On November 5th 2019, while browsing Instagram, I saw two similar photos. The only difference between them is the cropped look of the latest one. Get it?
It is not right to grab photos and post them on social media as if you own them. It’s not also right to crop it because there is a reason the photographer arranged the elements and took the photo that way.
“There is no such thing as a coincidence in this world, there is only the inevitable.”
Yūko Ichihara, ×××Holic
With that, I have decided to add watermarks again. I used to place one but decided not to because it ruins the photo. But I realised that it is needed.
*Here are my past logo/watermark. Please don’t copy these. My new logo/ watermark is the latest one you see on my photos on my socials and my blog site.. I feel this is the final.
Going back, I know some sites and photographers allow their photos used with or without accreditation, but there are still restrictions. You have to read the terms added.
There are several ways to give credits to the owner. For instance, a brand re-posts a photo of a follower where they were tagged, they always tag the owner back.
My rules are simple.
- If you want to SHARE my content (from the website, Facebook etc.) where there is an option for sharing, you may do so.
- If you want to re-post a photo from my Instagram, you may do so but make sure to tag me. No need to ask permission especially if I tagged/hashtagged you.
- BUT if you want my photos for whatever purpose and the fact that I didn’t share it with you, KINDLY ASK FOR MY PERMISSION.
Yes, I don’t have a huge following. I am no one to most of you. But I love and value my work (like everyone else). I do my best to improve my writing, shots, and direction. Look, there have been people in the past who would ask permission to use my photo and I allow them because they simply ask.
Since we’re in this topic, I also have photos on my platforms that are not mine. I always add in the description where I got the photo and/or who gave it to me. I sometimes publish press releases here so if you want those photos, ask me first and I will direct you to the proper owner, okay?