Instagram has established itself as a photo sharing platform. Millions of people upload a wide range of photos daily. We live in a woke world, and stealing someone’s work on Instagram can’t save you from catching the eye of the beholder. Therefore, it has always been ethically incorrect not to give credit for someone’s creation.

Quick answer: You can credit a photo on Instagram in three different ways. You can either add the artist or creator username to the photo. Other than that, you can tag them and write their names with hashtags. You can also mention the user’s name in the caption in case they are not on Instagram.

Instagram has also added the right to “photo credit” in its community guidelines. Therefore, not giving the credits can lead you into troubled waters and may even get you banned. It is therefore preferable to grant the credit to whom it may concern. You may have forgotten to mention credits or not and you may have stolen someone’s work.

But now you know how to credit a photo on Instagram. Here is a detailed guide that you can follow. And There you go.

What is a photo credit and how do I give it?

It’s a basic way to give someone credit when they do something using their intellectual property. When photographers take pictures, they own the copyright to their work. It’s “recognition of their work” to give them credit if you use their photos.

To grant photographic credits is not only to recognize the creativity of the artists, but also to appreciate their services, because the photos could not have been produced as they were without their help.

Many people steal the work of others. To this effect, Instagram has highlighted “copyright infringement” in its support section. From now on, artists can honorably claim their work.

Info: You can also credit other artists and not just photographers when using the photo. If you’re a public figure, you can credit other service providers, such as makeup artists and costumers.

We have created a list of three methods to help you credit photos on Instagram. Follow all the steps, and you will surely be able to settle down.

Method 1: mention the artists

The mention is the best and most used method to give credits on Instagram. You can be a model who uploads your photographer’s work or a worshiper. However, giving credits is a necessity in real life and on Instagram so as not to find yourself restrained.

Here are two ways to credit photos by mentioning them on Instagram.

  1. Mention the artist’s Instagram ID in the caption (Photo credits: @username).
  2. Tag the artist in the post – You will have the option to tag people while uploading (use it).

Sometimes the user may have disabled his mentions on his account. In this case, you can still mention the creators of the photo in the caption, but tagging can be a problem. Therefore, user mention should be your first choice. It also allows artists to be exposed and their abilities to be showcased.

Disclaimer: You must seek permission from the photographer or owner to publish their work. Sometimes artists are strict. They may not want to share their intellectual property.

Thus, the safest choice is to ask the consent of the artist.

Method 2: add the name of the artist in the “hashtags”

This method can help you give the photo credit on Instagram if the artist is not on Instagram. Many famous photographers still struggle with social media. So they may not have created an Instagram profile.

For that, here’s how you can tag them without their username.

  1. Use the artist’s name in the caption with hashtags (name_of_photographer).
  2. Add some other photography-related tags (This ensures you’re not raiding someone’s work).

You may think that hashtags are notorious for being spammy on Instagram. However, Instagram’s new hashtag search feature allows Instagrammers to click on the photographer’s hashtag and open a gallery of their creation. Thus, people recognize the work of the real creator even in his absence on Instagram.

Method 3: Adding Links to Artist Works

This method is suitable for giving photo credit on Instagram if you took the photo from other socials. You can also use this method when the photo was initiated from the photographer’s various social media profiles (Tumblr, Facebook).

You can give credits through these two steps if you want to link to the artist’s work.

  1. Copy the link to the photo uploaded to other platforms.
  2. Mention the artist in the caption (@username).
  3. Add the link in the comments section (Source: Link).

In this way, the artist will be informed that you have credited his photo at the same time as his work. All of these methods can help you give credit on Instagram the right way.

Warning: Warning: if you happen to have used someone’s photo. Likewise, if you haven’t credited the rightful owner, then you better do so because you might face a copyright strike. If Instagram finds the violation itself or if the artists themselves report your post.

In such circumstances, your message may disappear. Besides, you may also lose some Instagram features.


Do I have to indicate the credit on Instagram?

Yes, it is necessary to give photos or any other credit on Instagram. It’s clearly stated in Instagram’s T&Cs, or you can click here to read them.

How to write a caption for credits on Instagram?

It’s an easy call. Just write “Photographed by: @username” or “Photo by @username”. You can also add the camera emoji before the username. You can also type Photographer and add their username. If you wish, you can also hyperlink to their work.


You may have invaded the work of a person in whom he put his whole heart. But now you can credit photographers and other artists for their work on Instagram. This can allow your followers to identify the true owner. This gives exposure to them and their portfolio.

Come on, give them the credits you forgot to give. The ball is in your camp. You can always make up for these artists by mentioning, tagging or linking their work on your profile.