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