Practical blog post today on my biggest social media pet peeve since I started social media. It’s probably a silly pet peeve to have but that’s most pet peeves right. It makes my skin crawl when I see people doing this so I decided to address the issue on how to properly give photo credits! News flash I don’t believe that you pushing the little white button on the bottom of the screen warrants you credit for that photo!
Okay! I broke it down to someone a few weeks ago on when and how a photo credit is deserved and when it’s not.
There are four types of photos taken in which people think photo credits are deserved.
So I’m sure as you read through them that you’ve got a guess of which deserves photo credits and which does not, but I shall give you my reasoning on which need credits and which do not.
When someone takes time out of their day to take semi-professional or professional photos for you, paid or not, it is your duty to give them photo credits! When I say semi-professional or professional I mean they are using a DSLR camera (or a really good iPhone camera lol) and have purposely set aside time to do this with/for you. They may or may not pose you but they are thinking about angles and lighting and the quality of the pictures they are taking to give to you. Whether you edit them or they edit them they deserve a photo credit, especially if they edit them. Not only are they taking time but it may be something they want to do more of and get better at so tagging them gets their name out there and that is vital to helping them further their hobby or career. So 3 and 4 most definitely deserve photo credits and actually should require photo credits no questions asked. If you like that photo enough to post it then you can take the time to give them credit for it.
So number 2. It’s your phone. It’s your time. But you aren’t particularly trying to give them the next Pinterest most-saved-photo hit. In my extensive thought on this I have concluded that it shouldn’t matter if you get a photo credit. You are doing it because they asked, not because you thought to do it. You quickly airdrop or text the picture to them and it’s out of mind. You have no more worries or thoughts of it. You don’t care if they post or not. You did it cause they asked, and maybe because you have a better quality phone camera. I don’t know. I wouldn’t expect a photo credit for this type of picture. It just isn’t necessary to ask for credit when you stood there and took a straight forward easy photo.
Nope you absolutely do not deserve a photo credit for number 1. You stopped took a picture and kept going. If you’d do it for a stranger at a tourist-y thing with no second thought then why do you need credits when you do the same thing for someone you follow on social media?! Going back to 3-4 here are the comparisons. You didn’t really take time out of your day to care about the outcome of the picture. You take a picture till they’re happy with it that’s it. You used their phone/camera! It’s not on any of your phone or computer memory space! You aren’t thinking lighting or angles or quality, you just are being nice and helping them out because they forgot their selfie stick. I 100% don’t expect a photo credit from these types of photos.
Now this is my opinion but number 3 and 4 are actually pretty serious. If you don’t give photo credits to those types of pictures, especially edited by them, it is considered stolen property. There is no why that I know of that you can get charged for it and it’s kinda pointless to get into a legal dispute but it is not yours. I see it so much following bigger photographers where they have to reiterate over and over how they require people to tag them, and not to change their edit of the picture because it’s there trade mark so to speak (but that’s a whole other topic!).
So case and point!
Give people credit so they don’t have to ask you to but don’t ask if you don’t really deserve it!