I always find it interesting when different forms of art and media crossover, like a photograph of a painting:
Last night I was looking for songs about photography and came across Kodachrome by Paul Simon and it is an immediate favorite for the 'genre'. My favorite line has to be "everything looks worse in black and white" :) What are your favorite songs about or referencing the taking of photos?
I see a lot of people with different takes on keywording (me included!) and I can't help but wonder if it isn't a self-fulfilling prophecy. Consider two very different approaches to keywording, along with my take on what the results would be:
1. Relevancy is the goal:
You create images with short titles, accurate descriptions with the title in the keywords and a minimal set of highly relevant keywords.
My take: by doing this you forgo the chance to get the occasional download based on a match of 3 or 4 keywords (someone searching on 'red apple with copy space'), but you are highly like to get found if someone looks for 1 or 2 main words ('paper').
2. Keyword matches are the goal:
You pay little attention to titles and description and make sure that you get all possible...
Way to go Brad, congrats.
There you go again, another sales with only "descrriptive" keywords.
I did the same double take of my download list, and nowhere have I seen any solid evidence that conceptual keywords dominate the buyers' search.
Instead, I see more literal keywords , bicycle, boy, family, panel, etc.. You know what I mean.
Indeed - it is hard to know if the quality gets the sales, or the concise keywords! In the end I have to think keywords trump quality - if no one finds your images quality takes a lot longer to be discovered. Both are a kock out punch :)
Update: I have sold my baseball with a three keyword search - 'well used baseball'. That highlights something I struggle with: 'well' on its own is not a good keyword for a shot of a baseball, yet totally relevant in this context, and used by a buyer to find it.
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