Pro­tect your­self

Ge­orge Cairns shows you how to pro­tect your im­ages by as­sign­ing your copy­right and adding your con­tact de­tails to ev­ery pic­ture’s meta­data

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Make sure the world knows you own your pho­tos: at­tach your con­tact de­tails

It’s com­mon prac­tice to share your dig­i­tal pho­tos as elec­tronic copies. You might do this by email­ing them to clients, post­ing them on your Face­book page or pre­sent­ing them in an on­line gallery. Once you’ve shared a photo you can’t con­trol where it ends up, be­cause it’s easy for oth­ers to make an elec­tronic copy. This can lead to sce­nar­ios where your work is shared and/or pub­lished with­out you be­ing cred­ited or paid for it. As the creator of the im­age, you own the copy­right to it, so oth­ers must seek your per­mis­sion if they want to use it. To help them do so you can as­sign your copy­right de­tails to the photo’s meta­data.

When your cam­era pro­cesses an im­age to ren­der its colours and tones, it also in­cludes in­for­ma­tion about the cam­era set­tings used to cap­ture the photo, such as the shut­ter speed and aper­ture set­ting. This meta­data is stored with the im­age file, so where the im­age goes, the meta­data goes too. By in­sert­ing your copy­right and

con­tact de­tails into this meta­data, your photo is less likely to be used with­out your be­ing cred­ited.

Light­room’s Meta­data panel is de­signed to en­able you to add im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion such as who cre­ated a photo, and who owns the copy­right. We’ll show you how to edit a photo’s meta­data and then turn that in­for­ma­tion into a meta­data pre­set, so that you can ap­ply your copy­right de­tails to mul­ti­ple pho­tos with a few clicks. We’ll also show you how to quickly ap­ply presets to mul­ti­ple pho­tos as you im­port them, which is a huge time-sav­ing step in your pic­ture pro­cess­ing work­flow.

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