Using DT's search tools
After reading Starblue's recent article on tying to be a buyer and actually trying to find images I thought that some general search tips would be helpful. Dreamstime presents quite a few useful tools to help narrow down a search.
Since adding keywords to refine a search implies that the images you are looking for are well keyworded, you may have better results excluding the kinds of images you don't want to appear. As an example if you search on 'Tiger' (to borrow CreativeI's example) you will get shots of tiger lilies, and tiger butterflys. One could add 'mammal' as a keyword which would hopefully get rid of butterflies and flowers, but you are counting on everyone with a tiger shot to have used the keyword 'mammal'. A better approach is to click on the 'more dreamfinder options' 'advanced tab' and add butterfly and flower to the 'exclude keywords' box.
3. Sort by options. Another way to view the results of a search are by using the 'sort by' drop down. There are a few options here, and my take on why to use them:
Relevancy - I go for descending. Not sure why you would want the LEAST relevant results! This combines a number of factors, and tries to favor new submissions, but you still get older ones, etc. One complaint about relevancy results is that a single person's collection of shots from one shoot can overwhelm the results. You can get rid of a contributor using the 'exclude contributor' option. Since you have to actually open the image to see who the contributor was, I open in a new window to avoid losing my search.
4. Other options. Right in the main area are a few other options. By default you get photos and illustrations, but you can quickly refine to one or the other. I find I usually want one or the other if I have something in mind. Note that this is based on the shot having or not having the 'illustration' category set, not on whether it is actually an illustration or photo. You can also check the new 'exclusive' checkbox to see stuff only on DT (nice!). Finally you can get rid of editorial shots, if you want to lose Tiger Woods in my example above.
Hope this helps, or at least gets you interested in the many options at our fingertips!
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