How to Credit a Professional Photographer on a Facebook Album
By David Weedmark
Many photographers request that you give credit for photos when posting them online. Often, this is just a matter of stating "Photos by" with the photographer's name. The most obvious place to credit a photographer is in the description of each photo. If you have a lot of pictures in an album by the same photographer, however, like a collection of wedding photos, and you are not legally required to credit each photo, it may be easier to credit the photographer on the album itself.
Crediting a Photographer on an Album
Log in to Facebook and click the "Photos" link on the left menu of your Home page. Click the "Albums" tab above the photos.
Select "Create New Album" if you haven't uploaded the photos yet. A dialog box opens where you can select photos for the new album. You can work on the album description while they are uploading. If you have already created an album, select it and then click the "Edit" button.
Select the "Title," "Description," or "Location" text field to include the photographer's name. Although the location field is designed for tagging the album with a physical location, you can type any words you want without selecting a location.
Click the "Done" button. The Album is opened, displaying the photographer's name and other details you have added about the album.
Crediting a Photographer on a Photo
Upload the photos to a Facebook album if you haven't done so already. Open the album and click on the first photograph you want to credit to the photographer.
Click the "Edit" button and then click the "Description" text field. Type the credit, such as "Photo by" and then type the photographer's name. If you are friends with the photographer, his or her name will appear beneath the text as you begin to type it. If the name appears, click it to select the photographer's name.
Add any other information you wish and click the "Finished Editing" button. Close the photo window by clicking the "X" in the upper right corner. Use the same process to credit additional photos.
- Crediting a photographer is never a substitute for having the photographer's permission to use a photo. Posting photos on the Internet without the photographer's consent is an infringement of copyright -- and is illegal -- whether the photographer is a professional or not.
- Information in this article applies to Facebook as it appeared in April 2013. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.
A published author and professional speaker, David Weedmark has advised businesses and governments on technology, media and marketing for more than 20 years. He has taught computer science at Algonquin College, has started three successful businesses, and has written hundreds of articles for newspapers and magazines throughout Canada and the United States.