Someone I knew pretty well as a friend on WordPress commented that I always “brand” my photographs. She found it annoying when she was borrowing my pictures to illustrate something. My signature — also my trademark — got in her way.
Brand? Huh? I sign my photographs because they are my art. She was a writer. Did she publish anonymously? No, she didn’t. But for some reason, my signing a photograph was a “trademark” and “branding” issue — whereas publishing a book under her name was not.
It’s years later and it still annoys me.
I sign my pictures. Every now and again, I don’t, either because I forgot or because there wasn’t a good spot to sign them. You need a right or left bottom area to sign and it needs to be dark enough to sign in white, or light enough to sign in black. I don’t like using colors for signing.
Why do I sign my pictures? So that the people who steal photographs will have to see that a person actually took the picture. I don’t mind people using my pictures as illustrations and have seen them show up on Wikipedia often enough.
And you know what? They always cut my name off. Would it kill them to give photographers credit too? We aren’t anonymous nobodies. Expecting anyone to pay for a photo is probably absurd, but asking to be mentioned as an artist doesn’t seem over-the-top.