I've noticed that many computer hardware websites watermark substantial portions of "exclusive" images, rather than just place a logo in the corner of the image. An example is the GPU chip image in this VideoCardz.com article.
To what extent should I take extra precautionary measures regarding "exclusive" images of this nature? Should I use full-image watermarks of this kind? How might this affect SEO?
Remember, I'm looking for expertise, not mere opinion.