A very quick tip for any newer photographers out there (I assume many seasoned photographers will know this already), depending on the model of your camera, as well as adding camera/lens settings in the EXIF data, you can also set your copyright info as well – so that every photo you take comes straight out the camera with a clear indication of who took the shot. The great thing about it is, even thought doing a save for web in Photoshop strips the EXIF info, it still retains the Copyright fields.
How to set it…
The method for adding it varies, if you shoot with any of the more recent Nikon DSLRs you can see how below. Canon it’s slightly different but still easy enough and this link will explain it all:
Adding copyright to Canon DSLRs.
With Nikon though, you can find the setting in the Setup Menu under Copyright Information.
In here you can set both the Artist and the Copyright, just make sure you remember to click the attach copyright button, and also turn the setting on in the Setup Menu, as per the image above.
The nice thing about it is, you don’t have to just add your name. You can put anything you want from your website address to your contact info, email etc, and this will show up in your favourite editing software:
Why add it? Three reasons:
It speeds up your work-flow. The way I see it, the less time you have to spend sorting and editing images the better. If you send images to a photo library, key wording can be a pain, so having one less thing to add to your images will speed up, and therefore reduce, your work-flow time. Even if you don’t send images to a photo library yet, you might do one day. And it’s much better to have thousands of images already copyrighted sitting in your collection now than having to add it to all of them later.
It adds an element of security. In this digital age it’s very easy to share your images online. But, the downside is it’s also easy for someone to take your images and use them for their own gain in some way on another website or even entering them in to competitions pretending they own the image. That might seem extreme, but it does happen.
Make it easier for potential buyers to find you. It might be small, but there is always a chance that one day someone will stumble on one of your images on a website somewhere, and want to contact the photographer who took it. Well, having your info embedded in the image increases the chances of them tracking you down. Hey it might be a long shot, but if over the years you end up with thousands of images floating around online, doesn’t it make sense to do everything you can to make it easier for the original owner (yes, YOU) to be found!
Should I really bother?
Of course as with anything in the digital world, nothing is full proof and there are ways of removing this info from an online jpeg if someone really wants to. But I absolutely recommend setting this up in your camera. Apart from the security side of having your copyright on the image, this tip, as explained above, is just as much about speeding up your work flow and doing everything you can to make it easier for others to find you.
So, if your camera offers the ability, fill out the copyright info so that every shot from now on comes straight out the camera with your name on it. After all, it doesn’t hurt or cost anything and you certainly won’t be losing out by doing it, but you absolutely might gain from it at some point in the future!