It’s easy to program your camera to add copyright information to all your images, and it takes less than a minute. Here’s how it’s done.

If you publish your images online, or send them to others for some reason, it’s a good idea to append copyright information to them.

While copyright itself is granted as soon as you capture an image, it can be difficult to know who owns the copyright to an image once it has made its way out into the wider world. For that reason, it’s good practice to make sure your name is embedded within the information attached to the file.

Thankfully, the process of doing this is very simple. You just need to set it up once on your camera and you can (largely) forget about it after this point.

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This information will attach itself to the metadata of the image. This is information that’s bundled with the image, which usually tells you things like when the image was taken, what the camera settings were, and what camera was used to capture it. 

It’s attached to both Raw and JPEG files too, so even if you process your Raw files on more than one occasion, you should retain this information whether you use JPEGs straight out of the camera or images from any Raw files you process.

How to attach copyright details to your photos

The way to attach this information varies between cameras, but this is usually done through an option found within the tools, setup or settings menu. Some cameras mark this menu by a wrench or cog icon. 

Many modern Nikon cameras, for example, have this option within the Setup Menu (above), with separate fields for the artist and copyright details. Similarly, Canon users will usually find this option in the Tools menu (identified by a wrench), with the same author’s name and copyright details options as offered by Nikon.

What should you include here?

This means that you can add your website and the current year if you want this to appear in metadata, rather than just your name. Some photographers even add their phone numbers, which gives clients or prospective clients an easy way to contact them.

Should you also add copyright details to your image captions?

Up until now, we’ve been discussing how to add copyright to the metadata of your images, which is only visible if someone