Best solution: Don't post your photos online. Anywhere. Ever. No Flickr, no FaceBook, etc. If the thieves can't see them, they can't steal them. However, if you do post an image, NEVER post anything more than 400 or 600 pixels wide/tall.... at least make the image so low-res that even the thieves won't want it.
I hate when people ask me what I see myself doing in 5 years...... I don't have 2020 vision!
Thanks very much, I'm new to photography and was wondering if I should be protecting my images here. All my pictures that I take right now are all practice shots, getting the feel for the camera and the settings. But just by chance I actually take a photograph that really looks good was wondering what does everybody else do to protect there work. thanks for the advice.
you have really nice pictures, hopefully I can get my photos to look like that. Practice makes better pictures.
There are programs that allow you to include a copyright onto the images. Lightroom 3 has a function for that.
Note that if , and only if, someone wishes to use your work, there are ways to get the text off your photo, cropping etc but generally, the legally secure method is to send the work to be registered the US Copyright office, the least expensive way is to compile the work into a collection.