How do you sign your work?

This was my first First Place winner in the Chrysta Rae Photo Scavenger Hunt.  Today I put the high-res version on my wallpapers page at http://lauraockel.com/galleries/wallpaper/  for National Nut Day. 

When I started putting my photos "out there" as downloadable backgrounds, I had a bit of a quandary.  On one hand, I want to identify the work as mine.  On the other hand, I don't want the copyright and name to dominate the piece.  My main audience is using the image as the background for a solitaire game on an Android phone, and those screens show amazing detail. 

So I compromised.  I have been adding the information in a very small and semi-transparent font.  If you look for it, I think you can find ©2014 Laura Ockel on this image, but if you don't look for it, I bet you'll never notice. 

I bring this up because I wonder if anyone else has encountered this situation and has any insights to share. 

Or, if you like downloadable wallpapers, check out the pics on my site and on my company website at
http://www.tesseractmobile.com/backgrounds/
We also make some great card games for Android devices :)

How do you sign your work?
This was my first First Place winner in the Chrysta Rae Photo Scavenger Hunt.  Today I put the high-res version on my wallpapers page at http://lauraockel.com/galleries/wallpaper/  for National Nut Day.

When I started putting my photos “out there” as downloadable backgrounds, I had a bit of a quandary.  On one hand, I want to identify the work as mine.  On the other hand, I don’t want the copyright and name to dominate

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8 thoughts on “How do you sign your work?

  1. Yours is very unobtrusive.  If someone wished to steal it they could trim it off.  I would place it somewhere deeper in the image.
    This is beautiful!  Is it reading or about to pounce?  😎

  2. First, what is the purpose of the signature? 1. To establish copyright? 2. Deter theft? 3. Bring licensees to you? 4. Something else?
    1 is automatic. You don't need a sign for that. 2 you can't prevent. 3 It's your website after all, and the information can be embedded in the EXIF. 4….??

  3. I had to think about that one +Debashish Samaddar.  I guess it's just an inclination to sign my work, as an artist.  I'm imagining that people will pin or post some images (if they are good enough, lol) but I don't think the signature will bring new "fans" if they can't even find the signature. 

    I heard a story about a cartoonist who initialed all of his drawings, but he hid his initials in different places every time.  People would look for the initials, like a game.  That's maybe my secret ambition.  But is it ridiculous?  Or is it a common thing?  Maybe lots of people do the same thing, but nobody knows because we all do such a good job hiding our names.

  4. +Laura Ockel The cartoonist story is nice. If you do that that could work and isn't obnoxious. Most copyright signs on photos are hideous and I have very poor opinion of the signatures and the signatories. I do remember someone here on G+ who changed the color and placed it inside the photo in an artful manner every time (or most times) and that's the only one I could tolerate. My personal opinion is very extreme. I would never put it on one of my photos. If someone uses the photo without my knowledge (for just pinning or wall paper etc. or their own consumption) I don't care. In fact I consider it an endorsement, whether I know about it or not. If a person or business does it for commercial purposes, it will come out at some point and I'll make them pay for it.

  5. I really appreciate your honest (extreme) opinion +Debashish Samaddar​! That is seriously good to know!

    A photographer I shoot with does really obnoxious logos that take up a quarter of the image. I appreciate her need to market herself, but that is not my situation, so I see no need to do the same.

    I've stuck signatures in gear shafts and leaf stems, but usually I try for a subtle edge placement, like in this shot. Earlier today, it took me several seconds to spot the signature in the plum leaf shot I posted last week. I'm hoping the signature on this image would qualify as not obnoxious??

  6. +Laura Ockel no not obnoxious at all. It's not even visible unless you are looking for it. In fact, you have made it so faint that it is almost unreadable!
    By obnoxious I mean just very visible white, artless font, like arial bold or something. I mean, come on! Let me see if I can find the guy whose signature I liked.

    Edit:
    Okay, I can't find or remember the guy. But you know what I mean, I think.