Smart & Connected Life Travel Tech 81 81 people found this article helpful The Definition of a Photo Credit Line Who took that picture by Jacci Howard Bear Writer A graphic designer, writer, and artist who writes about and teaches print and web design. our editorial process Jacci Howard Bear Updated on November 12, 2019 Travel Tech Digital Cameras & Photography Tips for Mobile Photography Tweet Share Email Although the internet is a great place to share and collaborate, it isn't OK to borrow photos from a person's website without permission. Any time you use another person's photo, you should ask the photographer's permission and publish a photo credit line, sometimes accompanied by a website URL, with the photo. What's in a Photo Credit Line mrgao / Getty Images The photo credit line or photo credit identifies the photographer, illustrator, or copyright holder for images in a publication or on a website. The photo credit line may appear adjacent to a photo, as part of the caption, or elsewhere on the page. The photo credit line is the photographer's equivalent of the byline for the author of a written work. Publications typically have a standard format for the wording or placement of bylines and photo credits specified in their style guide. Photographers and copyright holders often require specific wording or offer suggested phrasing to accompany photographs or illustrations they supply. In the case of web use, linking to the photographer's site or another source may be required or suggested. Some examples of photo credit lines include: Photo by Art T. FotogDrawings provided by A. IllustratorImage courtesy of the Library of Congress© 2017 House of Clip ArtArt T. Fotog / XYZ Images© Art T. Fotog 2018"Pretty Picture" by Art T. Fotog is licensed under CC-BY 2.0 Photo Line Placement Usually, the photo credit appears adjacent to the photo, either directly underneath or positioned along one edge. If several photos from the same photographer are used, one photo credit is sufficient. If no style is specified, use a small — 6 point — sans serif font, not bold, up the left or right side of the photo. If the photo is a full bleed, you can place the credit line inside the photo, near the edge, at a slightly larger size. In this case, it may be necessary to reverse the credit line out of the image for legibility. If it isn't readable, it doesn't count. Terms You Should Know Before you take a photo from the internet, look for its legal standing and for any restrictions placed on it by the owner. Specifically, look for these terms: Copyright: A photo is copyrighted as soon as the photographer takes it. Look for a watermark on the photo, although one is not required. You must seek permission to use the photo.Fair Use: Fair Use refers to the legal right to use a copyrighted photo only for educational, personal, or research purposes, or to benefit the public — not for commercial gain.Creative Commons: A Creative Commons license refers to a copyrighted photo that the owner has made available for use under certain specific requirements. Public Domain: No copyright exists either because the person who owned it has died or because the owner relinquished the copyright. No photo credit line is required.