I have to share two Apps I discovered through one of my favorite bloggers, Sugar the Golden Retriever.
The first is a photo editing app called Snapseed. It's free and has a bunch of cool editing options. It's easy to use and so far I have enjoyed playing with it.
The other app she shared is Phonto. It's a free app that lets you add text or an image to your photos - great for a logo or watermark that we should all be using these days.
Lately, I have read on quite a few blogs that photos have been taken from the blog, and either used as their own, or turned into really horrible internet memes and used for negativity and hurt. One example comes from the blog A Fat Girl and a Fat Horse. She was randomly Google searching her key terms and found her own photo, used over 100 times with different horrible and ugly memes on them. I am linking her blog because I am amazed at her poise in her response. I know if it were me, I would be incredibly hurt and upset. Another blog I read, the woman also had a photo of her horse in training taken and blasted on a Facebook Group for "hilarious horse memes". The photo was shared and commented on by hundreds of internet armchair athletes who know nothing behind the woman, the horse, or the single moment in time of the photo. One last example I have is of another woman who blogs. The blog Romping and Rolling in the Rockies features amazing photographs of the writers dogs and her hiking through the Rockies. Someone on Facebook stole her photos and claimed the dogs were hers. She created a back story about the dogs, and even referred to them as "her boyzzzz".
Why people do these things, I can not say. The Internet is a strange place. I love the internet for it's obvious vast education sources and communities (like the blogosphere), but then there are the dark corners. Where people lie, hurt others, and hide behind their screens. I think it's safe to say that we are all in danger of this type of thing when we put ourselves out there online. One way we can try to protect ourselves is to watermark our photos.
I am going to try and develop my watermark in the next week or so. It is relatively easy to watermark photos with a Mac, and now with the Phonto app, I can watermark the photos I put on Instagram or Facebook too. Until then, my photos will have to be shared watermark free, and open for stealing.
What do you think? Will you start, or do you already watermark your photos?