I’ve always thought I could only add copyright information to my pictures during post-processing. I’ve used Picasa & Lightroom for this purpose before. Now, thanks to the Canon EOS Digital Rebel T1i/500D Companion by Ben Long I can now use Canon EOS Utility software that came with my 500D to store a custom copyright message in my pictures. This is useful for me to prove ownership of my images, especially the ones I share via my flickr, jpgmag & twitter.
I plugged James (that’s what I call my 500D) into the laptop, using the USB cable, and powered on. The EOS utility window will launch. I suggest you go through these steps too:
- From that first screen, click Camera Settings/Remote Shooting, & you’ll see the window in picture #2.
- Click on the tool button (it’s about halfway down the window) – I’ve circled it in red.
- In the Set-up Menu section, click on the Copyright notice entry.
- Enter your information and click OK. I also configured the Owner’s Name field, since I was there.
- Mr Long advised that pressing the Menu button on the camera, navigating to the 3rd tool menu, choosing Clear Settings & pressing the Display button can confirm that we’ve set the copyright info correctly. I did that, and I saw my name displayed on the LCD screen.
After closing the application and unplugging James, I took a photo to check if the updated data would show in the info screen. I wasn’t disappointed.
So hey – I learned something new today. Put in this info one time, and this way works for me fine. If this can be beneficial to other 500D owners, that’s cool too.