For Beginners Only - 9

19 December 2014

SIG: Travel

Photo Copyright


Original Article by Andy Finney

When it comes to photo copyright, we all deserve credit for the work we do and the things we create, and that's true whether we get paid for it or not. Many photographers have been vocal lately in complaining that their work often goes uncredited, even if the use is legitimate.


There you are, happily putting your party photos on your Facebook page, or documenting the riots and sending the photos to your agency. Images on the internet are available at the click of a mouse, and not everyone is aware that you need permission to use someone else's photograph, even in a blog.




In a digital world, everything is data. Searching has moved from looking through cards, shelves and boxes, to the computerised world of Google, Bing and others. Our images have changed from being physical objects … negative, print, transparency … to being bits of data, held together, as if by magic, inside the workings of our cameras and computers.


Images no longer have an inherent physical structure, and so no longer have places onto which we could carefully write information on exposure, lens, f-stop, or some indication of where and when the photograph was taken.


So what does the prudent photographer do now that it is no longer possible to put a label on the back of a print, or write neatly on a slide mount? What replaces the letters, codes and words that still grace the edges of rolls of film? The answer is metadata ...


This article is an extract from the original which goes into more detail about photography copyright.

Previous Articles in the series - 


1 - "Photography Technique - Holding the Camera"


2 - "Photography Technique - The Essentials"


3 - "Photography Technique - Composition"


4 - "Photography Technique - Lighting"


5 - "Photography Technique - Exposure"


6 - "Photography Technique - Focus"


7 - "Photography Technique - Practise"


8 - "Photography Technique - Workflow"

Comments (2)

John Curgenven
06 January 2015

Thanks for your comment Josh. If you have the time, I wonder if you would mind adding your comment at the foot of the article itself as well - It's always better if a reader comments rather than the author or editor. Best wishes, John

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06 January 2015

I think it'd be good to note that you can also do your embed/metadata in Lightroom. I don't do it in camera because I have multiple brands. The copyright info is interesting though - I've never seen the documents.

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