It’s a new year, and for photographers and bloggers that means it’s time to make a few updates! I have copyright information set on my blog, camera and in Lightroom, and sometimes that includes adding the copyright year as well. Since it is now 2014 then it’s a good time to go through and update everything to reflect the change.

In Lightroom

Here’s how to create (or change) a copyright metadata preset:

  1. First, go into the Library module.
  2. Then, in the menu at the top select Metadata > Edit Metadata Presets…
  3. Then, in the window that pops up, check the “IPTC Copyright” box and fill in the boxes however you like. (Figure A)
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Figure A

Now you can apply this preset to images using the Metadata panel on the right (Figure B), or when importing your images into Lightroom (Figure C).

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Figure B

Figure C
Figure C

In Your Camera

All camera models will be a little different, but they should each have a place to enter your info. On my Canon 5D Mark III, I go into the Menu and locate the setting for the copyright information.

Next, I select “Enter copyright details” to enter in my copyright terms, along with the year. (If you have not done this step in the past, I would suggest entering your “author name” as well!)

Then I enter in the copyright details. Since there is no copyright symbol, I just added parentheses between the letter “c”. It’s not necessary to add the “(c)” before the year, in fact, it’s not even necessary to add the year. Feel free to leave it out, and add the appropriate copyright terms for your images.

On Your Blog or Website

Blog copyright info
I use the theme of my blog to enter the copyright information in my footer.
Blog copyright info
This is the final copyright information at the bottom of my website.

Many photographers also have websites and blogs where they share their work, or interact with clients. The copyright for most blogs is typically at the bottom of the page, and if it’s not updated automatically then you’ll need to go in and make the change yourself. Oftentimes this is a change to the footer, and it will differ for almost every website. For my blog, I have to go into my theme options and make the changes to the footer. Also, if you have an additional text added to the footer of your RSS (using a plugin, etc.), don’t forget to change that as well!