Automated translation service

Some days ago I used German keywords to find some interesting images. As I read the image descriptions I found that they made absolutely no sense (my native language is German), on the other hand the English descriptions of the same pictures were fine. Now I wonder if this is likewise in the other languages provided by DT and if the automated translation service is such a good way to get really good translations? What do you think of my idea, that everybody was allowed to keyword in his or her native language (instead of the automated translation service) additional to the obligatory English keywords?

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Photo credits: Cristalloid.

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January 18, 2010


I agree with Mani

January 18, 2010


You will never find a perfect translation for all the languages! If the search engine starts allowing foreign languages search most of the photographers who don't speak that language will have less chances to show up!
If someone uses an expression in Chinese & your keywords in English & German didn't match of course, your photos will hardly sell. Hope I made my self clear! Cheers :)

January 18, 2010


I confirm that I tried searching my pictures in French and was not successful, although the words I used were quite simple - really easy for a program to translate. Definitely something to chew on, as having a good translation system would mean a lot more additional sales for DT and the contributors.

January 18, 2010


That is an interesting observation, I will try to search my pictures in other languages. It's a problem for sales in non English speaking countries if the translation program is not good. I think that some other agencies work around this problem by signing alliances with smaller local agencies. I don't know what kind of alliances DT has, though.
Including keywords in your own language would not generate a great additional number of sales I think, as it is not a systematic approach to the problem.

January 18, 2010


this means a lot of time...and time is money for everybody: clients, photographers, agencies

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