Readers of this blog, along with those that have attended my trainings, know that I am consistently talking about the importance of taking photos. Time and time again, I speak to wildlife control operators (WCOs) who have seen some incredible things done by wildlife but when I ask them, “Do you have photos?”, they typically answer, “No.” Thankfully, more WCOs are beginning to learn the importance of taking photos. And with the quality and availability of cell phone cameras, there is no excuse not to take photos. Which brings me to the main point, what apps do I recommend that WCOs have to manage and manipulate their photos? One of them that I recommend is iWatermark+.
iWatermark+ is an app that allows you place copyright information on your photos. Placing copyright information on your photos is essential for three reasons. First, it shows the world, who took and owns the image. As one whose photos have been used by others in a commercial fashion without compensation, I can tell you that it’s annoying to see your shots on someone else’s website. But the second reason is to help market your business. Placing a name on the photo helps advertise your company whether it’s a separate entity or you personally. Finally, iWatermark+ will remove location data from your image, if you want it to. In case you didn’t know, but every time you take a photo with a cell phone, the GPS coordinates are embedded into the image’s information known as the EXIF file. If you don’t remove it, anyone with some simple photo editing software can see the exact location where you took the shot, such as your client’s house.
So, do yourself a favor and check out iWatermark+. It costs a few bucks, but is well worth it. You can obtain a free version but I would suggest bypass that and go right for the pay to use version. Note, that I or my company have not received any compensation for this article, but I am willing to accept some.Stephen M. Vantassel, CWCP, is the owner of Wildlife Control Consultant, LLC. He helps people restore their balance with nature through publishing, training, consulting, and the internet. He has published numerous articles in trade and academic publications along with several books (http://kingsdivinity.academia.edu/StephenMVantassel). He is a sought after speaker and trainer. Copyright All postings are the property of Stephen M. Vantassel and Wildlife Control Consultant, LLC. Text (not images) may be reprinted in non-profit publications provided that the author and website URL is included. If images wish to be used, explicit and written permission must be obtained from Wildlife Control Consultant, LLC.