The past couple of days I’ve been working on my portfolio. Put up a whole lot of new images and stuff.
In this age of easy-access and disappearing ethics it’s up to the person who makes the portfolio how to protect his or her material. Just a copyright line in the disclaimer just isn’t enough anymore.
But where do you draw the line?
Should you make the images so small, i.e. the quality of the images so low, that they are completely useless, and people who come to visit start wondering why the hell you even put up a portfolio since you obviously haven’t a clue what you’re doing?
Or should you make the images big enough for people to see what it is and splash a big watermark all over the image?
Or should you make the images big, leave out the visible watermark, and hope that invisible watermarks like the ones from for example Digimarc will protect you against digital theft?
I’ve gone for a big watermark all over the image and a fairly low quality image. Unfortunately a few images are more sensitive to jpg artifacts, so they look worse than others. But I hope that people who come to visit my portfolio (people that matter at least) have the common sense to know from the rest of my portfolio, so not only the photographic part, that I do know what I’m doing, and the bad quality images aren’t the result of my amateurism, but from my overprotectiveness for my images.