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Keywording format and technique

Keywording format

We only accept keywords in English. We translate from English to a number of different languages. If you don’t have a good level of English, please leave the keywording to us. You could also use the web translator that we supply in the keywording area of our photographer’s area. This tool translates to English from Spanish, French and German. However, you should use it more as a vocabulary and spelling checker tool than as a direct translator. Literal, direct translations by online translators can produce surprising and rather flawed results, so this tool should be used carefully. Your “creative” keywording won’t help your images sell because probably the photos won’t show up when searched for, but might show up when a client is searching for something else.

Keyword should be separated with commas or semi-colons. For example,

CORRECT:
World locations, USA, New York City, Manhattan, Wall Street
World locations; USA; New York City; Manhattan; Wall Street


INCORRECT:
World locations USA New York City Manhattan Wall Street
World, locations, USA, New, York, City, Manhattan, Wall, Street

Please use a correct punctuation and capitalization in your descriptions and keywords. Don’t send the information in all uppercase letters.

CORRECT:
Statue of Liberty. New York. USA
Statue of Liberty, New York, USA


INCORRECT:
STATUE OF LIBERTY, NEW YORK, USA
statue of liberty, new york, usa

Describing Photographic technique in the keywords

You should consider including in the keywords when you have used a specific or recognizable photographic technique. Sometimes art buyers have a very specific idea in mind when searching for an image, so these words can help them to find the kind of photograph they are looking for.

  • You should describe if the image is in color / black and white
  • You can also describe any special use of light (ex. backlit, silhouette), use of lens (ex. close up, wide angle, fisheye, soft focus), and other relevant information (ex. blurred motion, digitally generated, action, detail).
  • You can describe setting info (ex. studio, outdoors, underwater, microscopy) as well as viewpoint (ex. aerial, profile, directly below, rear view).
  • You should also describe the color by including the predominant color(s) or other info such as white background, pastel, sepia, etc.
  • Lastly, you could describe the type of image by including words such as portrait, still life, copy space, etc.

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