..really..getting folk and buyers to pop in and have a look at your amazing images....hang on a minute..how do they find them???? Well I'm going to raise the horny handed subject of keywording and do forgive me, if you are my one regular reader this will have been drawn to your attention by me already.....
How do you use Google (other search engines are available...just google to find them) well you don't shout at it ...yes..it'll come...you dont wave an image in front of your webcam...it'll be with us as well... you use good old fashioned typing like what I do with my 2 nimble digits.... so I'm going to paste in this next bit....
family of wild elephants
PHOTOGRAPHER A KEYWORDS
elephants; herd; family; wild; Africa; national; park
herd of wild elephants
PHOTOGRAPHER B KEYWORDS
elephants; herd; wild; national; park; Africa
KEYWORD COMPANY A
4; Africa; African; animal; animals; child; children; color image; color images; colour image; colour images; dad; dads; day; day time; day-time; daylight; daytime; dirt road; dirt roads; families; family; father; father and child; father and children; fatherhood; fathers; four; grassland; grasslands; herd; herds; horizontal; horizontals; mom; moms; mother; mother and child; mother and children; motherhood; mothers; mum; mums; national park; national parks; natural light; nature; nature preserve; nature preserves; nature reserve; nature reserves; no people; nobody; outdoor; outdoors; outside; outsides; parent; parenthood; parents; parents and children; park; parkland; parklands; parks; prairie; prairies; road; roads; savanna; savannah; savannahs; savannas; travel; unmade road; unmade roads; walk; walking; wild; wild animal; wild animals; wildlife; wildlife preserve; wildlife preserves; wildlife reserve; wildlife reserves; without people
KEYWORD COMPANY B
No People, Horizontal, Outdoors, Day, Elevated View, Four Animals, Animals In The Wild, Animal Themes, Nature, Wildlife, Safari Animals, Growth, Non Urban Scene, Landscape, Tree, Field, Idyllic, Tranquility, Tranquil Scene, Scenics, Beauty In Nature, Herd, Savannah, Elephant, Wilderness, Plant, Africa, Zoology, Grass, National Park
Now you may be photographer A or B but see how the pro companies do it....all bases covered... so here are some of my 'Handy Hints for Keywording' pin em back let's get stuck in
No people...people seems obvious
For black and whites...no color and no colour...
Landscape or Portrait...not the content..the format
are you getting the idea..... now if it was a location...
Don't just put down Blackpool... use ....popular seaside resort, promenade on the lancashire coast, amusement arcades, people enjoying themselves, sunny day on the coast, crumbling Victorian resort... okay you can also see that a short phrase will help as well but keep them short...just remember how you use a search engine, it applies to social photography sites as well
So aim for about 20 keyword/phrases minimum
Use more but keep the hot ones at the beginning
State the bleedin' obvious
do american spellings as well as proper english
think how you use a search engine
set up templates in Lightroom or Bridge
So this is how this image would be keyworded
Blackpool, Victorian Pier, with color, with colour, on the promenade, stretching out to sea, daylight long exposure, nd filters, neutral density filters, extended exposure time, calm sea, moving clouds, movement in a still image, the fylde coast, at the waters edge, horizon, cloud movement, using ND filters, summer, sunlight, vicotrin boardwalk, amusement arcades,....I could go on but I think that's enough.
So don't just think 'If I build it he will come' give the search engines a good old rib tickling nudge and get them to find your image...
What's all this then????
An unyeilding torrent of Photo babbel full of unconfirmed facts and manufactured photo drivel.. take from it what you like, it won't change the world but may leave you feeling nauseous...