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How do you attach copyright information to images, say that are stored onto a flashdrive? I mean sure you can go into Photoshop, make a text layer, add a copyright symbol and all that then set it on the image, but I am talking electronically here. For example, if I know that if you take your flash drive to some places they can look at the photos and tell who they belong to, what camera was used, all the camera information, who the copyright belongs to, etc. etc. at least from what I have read and heard anyways. So, how do you do this? Anyone know what I am talking about or know how this is done? Thanks in advance...

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Shutterman wrote:.

How do you attach copyright information to images, say that arestored onto a flashdrive? I mean sure you can go into Photoshop, makea text layer, add a copyright symbol and all that then set it on theimage,.

Yeah, you can do that, but that is like vandalizing your own photo to me. I assume that the photos on the flash drive are to print and are full size. If you are talking web sized photos that you will put on your website, that is a different matter..

But I am talking electronically here..

Now, you are talking about Digimarc. See link here:http://www.digimarc.com/mypicturemarc/how-it-works/default.asp.

Of course, it requires software to read the watermark to tell you that it is copyrighted..

For example, if I knowthat if you take your flash drive to some places they can look at thephotos and tell who they belong to, what camera was used, all thecamera information, who the copyright belongs to, etc. etc. at leastfrom what I have read and heard anyways..

Now you are talking about EXIF information. You can edit the EXIF information in just about any image viewer. If you have Windows, you can even use this free Microsoft utility to do it:.

Http://www.microsoft.com/.../using/digitalphotography/prophoto/photoinfo.mspx.

I tried it, but ended up uninstalling it, since it didn't really do anything that my other image viewing software didn't already do, and it didn't improve my work flow..

So, how do you do this?Anyone know what I am talking about or know how this is done? Thanksin advance..

In reading your past posts, you seem really concerned about people stealing your photos. If you are that (and in my opinion, overly) concerned, don't post your photos online. Of course, the more sensible thing to do is to minimize the risk of it happening by only posting small web sized photos (such and 800 x 600 or smaller). You can minimize it even further by adding a copyright symbol on your photos you post...

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Comment #2

You do not say what camera you use. On Nikons you can program them so that they write a copyright message in the EXIF. Ken Rockwell tells you how to do that(and boasts how wonderful he is to be able to reveal this secret to you) but it is also in the camera manuals..

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I am using a Canon 400D as of right now...

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Your camera embeds the EXIF data in each image, this includes date, time, shot settings, etc. You can access this information with the software that came with your camera, or a number of programs that are available online. Google will help with this..

Your Canon software also includes Camera Window, probably accessible through ZoomBrowser, software also included with your camera. You connect your camera to your PC using the USB cable included with your camera, and via Camera Window you can enter some custom text, e.g. copyright Joe Photographer, tel. 1-601-xxx-xxxx. This will be loaded into the camera and included in the EXIF for each photo..

Note, it will not appear on the photos, and the EXIF information is also easy to remove from the photo files..

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Comment #5

If the info. you put on it can be removed from the photo files with ease then what is the purpose of it in the first place?..

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Not everyone removes the EXIF data, many find the information useful. Some that download other folks' images don't realize there is EXIF data that may contain your name, etc. Naturally, there is no way you will know if someone is using your photo based on the EXIF..

Concerning non-removable copyright, or a better way to define it is not so easy to remove copyright, there are only 2 ways - 1. Watermarking by graphic modification of the image so the copyright is visibly pronounced and can not easily or effectively be edited, and 2. A digital watermarking system like Digimarc system, effective but costly. They claim to search the web looking for the digital watermarks and report back. I don't have experience with the digital systems., Google will help you should you be interested..

Images that are posted on the web do not need to be large in physical size, 800 pixels wide & 600 pixels high are good enough, the image quality (IQ) also does not need to be high. This will limit anyone downloading photos to a print size of about 4" x 6" before the IQ shows deterioration..

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Comment #7

You need to decide what you want to do - reduce others from downloading your photos, reduce the usability of photos others can download via 'right click' or other means, mark your photos with your copyright, etc..

I addressed one question in your original post, but you have to define your overall objectives..

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Doug J wrote:.

Your Canon software also includes Camera Window, probably accessiblethrough ZoomBrowser, software also included with your camera..

You can access this through Zoom Browser if you find that convenient (click the 'Acquire and Camera Settings' button then 'Connect to EOS Camera') but you don't actually need to load Zoom Browser..

Assuming all the Canon software has been installed on your PC, simply connect the camera with the USB cable, switch on, and the 'EOS Utility' window opens automatically. If it doesn't, this is due to the way your PC is configured. Start EOS Utility (it's in your Programs under Canon Utilities), then go to Preferences and check "Start EOS Utilty automatically when the camera is connected" so it'll work next time..

Youconnect your camera to your PC using the USB cable included with yourcamera, and via Camera Window you can enter some custom text, e.g.copyright Joe Photographer, tel. 1-601-xxx-xxxx. This will be loadedinto the camera and included in the EXIF for each photo..

What Doug is referring to as Camera Window is the Camera Settings/Remote Shooting window (actually titled 'EOS 400D DIGITAL', or presumably the US name in your case - XTi something-or-other). Bottom right is a Tools icon; click that and you can fill in the owner's name. I suppose you could fill in anything you wish here, but personally I just use my name..

Note, it will not appear on the photos, and the EXIF information isalso easy to remove from the photo files..

That's an important point to understand - this is about identification, not security...

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