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Add fields to give proper credit to photographers plus caption

  1. Oceanwatcher
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    As far as I know, there are no blogging system that has any feature to give proper credit to photographers.

    The article writer get their credit, but how do you put the name of the photographer along with a copyright or creative commons (with a link) under each picture?

    And to make the subject a little more complicated - how do you put a caption in addition to that?

    I have written a blogpost on http://www.wisnaes.com/ to describe it in a bit more detail.

    All photographers deserve a proper credit for their work. And it is not enough to add a comment at the end of an article. There should be fields to fill in each time you add a picture to a blogpost.

    Of course, the really elegant thing would be to populate those fields with information from the IPTC fields of the picture.

    Maybe you have never thought about this before. But as Flickr is getting bigger by the day and more and more people are licensing their pictures under creative commons, you can go there and search for pictures to use in your posts. But in most licenses it is a requirement that you credit the photographer. And the best way to do this is to have the name, copyright or cc and links directly under the pictures. Take a look at my mockup on http://www.wisnaes.com to understand what I mean.

    If you are not sure about what I mean, feel free to ask for clarification. I think this is such a basic requirement (that is also covered by law in most countries) that it should be in the core code. Article writers get credit, programmers get credit - why not photographers?

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  2. charlieman
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    Maybe just pointing to the url of the author or original image in the longdesc attribute in the image tag? That's what it's for, don't reinvent the wheel.

    Although adding some sort of tooltip showing that link should be good. But that's theme stuff.

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  3. Oceanwatcher
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    This has nothing to do with reinventing the wheel. The longdesc would be an extremely complicated way of doing this. How would you go about doing this in the WordPress editor in a simple way? As far as I understand, longdesc is just a link to a new html page with a full description of the picture.

    So first you need to insert the picture, add the right tags to it (my skin crawls just by thinking of using tags when I write - it totally interrupts my writing). Then I need to add a file with the description of the picture. And then I need a way for the template to embed this html file right under the picture (it has to be visible without any clicking) Would it not be a bit simpler to be able to click on a picture and have some separate fields in WordPress to fill out? Maybe you could make a backend theme that has this as a feature, but that mean it will not be available to all users. I really mean it when I say this should be a part of the core so all users get access to it.

    If you check how it is displayed on the relevant post on my blog, you would understand.

    What we need is first a line right under the picture with the copyright/cc and the name of the photographer.

    Then, in a separate block under that, we need to put the caption.

    These three things can not be put in the longdesc and then be separated by the template. We need separate functions for this. And I think the importance of this is so high that it should be in the core. Also, this should only be the first step. The next, and ultimate step would be to have WordPress read IPTC data and populate the correct fields if anything was available.

    Yes, it should be the duty of the template to style this information, but in order to be able to style it, we need to have it available. And the only way to ensure that it really exists across the whole range of templates is to get it into the core.

    I wish there was a way to post a picture here to show what I mean, but the only way I found was to write a blogpost about it and make a picture there to illustrate. Check it on http://www.wisnaes.com/ please.

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  4. Anonymous

    I agree with this blogger that picture credits should be a core function. It's a daily problem for us. We need to give credit to photographers! We do, but the way we've developed is cumbersome and requires careful navigation through the html.

    Why can't it be easier? This is a basic function in publishing.

    Please keep this topic on the front burner.

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  5. Jeff
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    Add my vote. Practically a must for 'news-y' sites. It'd be nice to have a 'credit' field in the media manager!

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  6. Gersprenz
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    Add my vote too. Great idea and a must have!

    Posted: 6 years ago #
  7. aquagrrl
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    Has anyone considered making a plugin to do this? I have been looking for the exact same functionality. The current caption/image/media system doesn't have enough meta data on each photo. I'd like to see:
    photographer name
    email
    website/link
    license
    (and of course, caption)
    and the ability to pull each of these separately if necessary.

    Posted: 5 years ago #
  8. Jeff Lambert
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    This is crazy. I can't find a plugin that provides this functionality, though, PhotoDropper does add the Creative Commons info to photos it drops in, so, I know it can be done. This is definitely something that should be core functionality and I'd MUCH rather have it than the new photo edit feature (which is cool) that came with 2.9.

    Posted: 5 years ago #
  9. johnnie walker
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    This is really great idea! in every point of it.

    I will much appreciate this functionality, because I'm working on "pro" sport magazine and we need to secure photographers rights by adding his credits.

    Only if there in media (WP core) will be new fields (like author) it will be much better, but automatic solution is totally amazing.

    Posted: 5 years ago #
  10. vicki.farmer
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    Adding my voice to the crowd. This would be very useful.

    Posted: 5 years ago #

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