Post # 1
Wondering if this is common. We get included in our package 1 enlarged canvas print. He’s edited the one we want and sent the proof– there is his big fat logo in the bottom left corner. I’ve asked “this is going to be removed before the final printing” and I’m waiting his response.
But… IS THIS COMMON???
Post # 3
It’s incredibly common for photographers to watermark digital copies of their pictures. The watermark should be removed before he prints your canvas, though.
Post # 4
@constellation: Agreed. I’d expect it to be off the canvas, but on his digital to protect his work. I hope that’s what his email says!
Post # 5
I’m sure it will be removed when you get your canvas…he just doesn’t want you to print copies for free now. Good luck!
Post # 6
As a photographer, ALL digital images that I post online or send to clients as a proof will have a watermark. This protects my intellectual property from illegal copyright infringement, and is purely a security measure to protect my work. I would never put a watermark on final products that a client paid for. Hopefully this is similar to the response you get from your photographer, but double checking with them is probably a good thing to do 🙂
Post # 7
Keep in mind this is NOT a watermark. There is a very obvious watermark that says SAMPLE across. I’m not talking about that… It’s his:
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weddings/ video/ film
Post # 8
@vmec: He may have more than one watermark or have recently updated it. I’d just wait for his response. No photographer that I know of would give a client a print with a logo on it if you paid for that print.
Post # 9
@vmec: Yes, that IS a watermark. A watermark can be a loge, name, address, “sample”, whatever the photog wants it to be.
THey put it on the digital file because they don;t want you to be able to go and make your own print/canvas, etc with that file without buying through them. I’m sure it will be removed before the file is printed. It’s standard practice!
Post # 10
The photographer that did our engagement pictures actually put his (small) watermark (like the ones Olan Mills used) in the bottom right hand corner of the print I ordered for my Mom. Since we had them done in Oklahoma and we were in New Hampshire, I didn’t see it until it showed up Christmas Eve. I was going to make him re-print it, but the matting covered it. I now know better that it is not the norm and would wait to see what he says.
Post # 11
@vmec: Most photographers use their logo, or a variation of, as their “watermark”. This identifies the photograph as their property, unlike using something generic like “sample” as a watermark.
Post # 12
Perhaps I’m confusing…
My picture already has SAMPLE written across it. That is obviously the watermark we all know and hate. I realize this will be removed and is for copyrite and such.
My proof ALSO, additionally, has his company write up and contact info in the corner, he does this on his display work. This is NOT meant to be a watermark on the proof, because there already is one.
Does that change any input?
Post # 13
He didn’t respond back all day?
Post # 14
Not yet. We’re in different time zones so I don’t expect response back for 24hrs at least.
Post # 15
I would likely guess it wlll be removed and like all the otehr said, it was to prevent printing. Either way, better to ask and I am almost sure he will tell you “of course that will be removed”. Better safe than sorry! Good luck
Post # 16
@vmec: It sounds like the same type of logo that Olan Mills leaves on all their prints so I would guess that no it would not be removed. I would assume that it is there to offer free publicity to anyone admiring your photo.