You may have noticed that I no longer put watermarks on any of my photos that I share through the website or on Facebook, and no, it's not because I got lazy! I stopped for a couple of reasons.
1. I Believe in Giving Clients the Digital Files
First of all, I always give my clients digital files, and give them permission to make prints and to use online. Why?
Reason number 1 is because I would want the same for myself! If I have fantastic family photos, I want to be able to USE them! I want to make prints, books, products, and I want to share them with long distance family and friends through social media. I want to be able to use them in the goofy slideshows that I will make for my children's weddings one day!
Reason number 2 is that it's also great advertisement. I ask my clients to give some sort of shoutout or photo credit to me. But guess what, even if my name isn't plastered all over an image, if people see images they love, they will ask my client who their photographer is!
2. Clients Can Share Images Directly From My Page
Ok, here's where it gets a little technical. When I add photos from a session to my Facebook page, I always try to tag my clients (which I can only do if they've liked my page) so they can share images directly from my page. I keep the watermark off the image so they can share beautiful images without distraction directly from my Molly Hensley Photography page. While I don't upload every single image from a session, the ones that I do use will be tack sharp and will look better on Facebook than if you uploaded your high resolution images yourself.
This is the technical part, so hang with me. I deliver high resolution images to clients so they can make prints and enlargements that will be sharp. When you upload files to Facebook, it automatically compresses images so they take up less space. The result? The images get a bit crunched and lose the sharpness and clarity. When I upload images to Facebook, I export them at much smaller sizes so they don't get compressed and keep their sharpness. If you were to print photos at this size, they would look terrible! So pretty please, never save and print your photos directly from Facebook. If you are a more technical person and are curious about the sizing I use to make photos look their best on Facebook, I size at 2048 pixels on the long size.
I hope everyone is having a fantastic January :)