Common mistakes when keywording
Most common mistake – abuse the auto-populate function. Well, here I've seen some very paradoxical cases. We all love copy paste....and Dreamstime makes it even easier......no more than one small click and there you go, problem solved, keywords added, title added, description added. You can enjoy your coffee, do the laundry, go shopping, play with your dog while your 50 image series gets keyworded by itself. Sounds better than any advertisement for washing machines: turn, pour detergent, hit start and........go mind your own business. If only things were that easy....I have to sort my clothes otherwise they will all end up pink or green or grey or yeyyy, spotted – not that this has never happened.
Listen to my advice if you do not want your images to end up pink or spotted when they should have been white and plain. Edit images, remove irrelevant words – maybe the model smiles whereas in the previous image she cried, or maybe she is backwards to the camera whereas before she was staring straight into it. In other words, ab-use autopopulate with care....otherwise you won't be able to wear your t-shirt out in public :P. It will look hilariously spotted. Ellen talks about this in her articles as well!!!! Not about doing the laundry but about using the autopopulate with care. Read it please and you will look smashingly trendy and most importantly, clean :). Or at least your images.
I refrain from providing a clear example. I fear those in question will not have as much fun as I have when finding that out.
Why should you stop doing this? Well, not to sound depressing but if Dreamstime editors find you, they are nice enough to give you one warning...After that, they suspend your account and bye bye sales up until you revise your portfolio image for image. Does this sound like torture? While you get lucky to get away with some irrelevant keywords – I know tens who do – those caught seriously spamming and cheating are “kindly” asked to review every tiny bitzy detail. Our patience never runs out...ha ha (evil laughter).
When I wanted to learn about keywording I spent hours and hours looking at all sort of images. I do not expect you to do that although it is an interesting exercise and it gives you a unique, advanced insight into the matter. I found out that there are people who have a very good way with words and who obviously use advanced dictionaries and have a lot of keywords, most of them relevant and objective, to which of course they added subjective ones. I was envious I admit – especially on some I know to find tons of relevant keywords.
I suppose the vast majority of my knowledge in this came with looking at other users' images and keywording. I have come up with one fundamental conclusion. Two similar images will most likely never be 100 % that similar for you to keep the same set of keywords.
So, even if you choose to let yourselves inspired by someone wiser and more knowledgeable, remember that there is a huge difference between getting inspired and copying. The first is understandable the second is unforgivable. Dreamstime leaves keywords visible and available, meaning that we expect people to get inspired. This is the point sometimes. Contributors come from various corners of the world. Some may master English language, others may know it pretty well while there's a handful of others who barely know it. Community based is exactly what is says. Consider that keywords are visible to help each other and not only to add transparency. Therefore, if someone has its keywords visible, copying them word for word would only mean abusing their trust and confidence that we all share and help not steal and cheat.
Few photographers mind about the topic but imagine that we have lots of buyers complaining about this! Not to mention that we may occasionally come across your portfolio and ....you know what may happen :P :). And this is not a threat, nor does it sound like one ;). And remember, we're watching :).