To watermark your product photos or not to watermark . . . that is the question. Are watermarks a good idea for your product photos?
First, let’s define the term watermark.
A watermark is any design or wording (usually faded) placed on top of a photograph or drawing. A watermark typically serves two purposes:
* to brand the photograph with the designer/photographer’s name
* to prevent the image from being “stolen” without proper credit given
The main problem with a watermark on your shop photos is that it can be a distraction to the customer. The customer might notice the watermark more than the product itself.
Let’s look at some examples of watermarks on this product photo from Sweet Pea Purses:
Example #1: Watermark on top of the product
Example #2: Watermark below the product (This watermark is slightly less intrusive than the first example)
Example #3: Small watermark in the bottom corner (more chance for image thievery)
If you are considering using watermarks on your product photos, you should take note of the venue where your photo will be displayed. Do most of the other product photos on the site have watermarks? If not, your product will stand out simply because it is different. But is that kind of different good or bad?
Now, over to you. What are some reasons why you would or would not watermark your product photos?