Keywords that Work (Part III)


posted on 4th of april, 2007
Keywording is both a science and an art. No matter what you call it, it can be the best cure for insomnia available outside of a bottle of sleeping pills. But without relevant keywords, images will be lost in remote territories and never be found. Here's a checklist that might help you stay on track and not miss good keywords. Try for 25 words (10 is the minimum) but stay away from extraneous words just to make a quota. It is highly unlikely that more than forty keywords will be useful in finding an image without introducing confusion in search results. Let's pick up from where we were in part II... 1. Look at the words you have already... [ Read more... ]
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Posted by Dandamanwasch on July 09, 2012
Is there any way to still read the article, the link doesn't work anymore (i guess since the last post was in 2007)

Does anyone else maybe know some articles about keywording? I find it to be one of the most time consuming things in Micro :/ and would love to learn more about it !!

Thanks in advance
Posted by Isonphoto on July 08, 2012
Thanks for the post. Helped me make sense of Dreamstime keywording requirements.
Posted by Knightshade on November 13, 2008
I read something here that I don't understand. Why wouldn't you use plurals to keyword an image with one of something in it? If I were needing a picture with a woman in it, I would want to look at many pictures to choose from. Why wouldn't I use the keyword women to bring up pictures that had one woman. If you think like the searcher does I would have to think it is possible that someone might do that. Wouldn't you want to be covered for all searchers or is there some kind of magic that tells us no one will ever search that way?



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Shots That Take Off. Shooting Air Travel


posted on 6th of april, 2007
In the next two months I'll be traveling across the US more than once, going to Alaska and to several destinations in Europe. Travel destination images are plentiful but what about images of travel itself? If you have money to burn and can show that you are a professional with liability insurance, you are free to make arrangements to bring models and crew into the Seattle airport, for example. Also bring $500 for a location fee. If that isn't in your budget and your local airport doesn't cooperate, here are some tips to get better "grab" shots as you move around the world by air. If you are a stay at home shooter, many shots can be accomplished without being in an actual airport.... [ Read more... ]
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Posted by Thefinalmiracle on August 18, 2007
Sorry though there is an option to put an image it didn't work. The link to the image is - http://www.dreamstime.com/sunset-takeoff-image2705447
Posted by Thefinalmiracle on August 18, 2007
For some reason I had thought that this image of mine will be used in this article... but it was not! Tough Luck :( Anywayz the article is good but Ellen I would like to know what you think about this picture because a comment from an experienced person like would be really important for me.    Sunset Takeoff   
Posted by Saorsa on August 17, 2007
Air travel is OK but I hate it when you have to transfer flights.

   Image not available or id is incorrect.   




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Global Warming


posted on 11th of april, 2007
April 22 is Earth Day. The tipping point has been reached. Politicians and corporations have joined the rest of us in sharing concern for what human activity is doing to the earth. As a consequence there is an increasing demand for images that illustrate these major issues. Everyone from the UN Committee on Climate Change to an academy award winning former US Vice President have played a part in shifting public opinion to the side of the environmentalists. Droughts in parts of the world and the devastation of Hurricane Katrina have also heightened public awareness. Research reports released in the past month... [ Read more... ]
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Posted by Ellenboughn on August 29, 2007
Just in from James Balog if you missed it on the message posted to "Mystery in the Trees" A great example of using photography in the quest to save the planet.
Posted by Ellenboughn on August 29, 2007
Just in from James Balog if you missed it on the message posted to "Mystery in the Trees"
Posted by Anchesdd on April 12, 2007
Dear friends and colleagues,
I’m very sensitive to environmental problems, that is why in my portfolio there are already many pictures about climate change, drought and similar. Hoping that you also are worried about our future, and our children’s future as well, I suggest you to do something special for this issue. Maybe Dreamstime as organization and singular photographers, like me and you, can do something offering free pictures to make a presentation that can be linked in home page of DT. As a gift to anybody's consciousness.

This is my suggestion, what do you think? Who wants to collaborate?

In my imagination this presentation could be posted on Youtube and increase DT traffic and business

Someting like this: A Global Warning...



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Sexy!


posted on 13th of april, 2007
Youth and sex have forever been used to promote and sell products and services. And sexy pixs are especially important to the calendar sector that isn't dominated by kittens (the more feline type) and gardens. I'm not an expert on what is sexy; that is gender specific and tied to sexual orientation, age, culture and personality. But I can give you some tips on how to make pictures that will have sex appeal AND still useful for some mainstream buyers. This article is illustrated exclusively with images that can be downloaded with the Dreamstime content filter on. To be certain that the filter does not block your images, don't submit photos that are overly sexual in nature. Nudes will escape censoring... [ Read more... ]
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Posted by Lensara on April 25, 2007
Ive actually just taken loads of self portrait pics in this genre to give it a try and thanks for all the info it was really good fun
Posted by Ladykassie on April 16, 2007
(((((((((((((HUGS))))))))))))))))
thanks Denise..
Posted by Denisebeverly on April 16, 2007
i'm sorry my mom and dad had gone through this soooo many times. remember "it" comes from the inside......



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Your Turn


posted on 17th of april, 2007
I've been churning out blogs at a furious pace. Now it's your turn. Here are a few of my favorite images from the Dreamstime collection. I'll tell you why I responded to them and then I hope you'll suggest subjects you would like to see in future blogs. Post suggestions to the forum. Remember my expertise is in what to shoot and why and not in techniques. A few of the images have been posted to the blog already. If one of your images isn't included here, don't feel overlooked. I've only seen a fraction of the over 1,100,000 images in the Dreamstime collection in my short time here. I wasn't looking for subway pictures when I saw these images but both found their way into... [ Read more... ]
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Posted by Ellenboughn on April 27, 2007
hi ellen,
your thoughts and reflections on travel photography will be much appreciated. when i am on the road (almost exclusively in countries other than my homeland) i am photographing images that i believe will appeal to buyers for use in travel brochures, mags, promos, etc. and i try and look for images that will make viewers think "i want to visit that country. it is so beautiful." anything indigenous to a certain part of the world is in my viewfinder such as: food, historic buildings, local architecture, dress and scenics.
You don't need me! You already know what to shoot! All your points are spot on. Ellen
Posted by Rjlerich on April 27, 2007
hi ellen,
your thoughts and reflections on travel photography will be much appreciated. when i am on the road (almost exclusively in countries other than my homeland) i am photographing images that i believe will appeal to buyers for use in travel brochures, mags, promos, etc. and i try and look for images that will make viewers think "i want to visit that country. it is so beautiful." anything indigenous to a certain part of the world is in my viewfinder such as: food, historic buildings, local architecture, dress and scenics.
Posted by Maigi on April 25, 2007
... oh, and one very theoretical topic: what makes a good stock photographer / illustrator. Qualities? Equipment? Anything else?



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The BIG Day


posted on 20th of april, 2007
June is just around the corner and all over the world, brides are lining up for their big day, panic setting in. Some Dreamstime photographers are accomplished wedding shooters. Sooner or later, though, most of you will be asked to take photos for someone's event. Here are some tips for wedding and event photography. I've also added suggestions to ensure that some of your wedding photos will be useful as stock photography. Up until over a decade ago, wedding photos were mostly limited to formal portraits with a few candid shots of the wedding and reception tossed in. Today's wedding may not always be a formal one and trends in wedding photography have evolved... [ Read more... ]
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Posted by Les3photo8 on July 18, 2007
They've made a promise to me to rectify the situations (3 of them) The first one has been removed and I have a promise of August 1 for the other 2.

Thanks!
Les

PS. I emailed you from your personal site but I'm not quite sure that it went through. I also emailed Ioana.
Posted by Ellenboughn on July 18, 2007
Hello to all. First off I am a totally liberal guy but I think these 2 photo-montages (using my images) cross the line as to being acceptable stock usage. It's one thing to be on the cover where homosexuality is alluded to, It's totally another when the models are cut and pasted to be in the physical act of a same sex relationship
Is this acceptable Usage???
  

  
I agree with you and we will contact the user on your behalf but first we need you to contact support via email and supply us with some more information. We need to know the exact image numbers. Also do you have the books in hand so you know all the contact information and if they bought the images from us?
Posted by Demonike on July 17, 2007
This link is copied from another thread, but since I had to look for it for some time today, I decided it fits attached to this blog ideally...

Creative wedding photography >



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A Simple Life


posted on 24th of april, 2007
A growing awareness of environmental issues has created a parallel change in personal values for many people. Instead of the conspicuous consumption of years past and the over indulgent styles of the 90's, more and more seek a quieter lifestyle. Instead of leaving a big footprint on the earth and its resources, young and old are seeking simplicity, privacy and inner peace. These trends are reflected in images used in today's advertising and media of all kinds. The sound of water in nature has a wonderful calming effect. Whenever you have a chance to include the sea, a lake, river or waterfall in your images, you should. Natural settings... [ Read more... ]
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Posted by Denisebeverly on April 25, 2007
ellen i really appreciate this subject as well. we all lead stressful lives and this will help us remember the beauty in simple things
Posted by Lensara on April 25, 2007
you should be a cousellor just listening to your calm words have made me feel all calm and tranquil
Posted by Paulgeor on April 25, 2007
Thank you Ellen for opening our eyes and minds. Now it's time to open our cameras ;)



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Moving Pictures


posted on 27th of april, 2007
An industry that involves big trucks, banks and emotional trauma needs images to illustrate its goods and services. Americans change locations on average every five years. Standard business leases are often for five years or less. I am about to cart everything I own, two cats and 2,000 books from one side of the US to the other. Moving is on my mind. Images that symbolize starting a new life in a new home are used to illustrate concepts like "future", "security" and "caring." A business move can mean growth, progress and opportunity. The next time someone asks you to help him or her move, bring your camera. Those photos could be good ones. ... [ Read more... ]
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Posted by Mailthepic on April 27, 2007
I'm moving to a new working place on this 1th may, guess i will be holding my camera and left the heavy things for my colleague ha ha... thanks for the new idea.
Posted by Denisebeverly on April 27, 2007
my cousin just made the opposite move you will be making. she moved from california to tennessee. things were so crazy and i didn't even have my camera. what a shame, i could have filled up the library with images. great ideas though. i had not thought about it but my house "looks" like i am moving all the time so i may take advantage of that!!



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