I've had an incident lately of someone lifting one of my pictures (wasn't watermarked) without asking off a well known social media site. Now I know this site can use anyones photos - I don't have a problem with that as it is in T&Cs. However I did have an issue with this person - who is not the social media, just taking a picture. I didn't say anything and just shrugged it off as it was a pretty poor quality picture anyway.
Until I was asked if they could have the original as they'd tried to have the one they took, edited to look like something else. So not only had they taken the photo, they had then tried to have it edited - it doesn't sit right with me. I would've liked to have been asked if they could use the photo first in both cases.
But I had deleted the photo any how so no chance I could give them the original. Anyway - thats the back story. I then put my dilemma on a page (not photography) on this social media site.
I was told that because I am an amateur I shouldn't be bothered about it, I should be happy people are taking my photos, not accrediting me for them and sharing them willy nilly.
This was a couple of months ago. I have since put up some photos I took yesterday with a watermark and was told that it took away from the picture (cos I hadn't figured out how to fade it then - have now) but the person commenting could understand why I had done it. I explained it did need fading a bit but it stops people just taking my work.
Now this person then asked me if I see my photos as my work.. well of course I do. I may not be making a profit from them but I'm still taking time out of my day to go out, take photos, come home, edit them and then share them.
So I do see it as my work. Same with any essays I did in English Literature class - they were still my work even though they were just for exams and for marking.
Or am I seeing things wrong?