Hello all! I'm sure this has been discussed on here before, but due to time constraints, I can't exactly look through it all. Here is my question:
I have recently decided to start my own photography business (Happy Cow Photography), and would like to watermark and copyright my images. I know how to watermark them, but not how to copyright. A friend of mine suggested Adobe Bridge, but I don't know how to acquire a copy of this without buying another editing software. I currently have Photoshop Elements 8. Any help or suggestions to get me started would be more than appreciated!
Thank you so very much Wayne! You were a huge help!
The other thing to note here is that by NOT adding a watermark or declaring copyright does not mean the image is copyright free. You do not have to do anything to your photos, if you took them, you own the copyright to those images unless either a contract between you and the recipient of the images, or unless as wayne states, you breach someone elses copyright. Mainly journalists contracts give up all copyright ownership to the news agency. But in general, a photographer, amateur or otherwise, owns all the copyright to all of their photos, regardless of what marking/branding you add to your images/exif.
All that has been said so far is true - but to "officially" copyright photos in the USA, the process is somewhat more complicated. Much has been written about this and if you search "how to copyright photographs", you will find much more specific information. There is a fee required to copyright photos.
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