Watermarking Photos for Instagram


Daisy Flower Photo

A Daisy in Michele Lewis’ Kitchen

After the TwitPic photo Terms of Service controversy (see photo copyright update below), I began noticing Instagram users were posting other user’s photos as their own.  To help mitigate unavoidable theft of my content, I began watermarking photos.  Especially after reading a parent’s photo of their child ended up on a billboard in another country.  Kind of like that French website that used my photo in their marketing (without asking).

I like to think watermarking photos reminds one not to use photos without permission and or without giving appropriate credit.  Even photos of yourself, credit should go to the photographer.  If I buy the rights, I still like to give the photographer credit.

As for watermarking photos,  I use Impression Watermarking iPhone app I purchased for $1.99.  I think it’s one of the best mobile apps for photos.

I took the above flower photo for my morning Instagram shot.  True, the flower is a bit blurry, however, usually social media experts don’t want to steal a blurry photo.  Another good strategy to protecting your content is using filters because if someone steals the photo off a website or mobile application, you still have the original.

UPDATE: TwitPic controversy was a misunderstanding.  Here’s TwitPic’s Copyright update.


About Michele

Michele: Blog owner since 2006, online content since my Commodore 64.


  1. I had a feeling you might comment on this post, however, I expected something along the lines of…”I don’t watermark.” 🙂

  2. I think I’ll like this little app, not for watermarking, but for simple captioning for TwitPics.

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