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Adding an image to Camerapedia is as simple as adding the URL for the image to the wiki text. However, you should be careful about two areas:

  1. The rights to use the image
  2. The hosting of the image

Copyright issues

If you are the copyright holder of the image, you can of course insert it into Camerapedia.

If you are not the copyright holder, you must assume that the image is copyright in such a way as not to allow insertion unless the image is accompanied by a clear statement saying the copyright holder either has released it into the public domain or has released it under the GFDL. You may also insert images released under a Creative Commons licence provided that you respect the full terms of the licence accompanying the image.

Without the explicit consent of the copyright holder, do not take images to illustrate Camerapedia from other sites, scanned magazines or even manufacturers' publicity. If you do have this explicit consent, state this clearly on the discussion page of the article in question or in the image's Flickr page if it is hosted there.

We will remove images for which ownership and/or copyright cannot be quickly verified. To be sure that an image of a camera, etc., is not copyrighted, simply take a photograph of it yourself.

The interpretation that is currently given in the Copyrights page is that the images are not part of Camerapedia's content and are agglomerated documents regarding the GFDL (see section 7 of the GFDL). This means that a published image keeps its original licensing status and that your insertion of it within a Camerapedia page does not constitute a claim that the image was previously released under GFDL, that the image is in the public domain, or that the image is thereby released under GFDL. Please note however that this interpretation might be debatable and that the careless or unscrupulous may ignorantly or wilfully claim that publication in Camerapedia proves GFDL or even public-domain status.

Hosting issues

All the images published in Camerapedia articles are currently hosted by other websites. There is no inbuilt image hosting facility in Camerapedia for the moment.

The images must be hosted by a person or organization explicitly consenting to having bandwidth used in this way, and you need to respect the relevant guidelines and restrictions.

One of these organizations is Flickr. This is free to join and post images to and actively encourages users to link to its images from elsewhere. We have set up a Flickr group for Camerapedia. To add a picture to this Flickr group implies willingness for the picture to be displayed in Camerapedia, whether the actual insertion in a Camerapedia page is made by you or by another contributor. We encourage you to take photos of your own camera gear and (with their permission) that of your friends, and to post the images to this Flickr group.

The Flickr guidelines page states that each picture hardlinked from another site (e.g. Camerapedia) must be provided with a link back to the relevant Flickr page. To respect this, you must insert a Flickr image in the following way:

[URL_of_the_Flickr_page_where_the_image_appears URL_of_the_Flickr_hosted_image]

This way a click on the image will directly take the reader to the corresponding Flickr page, and it will be easier to check that the use of this image in Camerapedia is allowed. The first URL mentioned is simply the address of the Flickr page where this image appears, while you can obtain the second URL in Flickr by clicking on "all sizes" and selecting the image size appropriate for Camerapedia.

Flickr Issues

www.flickr.com's group camerapedia is the main image source. For ease of image usage a template can help:

Copy the following and paste it at the correct place in the camera page to insert an image from Flickr:

{{Flickr_image
|image_source= 
|image= 
|image_align= 
|image_text= 
}}

meaning of the template-attributes:

  • image_source: full web-address of web-page where the image is presented at flickr
  • image: full web-address of imagefile (jpg or gif-Format)
  • image_align: right or left
  • image_text: brief explanation
Community content is available under GFDL unless otherwise noted.