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« on: August 30, 2007, 18:47 »
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On my website, I display some of my images as thumbnails that will take you to where you can buy the image at iStockphoto. The images are fairly small(around 126X100), so I was just wondering if I should bother with a watermark for these tiny images. Thanks.

http://jrtmedia.com/final_site/code/photos_two.shtml


« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2007, 18:59 »
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Whiz,

Personally I don't bother watermarking such small images (I have them in my travel reports and my photo page), but indeed they can still be perfectly used in other websites.

Regards,
Adelaide

« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2007, 03:02 »
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If it's a lot of work i wouldn't really bother. Maybe, just maybe you might loose a sale or two,  but for such small images i don't think it's worth spending the time. BUt hey, thats just me  ;D

« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2007, 03:41 »
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I put watermark on every stock image that I made. On my party or "leisure" images I dont. And I put really big watermark, so I had few images stolen and from that day I protect my images.

Like this:


« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2007, 16:20 »
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Chode,

In this case is a reasonably "large" image - I watermark those too.  Whiz however was refereing to very small ones, like thumbnails.

Regards,
Adelaide

« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2007, 16:35 »
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I think the real question should be why are you redirecting buyers from your website to iStock where you will earn 20% as a non exclusive. Unless of course you are hoping for some $10 buyer referals from attracting new buyers to istock.

If you were going to that trouble of setting up links to a microstock site Featurepics would be a better choice as you can set the price and receive 70% so if you are selling an 8mp photo for $5 you get $3.50 sure beats the $1.14 -$1.44 you would be getting  from a 6 credit sale at iStock.

Anyway just a suggestion, I don't bother with watermarks until its blog size 300 x 400 or so.


 

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