Here is a visual guide on how to manually add copyright information to the EXIF data of your images.
How to add copyright to photos in Lightroom
In the Library module of Lightroom under Metadata, you’ll be able to add your copyright, copyright status, a caption, and more.
When you go to export your image, make sure you’re showing All Metadata.
How to add copyright to photos in Photoshop
After opening your image, go to New and File Info. This demonstration is via a Mac and might be slightly different on Windows.
How to add copyright to photos in GIMP
We only have an older version of GIMP, so this might be slightly different from your version. Start by opening your image in GIMP, open Image, then select Image Properties.
Add your copyright information under the “Comment” tab.
How to add copyright to photos without editing software
It is possible to add text to images directly. For a Mac, right + click your image file, select Get Info and add it to the Comments.
This operates similarly in Windows but the problem is that people have found they do not read each other’s “comments”. For example, if I sent this file to a Windows machine, my comment may be stripped out. So this is not a super reliable method for adding copyright.
Third party options for adding copyright to photos
People who scan their older film images to digital face the problem of manually adding in their copyright (as well as their gear serials and settings, if they saved that data). Fortunately, there are folks trying to solve the metadata problem.
Resources to try (warning – we have not fully experimented with these):
Adding copyright with your camera
This works a little differently for every camera, so log into your Lenstag account to get access to your camera’s user manual (not every item has a manual attached to it but for the ones that do, it will already be available in your account).
It is a good idea to put your copyright directly into your camera to write to files automatically. Do this even when just renting a camera – the rental house will delete it before sending it to the next user anyway and at least all your images taken while it was in your possession will have your name attached.
We hope this gets you started on the right path to manually adding in your copyright information to all of your work – whether from a DSLR or other digital camera, scanned slides, or smartphone photos.
Having your copyright tied to your imagery helps Lenstag Rescue more easily hunt down not only stolen gear but misused imagery. Find out more about this free Chrome extension HERE. Register your photography equipment for free on Lenstag today. The more gear that is accounted for, the safer the gear-owning community.
We will add more resources to this post as we discover them and if you’ve found a good method for adding copyright to your metadata, please share them in the comments below!