My Formula for FAST Keywording

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Hi everyone,

I thought I would share with you a formula that I have come up with that may help some who are struggling with keywording. When I first started with Dreamstime I found keywording to be quite a chore and seemed to take forever. But I then realized what I was doing wrong. I had no order to my keywording of my photographs, I was just typing in words as they came into my head and often ended up typing in the same word three times by the time I had finished. Wow, what a waste of time and brain space! So over time I have developed my own formula for keywording which certainly works for me and has cut down my keywording time substantially. So, here is my formula. To make it easier to illustrate, I will use an example of a photograph of a MATURE MAN SITTING ALONE ON THE BEACH.

1. SIMPLE PLAIN FACT WORDS: First I look at my main subject and only use very simple plain fact words, no descriptive words here at all people, just the main points of the subject. Like -MAN, MALE, PERSON, TOURIST

2. DESCRIPTIVE WORDS: Then I describe the subject of my photograph,in this case the man sitting on the beach. Such as: SENIOR, MATURE, MIDDLE-AGED, CAUCASIAN, ITALIAN, OLD, OLDER, HANDSOME, ATTRACTIVE, HAPPY, STYLISH, MODERN, TALL, SHORT, AUSTRALIAN, FIT, HEALTHY, etc.

3. ACTION WORDS. These words describe what your subject is DOING in the photograph, such as: SITTING, RELAXING, ENJOYING, SMILING, LAUGHING, HAVING, FUN, LAZY, RESTING, DREAMING, WATCHING, HOLIDAYING, VACATION, ALONE, etc.

4. LOCATION WORDS: Where is your subject? These are the words that DESCRIBE the LOCATION or scene of the subject. In this case: SANDY, EMPTY, BEACH, SEASIDE, OCEAN, OUTDOORS, NATURE, SHORE, WAVES, SURF, SAND, SAND, SCENIC, LANDSCAPE, SEASCAPE, TROPICS, TROPICAL, ISLAND, SUMMER, DAY, OUTSIDE, PERFECT, CLEAR, BLUE, SKY, PUFFY, CLOUDS, AUSTRALIA, etc

5. MOOD & COLOR WORDS: Now look at your photo for your mood and colors in the WHOLE shot. Such as: PEACE, PEACEFUL, TRANQUIL, TRANQUILITY, SOLITUDE, DREAMY, LONELY, SAD, THOUGHTFUL, BEAUTIFUL, NATURAL, BEAUTY, LONELINESS, etc.

6. FINALLY, PRACTICAL USE AND COLOR WORDS. By this I mean if the photograph or illustatration could have an abstract , conceptual,business or background use. So use words such as: TRAVEL, ABSTRACT, COLOR, COLORS, BACKGROUND, RELIGION, TOURISM, BLUE, WHITE, GREEN, GREY, BRIGHT, LIGHT, MOOD, ACTIVITY, etc

When I use this formula, I find that I do my keywording in a fraction of the time it was taking me at the beginning and I don't get sidetracked or repeat words. It takes a bit of practise and discipline to maintain this formula and order but well worth it, in my humble opinion.

Now if someone doing a search and using a combination of words such as 'MAN SITTING ALONE ON BEACH' or 'SOLITUDE', or 'SAD MAN ALONE' or 'MATURE MAN ON HOLIDAY' or SENIOR MAN ON TROPICAL ISLAND' or 'DREAMY VACATION' I have all those words covered withouht having to strain my brain by thinking what people will search for to find my image. I have covered all areas by doing an order of 1.SIMPLE SUBJECT FACTS. 2.DESCRIPTIVE WORDS OF MAIN SUBJECT. 3.ACTIVE WORDS (What subject is doing). 4.LOCATION WORDS (where is the subject). 5.MOOD & COLOR WORDS. 6. PRACTICAL USE WORDS.

Well, I hope this blog helps someone out, as I know keywording was a real nightmare and a time consumer for me but now using this formula, I am finding it not only faster and easier but also more successful, as I seem to cover more words that really do apply to this image, instead of using words that don't even relate to the image in any way.

cheers

Suzie

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September 10, 2014

Robsonphoto2011

Tnx for sharing!

April 10, 2013

Cousy86

Very useful information,thanks a lot for graet post!)))))

March 31, 2013

Fredbro

Thanks for your great blogpost. I just love lists in point-form. It makes it clear and simple. I will print it and try to use your technique next time I submit images.

March 31, 2013

Bluwarrior

Thank you for sharing your formula (seems a good and complete one). Personally I find daunting key wording certain subjects(like some objects or abstract concepts). I tend to simplify it..

March 29, 2013

Physi28

very useful comments, thanks!
I also use another trick: when a whole bunch of photos have been shot in a certain place and there all let me say wildlife pics, I can make a group of keywords like for example: Spain, Spanish, Europe , European, nature, natural, wild, wildlife etc etc and just copy and paste them on every pic I am key wording.
This also saved me lot of time, hope it helps too.

March 26, 2013

Edjbartos

Thanks for taking the time to share with us, very useful indeed.

March 26, 2013

Edjbartos

Thanks for taking the time to share with us, very useful indeed.

March 25, 2013

Yelo34

Very useful blog! It gives me a different perspective to what I do. I think if I combine the two methods my keywording will improve. Thanks for sharing

March 24, 2013

Brettossman

Like the categories. I'm going to use these categroies in my Photoshop Elements keywords list. FYI, I use this list to add keywords in Photoshop, then Save Metadata to File. That way, my keywords are in my uploaded file. I still have my photos Keymastered in addition. For the price, it's worth it.

March 23, 2013

Hel080808

Thank you so much for sharing ýour ideas with us!

March 20, 2013

Wordplanet

Good keywording makes such a difference - good topic!
I sometimes study the keywords used when people license my photos to get a sense of which are most important and have realized that for most images it's really the obvious ones that sell them.
I used to put in all the keywords I could think of which were relevant, but have started using fewer and trying to keep it to 50 or less, and this seems to have actually improved my sales. Great idea to start from the broad to the narrow. Using LR helps to prevent duplicates too, but I think your way helps to make sure you cover all bases and include both nouns and verbs - concrete things and concepts. Those concept words are really important!
Great article. Thanks for sharing!

March 20, 2013

Pawelsierakowski

I sincerely recommend SHOT KEYWORD company. I'm with those who do not like keywording .. I prefer to give that work into the hands of professionals and not wasting my time ..

March 19, 2013

Gheburaseye

********y useful post! thank You!

March 18, 2013

Tedtompkins

For a foreigner the trouble doubles. That's a very good chart to follow. Yet I will keep buying the keywording from Dreamstime, looking for high selling photos and their tags, and get some extra hint from Google adwords. In such a way if I will not sell - and l do - it is only due to the poor quality of my works. ;-) ty

March 17, 2013

Eclecticelegance

Ooh, I like this list! Thanks for sharing! :-)

March 17, 2013

Onime

"good keywording make great sale"

March 16, 2013

Lenutaidi

Thank you for sharing,Suzie!I like your formula!:)

March 14, 2013

Fotocodst

Thank you, Suzie. Very useful.. :)

March 13, 2013

Infokus408

great tips! thanks for sharing.

March 13, 2013

Gambillt5

Thank you ! I am a newbie and this advice is very helpful to me.

March 13, 2013

Dawnmercer

Very helpful .... great idea ... thank you :)

March 13, 2013

FabioConcetta

Great!Thankyou for sharing!

March 12, 2013

smartview27

Thanks for sharing!

March 12, 2013

Juliecwagner

Thanks! I'll try it! :)

March 12, 2013

Leobruce

Very useful Suzie . . . thanks

March 12, 2013

Parkinsonsniper

Thanks, you created a step by step keywording technique. I sometimes use keywording tool of Arcurs'. It helps a lot too. Still, I always add my own words to make sure the coverage is at maximum.

March 12, 2013

Harshvardhan

Thank you so much! Its so simple and so effective and it is like gold mine underneath our feet but we could not realise it. Thanks for digging it for all of us...all are grateful for this! Wishing you good luck for future sales... keep rising and keep enlightening !

March 11, 2013

Laqhill

I'm saving this post, thank you very much. I'll do it your way makes sense to me.

March 11, 2013

Laurasinelle

Thanks for sharing!

March 11, 2013

Leakeem

great tips! Thank you for sharing!

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