How to add copyright to your photos

Copyright is incredibly important for photographers in the age of the internet. In this quick tutorial by our friends at the Canon magazine PhotoPlus, their experts show you how to embed your personal details in the EXIF data — and make it clear who owns a photo wherever it’s shared!

We used a Canon DSLR for the purposes of this tutorial, but the process is similar whatever brand you shoot with.

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How to add copyright to your photos

01. Enter the menu

How to add copyright to your photos: 01. Enter the Menu

Press your camera’s Menu button, and select the final tab in the yellow set-up ‘spanner’ section. You’ll find a Copyright information option here – scroll to it and press the Set button.

02. Copyright options

How to add copyright to your photos: 02. Copyright options

If it’s the first time you’ve entered copyright details, only ‘Enter author’s name’ and ‘Enter copyright details’ will be available. Add your name, then select the details option.

03. Keep it brief

How to add copyright to your photos: 03. Keep it brief

You’re limited to 63 characters, so keep the info concise. To cycle between the main window and the character window, press Q or the Picture Styles button.

04. Out with the old

How to add copyright to your photos: 04. Out with the old

Press the Menu button when you’re done. Top tip: if you’ve bought a second-hand camera, use the ‘Delete copyright information’ option to remove the previous owner’s details.