Friday, June 6, 2014

Hmmm...Is that mine...?

Have you ever been blissfully wandering through images on Pinterest when you all the sudden stop and think "Hmmmm....that looks alot like my picture?" Well, it's happened a few times to me and I've inadvertently done it to others. The most likely reason is a photo that had not been watermarked or tagged, from before Pinterest took off. Then everyone realized if they wanted to be credited for an image, or just have people click back on their blog, that we needed to make each image watermarked with our blog.




So...last night I was going through Pinterest when I saw this; a blog post from Karen at The Graphics Fairy about being able to find the original source of a photo with a little trick on Google Images. Here's the link for after you read this. Be sure and save it, so you can have it yourself.

http://thegraphicsfairy.com/find-original-source-image-pinterest/


I was pretty sure that first image was mine but it didn't have a watermark, so I went back through all the links that contained the photo. Tons of people had repinned it, not knowing who it was, or where it came from. My fault...I just didn't realize that it was going to be picked up by so many pinners, back there in 2012. People aren't trying to take credit for an image, just loving some inspiration and pinning it for that purpose, unaware of it's source.



These are some other photos from that same day out at Inspirational Home,
 here in Springfield, MO.











I've learned the hard way many times, of how important a watermark can be. I'm sure most of you have also. I know someone had a photo used by a magazine without permission because there was a dispute on who had actually taken the photo. It just gets sticky when things aren't marked. I was amazed at the timing of my reading Karen's post. What a big help it was, I wouldn't have known how to find it, otherwise.



OK, hope you enjoy a little Summertime inspiration from a couple of years ago, it's just as wonderful today as then. Have a Happy Weekend, we'll be cleaning the house and working on clearing out the garage. 

xoxo,

31 comments:

  1. Think about you so often & hoping you're doing well! Love these pictures! I never watermark mine & just sent some into a magazine they're useing for an article. I'm always just thrilled to see them. Maybe I'll give watermarking a try!!!!!

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  2. Wow! Great info. Love that garden display with the sidedways screen door. So clever! Good luck with the cleaning! WIsh it was all fun and games for you! xx

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  3. Same think just happened to me this morning, a photo of one of my early displays at the shop!

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  4. I do not have Pinterest so I do not pin...but I watermark all my photos. But I have been blogging since 2007 so many many of my photos were not watermarked and those are the ones that have been pinned without link to my blogs. So I had to put all those past posts in draft. Photos of My Vintage Travel Trailer 'The Pearl' have been used by others claiming it is their camper! And I have not been able to locate an email or any way to contact the two people whom have done this. I just leave it at knowing that I am the owner of The Pearl.

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  5. I see this happen to my photos a lot, especially the idea house photos. I watermarked for awhile until I realized how easy it was to remove with Photoshop...but it would probably be a good idea just to avoid confusion. Thanks for the link and your thoughts!

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  6. I love that Common Ground Chair and Table–I have been thinking about it since I saw it in the cataloger this summer. I am so jealous. It looks wonderful with your blues. I have blacks and reds in my den where I would love to have it. My old leather camel back Chairis faded and tired looking. Love your blog. Can’t wait to see more. Thanks!
    The Comfort of Expect-able Chair

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  7. I'm SO not surprised that your photos are all over PInterest. They are all so pretty and interesting...and so inspiring! Now, thanks to this post I can understand the reason for watermarking. Have a great weekend. Praying you fell well. ; )
    ~Michele

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  8. I just don't like the way watermarks look on photos, so I do not implement this. I get tons of traffic off Pinterest, so that doesn't worry me. And if someone wants to use my photo, I don't really find it to be a big deal. Guess I'm just more easygoing about this issue.
    Brenda

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  9. Thanks for the tip. Now I wish I could find a way to stop people from stealing my rug hooking pattern designs...even with the watermark! They can't copy them from my website but when they appear on Goggle as images then they can save all they want, erase the watermark and have them enlarged.

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  10. Good lesson for all of us. I do try and watermark all of my photos now. Laura

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  11. Hey Deb- nice to see you, lady friend!

    Good advice/post.

    Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs.

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  12. Good Lesson for All of Us Debra. You have to watermark your pictures especially with pinterest. Love your past summer pictures. Good luck with cleaning out the house and garage.
    Kris

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  13. Thanks for the link to the article - I bookmarked it for future reference. I also have found several of my photos floating around out there, especially on "P". I don't have a problem with it as they were all watermarked and and linked back to my blog - Except one!!!! I was looking for something one day, and stumble on a pic and thought - no way did someone else take that exact pic. Clicked on pic and it took me to the blog of a "business" of all things. "They" had featured several other pics on the same subject, and posted a link back to the original source on all of them except mine.I contacted them, basically advised they to remove it or link it back to its source. Where they claimed they found the pic was not the case. Longer story short they removed my photo.
    Another situation I found some photos of some of my repurposed vintage jewelry on pinterest, and after mentioning something about it in a post, they disappeared. At the time I first saw them I did not think to see if they linked back to me, so went back to check and the pics had disappeared. Hummm!
    Sorry, did not mean to hijack your post.
    Enjoy your evening.

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  14. Great tip! Thanks! I'm bookmarking it for future reference. Have a good weekend.

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  15. Hi Debra,

    Great post and very resourceful re: the graphics fairy's research; how amazing is that?!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Poppy

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  16. Thanks for the tip dear friend! Hope you are feeling well! HUGS!

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  17. Great tip, thanks Debra! Glad to see you posting!!! Hope that means you are feeling well.

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  18. Great post Debra! Thanks for sharing! laura

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  19. I need to save that link! It's hard to find the original source on certain pictures, and if I cannot find the source there's no way for me to use the pic! Your photos are beautiful. It's great to hear from you ;)

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  20. Always appreciate your style.
    God bless your summer,
    Deb

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  21. that potting bench is over the top. I have always enjoyed your photography not to mention your creativity! Sadly we do have to watermark our images now because there will always be the few out there who use them to benefit themselves which is sad.

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  22. Your style is so well known to me now, when I saw an unmarked photo recently on Pinterest I said to myself, "That sure looks like a Common Ground vignette!" I always try using google photo search when I come across an un-sourced photo for my Friday Finds. If I can't find the source it doesn't make the cut, no matter how much I love the project. It's a great search tool.

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  23. Great reminder. I haven't done that too much, but now my items are picking up popularity, so will start being more aware of it now.
    Thanks for sharing . . . and isn't Karen at Graphics Fairy just amazing. She's always so quick to help everyone else!

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  24. I have never figured out how to watermark a photo from my MAC. I know what you all are thinking! I'm not smart when it comes to computers. I've tried to use Picasa, but can't get that to work either.

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    1. I would be happy to take advice from anyone willing to give it.

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  25. Actually, if you hold your mouse over any photo on Pinterest and right click, there's a "search Google Image" option that makes it really easy, erasing the need for all the other steps.

    Anyway, I was looking up chili dog recipes on Pinterest and I saw one where the pinner wrote "I know this photo looks really disgusting but the chili is pretty good"...I looked closer at the photo then realized it was my chili dog picture that I had submitted to AllRecipes! I had a good laugh over it because the chili did look pretty gross:)

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  26. Great post Debra. I am constantly learning new things that are a big help. Love the cupboard!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  27. Debra,
    Oh my...the timing of this post was perfect for me. I just found one of my pictures on facebook today. I know it's my fault because I don't take the time to watermark my pictures, so maybe I should from now on. I'm sure that they got it from pinterest, but it was so strange to see my work out there with no credit. Thanks so much for sharing this info.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  28. I can certainly see why so many would have been Inspired on Pinterest by these Beautiful Images. Great info for those wanting to ensure folks know the Source of what they captured thru the Eye of their Lens.

    Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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  29. I have not figured out yet how to watermark and I also have seen some on mine out there.

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  30. Hi sweet Debra!!! I know it's been a while since I've visited!!! How amazing..I've been blogging since 2007 and never watermarked my photos. Who knew that would be so important? I can only hope that folks on Pinterest end up finding my blog and where they came from. I hope you and your family are doing so very good!!! hugs and love, Dawn

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