But, there are a few reasons. It occurred to me to list/discuss them after this past Wednesday's post, wherein many of you commenters said you did or did not.
1. Copyright. My pictures are mine. I might not be a good photographer, but I own that. And, watermark or not, pictures I produce are mine, and I don't want to just hand 'em out. You can look at them, that's what pictures are for. But use them? Represent them as yours? I'm pretty much not okay with that.
2. Protection against misrepresentation. I love Elka. She's my pretty girl, she's very striking, and the sight of her frequently stops people on the street, for better or for worse. But her conformation, so far as champion Dobermans go? Not so good. However, this does not stop less than reputable breeders from stealing pictures of other peoples' dogs off the Internet and using them on websites, to mislead puppy buyers. This has not happened to me (that I know of) and most of these photo thefts are of actual titled dogs, but I don't want a picture of Elka to be on some breeder's website as one of "their" dogs who's pumped out puppies. She is mine, she is spayed. The end.
3. Traffic. If somebody sees my picture, even through a Google search and without knowing "who I am", they might go "Huh, what's the Elka Almanac?" and search further, and end up here. For a blogger, more readers is always a good thing!
Do you watermark your pictures? Why or why not?