February 22, 2024

How to Attribute a Photo

If you've ever been to a website, blog, or social media site that uses images (or other creative works), then chances are the creators of those resources have attribution guidelines in place. This is important because failing to properly attribute a photo can lead to copyright issues down the line. It's also a good idea to be aware of attributing photos because you may be subject to additional restrictions that go beyond what's listed in a license.

If the photo has a title, include that in your attribution. In addition, you should be sure to note what alterations were made to the original photo. For example, adding or removing text, saturating or desaturating colors, or cropping the photo are considered alterations and should be noted in your attribution.

In terms of how to give credit for a photo, most CC licenses require a minimum of the following: Creator name, Title of image, Source of image (Full URL to image source page/Database). If the image is being used as a full bleed (it reaches over the edge of a page or publication) then it's a good idea to place the citation right next to the photo, in a font style and size that's easily readable.

Some image databases, such as those accessible through Yok University Libraries, have their own terms of use that outline how their images can be cited. It's important to check those terms and abide by them. In general, these citations should be included as hyperlinks in online content and written out in full in print resources. Other types of citation styles, such as APA, MLA, or AMA, will have more detailed attribution requirements that you should refer to in those cases.

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