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How to Protect Your Images by Adding a Copyright to Metadata

Photographs get stolen every day online. It's a problem many photographers face. Hoarding your work will not get you noticed, but putting your work online opens it up to being stolen. Personally, I add my watermark to images I share on Social Media, but anyone worth their salt in Photoshop can remove them fairly easily. So, what else can you do to help protect your hard work?

I would recommend resizing to a non-printable resolution, something less than 300dpi. See my article about printing for more information about that.

Also, you should embed your copyright into the metadata of the image. If they remove the watermark, your information will still be embedded in the image file. It's a process that can be easily done in Lightroom. Here's how to embed your copyright.


Step 1: You will need to be in the Library Module in Lightroom.

Step 2: In the Metadata panel dropdown choose "EXIF and ITPC." (Some of the others work …

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