We Mincey folk can trace our love for photography back about as far as our love for poker– somewhere in the early 19th century. Our love for scotch goes back even before then, but that’s another story for yet another time.
If you’re a Mac user with a digital camera– iPhone would be nice; as you’ll see in a moment– and your Photos collection is stuffed with tens of thousands of photos that you sometimes share online, then there is a good chance you’re being ripped off, especially if your photos are good. While it’s difficult to prevent online photo theft, you can slow it down with a watermark app.
Mac and iPhone users have plenty of watermark apps to choose from but I use this one. It’s called iWatermark Pro and it runs on anything important; Mac and iPhone, of course, but also Windows and Android. iWatermark Pro looks like more of a professional level watermark app which explains the extensive list of features.
A watermark helps protect your photos from blatant theft by embedding data within the photo. Data? It can be name, logo, metadata, photographer, copyright, keywords, graphic design, whatever looks good is hidden well.
Built in to iWatermark Pro is compatibility with Photos and Adobe Lightroom, both of which I use. Watermarks come in six flavors; graphic, text, QR code, signature, metadata, or my favorite, steganographic (think ‘hidden’). iWatermark also keeps a database of all your photos with watermarks so you can select one for a new photo.
Even better, iWatermark Pro works in batch mode so you can apply a specific watermark to dozens or hundreds of photos at one time (and photos can be renamed by batch). It can also remove GPS or identifying metadata from each photo to give you more security, and it works on pretty much every decent or popular photo file format; .jpg, .png, .tiff, and RAW. Each watermark goes where you want it to go within the photo; as vivid or subtle as you prefer.
Even the iPhone version is easy to use with Photos.
If you put your photos online and want to claim ownership and copyright, then a watermark is a must-have. Fortunately for Mac users, there’s also a try-before-you-buy option, and the app developer is a seasoned pro with numerous Mac and iPhone apps.