4 Responses to Metadata Keywords for Photographers

  1. Nice article! I try not to stuff keywords everywhere.. I even keep my Flickr keywords under 20. I also find that it’s really annoying if you are searching for a dog and you get a picture of a tomato lol. I try to do my best with the keywords and still keep the internet less spammy 🙂

  2. David Riecks says:

    You seem to be making a conceptual leap in your article that many other photographers make. There is no distinction made as to where the information is being stored when you talk about “metadata.”

    If you are talking about preparing images that will appear on your website, then be aware that search engines are not reading the “Keywords” (capital K) that are stored in the IPTC metadata container within your images. They will look at the filename, and at the words surrounding the image in the HTML of the page (as well as the page title and other SEO factors known to those who are working on web page Search Engine Optimization).

    For more details, see myth number 4 at http://www.controlledvocabulary.com/blog/top-metadata-myths.html or read “Why Embedded Photo Metadata Won’t Help Your SEO (at least without some help)” at http://www.controlledvocabulary.com/blog/top-metadata-myths.html

    Hope that helps


  3. Ansley says:

    Thanks for the tips. The one of using a regular dash rather than a lower dash is new to me – learned something new that I’ll apply to my metadata. – Ansley

  4. djpadavona says:

    David, I am assuming that a photographer savvy enough to set up their own stock photo website will have the ability to import the hptc data into their Keyword metadata fields on the web page. But I probably should have made that more clear. Thanks for the clarification!

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