Actually, I've already answered that question by watermarking a few of my photos... but I do feel ambivalent about it. When I first started posting pics on Flickr years ago I reveled in the endless oceans of pics uploaded by amateurs like myself. But little by little I began noticing tense "someone stole my photo" discussions in big groups like Flickr Central and also noticed that people started watermarking their photos. I've never been a fan of putting a big copyright symbol on my stuff, so I've held off for a long time. On most photos it's unattractive and pulls attention from the most important part: the photograph.
But lately I've started to see my pics blogged on other blogs and sites and I think it's cool! However, I do experience a one-second feeling of shock when I see my pics up there, on someone else's site. I've been lucky and people have always done the right thing and linked back to my Flickr stream or my blog... but it still feels odd. I wonder if I should go an extra step to identify my pics as "my own"... I love doe-c-doe's watermarks - they're not overpowering and are actually a design element that I enjoy. But it's hard to find a font face I'm happy with... I like this font a bit...
As you can see, I'm still on the fence - I'm beyond anal when tweaking my photos and this will only add an extra step! So I thought I'd ask all of you - what do you think about watermarks and copyright symbols on photographs? Does it make you like them less? Do you think it detracts? Go ahead, you can be honest! :)
Oh, and by the way, I was blogged here... the only problem is... I can't read Turkish! (I think it's Turkish). Does anyone read Turkish? I'd love a translation! :)