Monthly Archives: June 2019

iWatermark+, an easy application to protect your photos

I was quite frustrated when I realised somebody else have taken my photo and shared it on their Instagram profiles. Maybe because they had more followers and got more likes for my photo. Fact is, I have taken the photo and I felt I needed to protect my creative property. I have waited so long for the clouds to clear, so that I could take a beautiful photo of one of the beautiful buildings in my town.

So, I have searched AppStore and found a few that are useful. And, to be quite honest, if an app says that it is for free, and want to charge me as soon as I have downloaded it, I am getting extremely fustrated. In the process, a few of the options were deleted as soon as they have been downloaded. At the end, I have sticked to iWatermark+.

The logo for the application looks like this:

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It costed a few Rands, less than R100 if I remember correctly, but it was totally worthwhile to choose this specific application. You can use it in different ways, I will show you how I am using it.

When you open the application, you are taken to this screen.

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Your screen will not have the CvS ’19, that is my watermark, or rather one of the three I have chosen.

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You can select any of the others, or all of them if you want to, but be careful, all of them will show on your picture. So choose wisely. As soon as you have chosen one, three blue lines appears next to it. Click there to personalise it.

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You can change the font, the size, and f you want to engrave or emboss the watermark. I prefer engrave, the effect is to my liking, but you maybe want to choose emboss or even plain.

As soon as you have done that, you can start watermarking your photos to protect them. so here are the instructions. Click on the picture at the bottom of this screen.

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You will see that it shows that I have 3 watermarks ready to be used. You can change it from here if you want to.On the following screen you decide if you want to watermark one or many photos.

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You can even import a file. I have not yet used more than one, I always select one photo at a time.

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You can then select the photo from your photos on your phone.

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You can click on the watermark and move it to your liking, I normally place it where somebody who wants to use my photo will have some difficulty in using it without damaging the photo’s quality. When you are happy, click at the bottom of the screen the share button (second from right). You will be taken to this screen.

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Decide how you want to share it. You can share it immediately (green icons). Or you can save and print it (black icons). I choose save image to save the watermarked one on my phone. It does not replace the original photo. I know, that was my concern as well. Here is the one I have created for this tutorial.

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So, if you would love to share your photos, but you want to protect them as well, I recommend at this stage this application. A once off payment worth wile spent.

Please feel free to leave comments. Or to share how you have used this application. If you use others, you may share that as well. We need to learn from one another. I just love this app since I can customize it on the photo before I save it to be posted. some of the other apps need a lot of work if you change your mind …

 

 

 

 

From the heart of a teacher

Teachers are bullied in schools – by the same children they are supposed to guide towards adulthood.

Their classes are disrupted, they are treated with disrespect and they are not even allowed to send a naughty child out of the classroom so that the rest of the class can be taught.

Today, I found this open letter from a teacher on my Facebook group for teachers and he wished that there is a way to send it into the open so that other people can realise that teachers are human, have feelings and are hurt. Despite this, teachers go daily back and do their jobs.

I felt his pain, and many of the teachers of this special group of teachers felt it as well. Fact is, teachers are people too! His letter follows, unedited:

TEACHERS ARE PEOPLE TOO!

Lately there has been a spate of posts on social media about teacher brutality that went viral. Shock is expressed from all spheres of society and our dear education department is promising that legal action WILL be taken.
There are, however some information outside those dreaded posts that is not revealed, because nobody wants to own up. Before that teacher lost control and hit the child, he/she has been ridiculed, disrespected, cursed at, stolen from, etc. for a looong time.
Remember that teachers in senior phases get up to 7 classes of more than 35 learners per day. Out of these, +/- 15 per class (add up to 105 learners a day) are disrespectful. They refuse to work or keep quiet and are blatantly rude when addressed. Attempted parent contact mostly goes unanswered or ends up in a disciplinary hearing with a warning, and the child is back, because they have rights. They cannot be put out of class, because they have rights. They cannot be touched, even if they smack or punch a teacher, because they have rights. They cannot be addressed harshly, even if they curse at teachers, because they have rights.


In all this, it seems like you give up your humanity when you become a teacher. Well, let me point out that under the straight face that we go back to schools with everyday, to face the same abuse from the same children, are normal human beings; we have children and parents like everybody else, we feel, like everybody else, we hurt, like everybody else… Because we are people too. I am not pleading to a child to start respecting me, because it is not in their capacity. I am pleading with our government to restore the dignity of teachers by not placing the rights if these unruly monsters created by this evil system above teachers rights, because we are people too. We also have rights.
All we want to do is our job, which is educating these kids back to childhood and into adulthood, which can only be done with the help of both the parents and our government. ALUTA CONTINUA!

(If someone knows how to get this out on the media platforms where everybody can see, especially government, it will be appreciated.)

To all the teachers who did not quit as I did, but are still standing in the classrooms despite bad behaviour of children, I salute you. And I pray for you. We need you!