A Photographer’s Guide to Image Attribution

Image Attribution

In order to make sure your work is recognised and appreciated by all, it’s crucial to make sure you understand creative commons and image attribution.

In layman’s terms, image attribution works to make sure the original photographer, author or creator is credited for their work. However, there are a few dos and don’ts to consider when it comes to photo attribution.

In this guide, you’ll find information on the creative commons and their attribution license, to help you make the most of your photography and ensure your work gets the recognition it deserves.

Creative Commons Licenses

Creative Commons (CC) is a not-for-profit organisation. The service allows you to create free copyright licenses, that provide permission for others to share and use your photography under your specified conditions.

If you’ve learnt how to optimise images for web and you are sharing your photography on the internet, it may be worth considering creating a creative commons license for your work.

This allows you to specify whether your photos can be used commercially, if they can be adapted or edited and if they should be attributed when being used, as well as any other conditions you deem appropriate. This protects your photography from being used, edited and shared without your permission.

However, it’s important to note that CC licenses can only be applied to original creative work. If the photo already exists somewhere else on the internet, you cannot use a CC license.

A full list of the considerations for CC licensors and licensees is available on the Creative Commons website.

Creative Commons Attribution

One of the conditions of all CC licenses is that the creative work or photography must be attributed and there are best practices you should follow to ensure proper image attribution.

When it comes to creative commons attribution, you can’t go far wrong if you follow the T.A.S.L. acronym:

  • T – Title of the material (if any).
  • A – Author or owner of the material. If you’re attributing your own photography, you will be the author.
  • S – Source of the content. A URL or hyperlink is usually enough to let others know where to find the original copy of the work.
  • L – License that the material is under. There are 6 different types of CC license, so it’s important to identify and explicitly list which type the material is under.

To illustrate the above points, here is an ideal dummy photo attribution example:

Dave The Goat” by the Case Farm is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Creative Commons Attribution Generators

If you’re finding it difficult to perfect photo attribution, not to worry! There are countless creative commons attribution generators that will create a perfect attribution for your photography, without any effort required.

Open Washington Attribution Builder provides an easy to use form, where you fill in the details for your work and it generates an appropriate attribution based on the information you provide.

Alternatively, the ImageCodr allows you to find and enter the link to any Flickr image you want to attribute. The tool then lists the CC license the image is under, its specific permissions and conditions for reuse and its appropriate attribution.

If you want to do a quick search to discover any locations on the web where your images might have been used (and to check the image attribution), a reverse image search is a quick and simple way to start.

Image attribution is a really simple way to allow others to appreciate and admire your work, so it’s well worth taking the time to make sure you have the right licenses in place.
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