One of the most difficult things about sharing your photography is that sometimes, folks like your photos. Why is that a difficult thing? Because sometimes folks like your photo so much, they forget to give you proper credit for it, and may go so far as to claim it as their own work and maybe even profit from it. So you should be making sure your work is protected.
There are many ways to ensure your work is protected, most prevalent among them is watermarking them. Therein lies the issue. What software to use to watermark your photos, and how obtrusive to make the watermark. Also, when you are setting up your DSLR, remember to go in and add your copyright information in the EXIF info. Most cameras have a menu item where you can add it.
The software packages I use, which are mentioned in the link below, are Picasa, IrFanView, and uMark. Picasa and IrFanView are both free, while uMark is a pay to play application. However, uMark gives you many options, including different fonts, sizes, colors and positioning of your watermark, as well as adding a logo over you image, and adding metadata to your image file that is not noticeable to the viewer, but embeds your information in case someone forgets that they image they are trying to sell actually belongs to you.
So check out the article, and begin using some sort of watermarking on your images, if for no other reason than to let people know who captured the image, and in what year.
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