years before they are vaugely impressive but I wanted to show you anyway..
I've also been sharing some pictures from around our home too..
and I love seeing all the beauty and wonder in other blogs as I pass on through..
but sometimes as I do pass through
I actually see some of my photos on other peoples pages and blogs
as well as photos by other people I know
And I don't reeeally have a problem with this
nope - its nice to share..
but what I dont like is seeing that photo from my personal world not being linked back to me ie. my website..
That's actually illegal if you don't have their permission..
ok ok I'm not pure as the driven snow...
I've been guilty of it too
but I'm going to try darn hard to put link backs on others photos I use
because I really don't like seeing how not doing this is affecting people emotionally AND business wize.
I think we can all give it a good go dont you??
AND of course there is the water mark
Adding a visible watermark is a common way of identifying images and protecting them from unauthorized use online.
There are many ways of doing it
For me I use my photohost - Photobucket
Simply upload your image then use the EDIT functions
and have a play around with water marking your photos..
Sadly there are some hmmm how do we say "dishonest" people out there who will go to the trouble of cropping out your watermark..
But you can only do what you can do
Please note, I'm not having a go at anyone in particular here, its just a problem that has been going on for some time..
in my opinion..
the first thing you can do..
is BE AWARE of that photo you are sharing
- who took it
- whose business does it belong to
- am I taking away from their business by not sharing where it came from??
- water mark your photos you share online.
- give everyone a hug
I'm all for warm fuzzy on line experiences, and why not?
Theres so many of us who love the same things..