{in biz} Why Crediting Your Photos is the Right Thing to do?


{Image: Camera Date by Ginnerobot on Flickr}

A topic of interest this week – giving proper credit to photos and images used on blogs.

Chelsea of {frolic!} is of the opinion that “Not properly crediting photos is incredibly disrespectful to the photographers and the people who created the images… I know most people aren’t trying to be mean or disrespectful but just aren’t aware.”

I agree with Chelsea.  I’m guilty of not crediting images – especially in my early days of blogging.  But as I personally delve deeper in to the world of photography, I’m understanding and appreciating the importance to giving proper credit to the photographers and artists whose images I use.

Jess of Epheriell shares how she will be ‘taking it up a notch’ with her image crediting and also shares “a really useful tool… tineye.com – a Reverse Image Search tool, which I have started using as well.

Caiti of Life is a Canvas focuses on Pinterest – a virtual pinboard ‘where you can create collections of things you love’ – and has “come up with a list of “better practices” for Pinning”.

Personally, I’ve recently attached a Creative Commons Licence to my photographs that I post on the blog.

Why?  It’s not that I’m overly concerned about others using my images.  It’s just (in the ideal world!?) it is the right thing to do, to show your appreciation for the beauty that talented photographers and artists create.  So…

What is Creative Commons?

‘Creative Commons (CC) is an internationally active non-profit organisation that provides free licences for creators to use when making their work available to the public. These licences help the creator to give permission for others to use the work in advance under certain conditions.’ ~What is Creative Commons? Factsheet

Instead of trying to go in to detail here about how to properly credit images, I’m going to instead provide links to the informative factsheets (where it’s already done!) on the Creative Commons website.

How to Attribute Creative Commons Materials

Finding Creative Commons Material

Search by Creative Commons

Choose your Creative Commons Licence

Creative Commons Australia

Creative Commons

While I know these links won’t ensure that bloggers do the right thing and give their fellow artists credit where credit is due, it is my small way of contributing to the education and awareness of how we can do the right thing.

So, are you fellow-blogger, prepared to do the right thing?


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4 Responses to {in biz} Why Crediting Your Photos is the Right Thing to do?

  1. Sarah Lysaught March 9, 2011 at 9:19 PM #

    Hey Tasha, thanx for this. I was wondering about publishing photos i find on the net on my own blog. This answers a few questions. (Thanx for the FB reply too). Still researching but am getting close to taking the plunge.

    • Tasha Chawner March 10, 2011 at 7:43 AM #

      You’re welcome Sarah – and glad that I was able to help.
      Let me know when you get your blog started, so that I can drop by, have a look and comment!

  2. chelsea March 17, 2011 at 6:46 PM #

    Thanks so much for spreading the word about this important issue! A group of us just made a poster to make this easier for people http://pinterest.com/pin/8712875/

    Thanks again!!

    • Tasha Chawner March 17, 2011 at 7:58 PM #

      You’re welcome Chelsea!
      I figure that if just a few of us make the word known, then it will spread and (fingers crossed) bloggers will know and understand the issue.
      And with a vested interest in photography now, I can fully appreciate the why…

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