Parts 1 and 2 of this extended post have discussed what to take on a travel vacation and then how to select and process images on your return. I’ll now turn to keywording and uploading the images.
I finished processing most of the images in mid October and eventually ended up with 389 images that I thought were worth keywording. I generally follow a simple rule about what is going to be “editorial” and hence only uploaded to my own site, Alamy, Corbis and Zoonar and the rest, which go to all sites. Because of tight restrictions on images with people needing a model release on some of those sites, anything with a person in it, however small, goes into the RM/Editorial bin unless I decide to clone out that person. Then, anything with modern property that is recognizable and likely to need a property release goes into RM/Editorial as well. With that rule in place, I ended up with 117 in RM/Editorial. I generally start at the beginning, and copy some standard keywords across the whole set – in this case Spain, Europe, Travel, Destination, Tourism and Stock Photo. I added that last one because my own stock site doesn’t automatically add those words and they probably help with an appropriate Google search. Then I go through each image and try to describe what it is, what it represent, where it is, any proper description of the location, whether there are people present (nobody or “people in background” being the most usual phrases). I try not to put anything too flowery in there – just the words that I would use to find this image. Writing a reasonably long description often helps throw up a few words as well – it is strange how the act of typing the description makes you hone down exactly what an image is about. So this one of the Parador hotel in Toledo would be keyworded as:
Parador de Toledo with swimming pool and dramatic overview of the city of Toledo, Spain, Europe
“balcony, building exterior, city, dramatic, editorial, europe, evening, hotel, lodging, overlook, overlooking, parador, Parador de Toledo, people in background, spain, stock photo, swimming pool, toledo, tourism, travel, view” Continue Reading