Help!

Hi all…as you know I’m new to this whole scene…. new to blogging, to online portfolios etc…I could really use some advice from those of you who have been around the blog…block. Sorry couldn’t help myself!

I am not overly concerned with image thievery but slightly concerned as I improve and someone may at some point think Hmmm, great image I am going to copy that… ( I wish! ) Seriously I have been warned a thousand times over by mentors and friends to protect, protect, protect. SO I have been reducing to 72 dpi per their instruction and watermarking. The downside is that when you want to enlarge; some if not most of these images are then grainy and not as enjoyable. How important is it? Is it more important to protect or to exhibit? What are you all doing my fellow photographer/travelers? I really want to know. Any and all constructive advice is welcome. Will you ask around and post and ask around some more? Thanks! ALSO…do you want the nitty-gritty on the shot I took it at these settings, blah di blah… or just the shot, mystique intact?

Thanks in advance I am really enjoying being here in your company.

PS: San Francisco is the bomb! Will try to make a thoughtful post upon my return!

Michelee