Update you camera for the new year
Now that we have rolled into the new year it is a good idea to update the settings that show the year in your camera. If your camera adds EXIF, or metadata, for the copyright to your photo file then it likely needs updating.
The moment you press the shutter release you have a copyright in the resulting image, at least here in the USA. Most photographers also make sure that the metadata contains this information. Many cameras will add that data into the file of the photo.
I like to have the full line, “Copyright © 2015 Ludwig Keck. All rights reserved.” included in the metadata of my photos. Most cameras do not provide the copyright symbol, ©, as part of the character set. It is perfectly proper to substitute “(c)”.
Cameras that do not write to the copyright field likely do provide for a comment string. I like to use that field for copyright information as well.
While you are updating the settings, take a look and see if the time has drifted off. Might as well start the new year with accurate time information also.
NOTE: Above I said that the mere act of pressing the shutter release creates the copyright for you. That is also the case if you lend your camera to a friend. The friend legally has the resulting rights even if the EXIF data shows your name. It might be a good idea to reset or turn off the copyright recording when you part with your camera. That also goes for the “author” field. Not that your friend would be much inconvenienced. It is very easy to strip or to replace the comment., author and copyright information in the file.
Now that you are all set, have a great year of shooting!
© 2015 Ludwig Keck
Windows Live Photo Gallery with its Share group right on the Home Ribbon makes sharing pictures with friends and the world very straightforward. Just select the photos, click the sharing service, a couple more selections and the images are on their way to the web. Here are the icons as they show on my Photo Gallery. I share to Windows Live Groups, SkyDrive, Flickr, Picasa Web Albums, and Facebook. You may have other services added to your Share menu.
Pictures are most useful when the people pictured in them are identified and the photo location added along with other tags to help in finding them. Photo Gallery makes it so quick and effortless to add and manage such data.
It is very easy to forget to remove any information in the metadata that should not go out on the Internet. So it is best to set up the Photo Gallery Options to remove sensitive data from photos before they are sent out.
- Click the File menu button (upper left).
- Click Options.
- Click the Publish tab.
By default, as shown here, “Include all file details except…” is selected with nothing excluded.
Click the details to be removed.
Camera information, Captions, and Descriptive tags may be useful to viewers and harmless to share. However, it may be undesirable to share Location information and People tags. Such information could be misused by malevolent folks.
There may be other information stored in the photo file that was added by means other than Photo Gallery. Such information will still be retained in the file that is uploaded. For example, I have my camera set to write a Comment into the EXIF data. I also use Windows Explorer to add my name in the Authors field and a copyright notice. Such information is only removed when the Photo Gallery option “Remove all file details” is enabled.
Set the options to your preferences, Photo Gallery will retain the setting. When next you do a quick upload you know only the data you wish to go out on the Internet will be published.
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