What Photographers Need to Know about Keywords – Especially for Stock Image Shooters
Keywording and captioning is one of the more “tedious” tasks we photographers have to undertake. For those of us that sell our images, it's not only tedious but vital. In order for our images to rise to the top of the stock rankings, they must be accurately captioned and keyworded. One of the more difficult aspects of keywording is trying to remember what we have shot and where. When When you shoot many thousands of images per year it can be very hard to keep up with all the shoots. Pretty understandable. For certain locations, I might shoot a sign, for example outside a church, as an aide memoir. The problem is that not all locations have big clear signs to help us, and we don’t always remember to shoot the sign anyway.
How can we Identify Elements in our Images?
There is one very useful tool that we can apply to aid our keywording and captioning. Reverse Image Search. Reverse image search engines are primarily used to track down how and where your images have been used. However, as they have become increasingly sophisticated, they can actually help you identify details within an image. There are a number of powerful reverse image search engines out there, Bing, Yandex and Tineye are amongst the biggest. The best for our The best for our purposes, however, is Google. Not only does Google match images but it finds similar images and attempts to identify elements in the shot too.
What Can we Identify using Google Reverse Image Search?
Google is particularly good at finding locations – hardly surprising. Because so many people upload and tag images in locations all over the world, Google has amassed a huge amount of data to aid it in identifying those locations. In the example below, I have uploaded this image of a statue in Odessa, Ukraine. Not only does the reverse image search identify the city, but also the street and actual person depicted in the statue. It also provides a Wikipedia link for the person depicted.