Obviously keywords are fundamental for sale an image. Some time newbies (like me at the beginning) don’t take enough care on keywords selection. I think it is normal because easily a newbie doesn’t know exactly how stock works.
I’m in DT from October 2008, and I have learnt a lot (not enough quickly as I wanted) how important are keywords.
Just surfing on the pictures on line I have discovered some tips could help the rest of the member (especially new members). Here you are:
1.Try to describe all details on each picture. Don’t think that an small detail isn’t important: it could be important for a potential buyers.
Keywording is a crucial point in a post-processing process for images, particularly for images intended for the stock market, and I think that beautiful pictures will have more success if they are supported by a proper keywording. This is why I spend some time to choose keywords and evaluate their potential implications. Doing this, I consider three different levels of keywording: 1) LITERARY Level: it is the starting point, the keywords used hereby are useful to describe what is the content of an image (people, animals, objects, actions, events...). I base my selection on a hierarchical scheme of a tassonomic criteria, without exceeding in the excessive implications of a thesaurus. 2) CONCEPTUAL Level: this is a more subjective step, as it deals with the selection of ideas and adjectives related to the content of the picture. 3) STYLISTIC Level: it is quite a formal level, as it gives technical information concerning the scene (landscapes, portraits, posing, close-up...), the shot (vertical, horizontal, diagonal) and other stuff such as the type of photo (color, B&W, IR...), the author and so on. Applying such criteria I am reasonably sure to produce an interesting keywording, avoiding common mistakes. Have fun guys! Fulvio.
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