Do i need to write a caption below a image i use on my website

When you purchase a Royalty-free stock photo from a stock photography agency, photo credits are not legally required, but it is a courteous thing to do. Editorial licensed photos do require credit. By crediting the photo, you are recognizing the photographer and the stock agency either at the bottom of the photo or in your work.

Why credit a photo?

Crediting a Royalty Free stock photo no matter how you use it is good practice. By showing the name of the stock photo agency and the photographer you are crediting the retailer and producer of the image, publically declaring that you are not the creator of the image. It resolves any ownership questions of the photo. For your readers and customers, it makes you look smart and gracious. It is also helpful for your readers if they want to try and track down the origin of the photo.

How do I credit a Royalty Free stock photo?

Each stock photo agency has credit preferences or rules. They could either request that the stock agency come first,  then a backslash, and then the photographer's name or visa versa. Either way, recognition of both is best and requested by stock photo agencies. The copyright symbol © should also accompany the credit.

How do I credit an editorial licensed image

The credit line should be found under the image or in the list of your download history at the end of the article. It is up to the design team of the blog, newspaper, or magazine where the credit line is placed. The stock agency and photographer need to be included with the caption that the photographer has attached to the photo.  This is listed on the stock photo agency site.

Need a good photo for your blog tomorrow? Try Dreamstime for a great photo post, and show your readers you know what you are doing by crediting the photo on your blog.

Amos Struck
Amos Struck

I am a publisher and entrepreneur in the stock imagery field. I focus on providing knowledge and solutions for buyers, contributors and agencies, aiming at contributing to the growth and development of the industry. I am the founder and editor of Stock Photo Press, one of the largest networks of online magazines in the industry. I am the founder of Microstock Expo, the only conference dedicated to the microstock segment. I created several software solutions in stock photography like WordPress plugins. Plus I am a recurrent speaker at Photokina Official Stage, and an industry consultant at StockPhotoInsight. I am passionate about technology, marketing and visual imagery.

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