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Focus on keywords

posted by rsylvan, Mar 7, 2010 6:18 AM — 18 comments

After talking with the inspection team it seems the most common reason for rejecting an image is simply the lack of relevant keywords.

A minimum of 5 relevant English keywords are required for all submissions.

Although the search function here is very different from the one at iStockphoto, there is an article on iStock that has some excellent keywording advice that can be generalized to be used here at SXC. Specifically, the section on picking keywords.

SXC's own Help File on uploading provides the specific requirements you need to consider, which includes, but is not limited to:

SXC requires you to provide at least 5 but no more than 20 keywords that accurately represent your image. Keywords can consist of either one word (eg. London) or multiple words (eg. Tower Bridge). Keywords have to be separated by commas (eg. London,Tower Bridge).

Please help the people who want to find your photos by adding the right keywords when you upload.

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1. posted by NY-Lawyer, Apr 24, 2010 3:00 PM

Is it compulsory to add keywords in images ?

2. posted by boogy_man, Mar 23, 2012 1:01 AM

Hello everybody,
I did some digging and found this nice site thatís designed to help you with keywords. Please keep in mind that you have to inspire yourself from it, not to copy every keyword it gives you as some are not relevant to your picture. Honestly this has been a very good way for me to evolve my keyword encyclopedia.

3. posted by cool7331, Apr 11, 2010 5:54 PM

BTW, how can you correctly determine, whether or not the keryword is
representing the image? Who made the photo? You? Or the uploader? So who probably knows better, what's accurate? You or the uploader?

4. posted by cool7331, Apr 11, 2010 5:53 PM

It would be still great to know, what you specifically dislike on the keywords choosen by the uploader. The standard comment which renders in the readers' eye to something like "man, your keywords are crap, try again" is neither helpful nor motivating. It's like failing the same test again and again just because nobody tells you what you made wrong last time. Kinda frustrating that ...

5. posted by rsylvan, Apr 25, 2010 7:06 PM

Jeffrey023, I'm not sure what you mean. Can you clarify?

NY-Lawyer, Contributors are required to include a minimum of 5 relevant English keywords for each submission.

6. posted by rsylvan, Apr 11, 2010 9:39 PM

Perhaps you could post links to the some of the images in question over in the Policy Question forum?

7. posted by Jeffrey023, Apr 16, 2010 11:11 AM

Is there a way to incorporate tags into the images based on keywords?

8. posted by fellyee, Jul 24, 2010 12:47 PM

I would agree, indeed your keywords are infact vital.

9. posted by iggyiggy2, Dec 8, 2010 11:14 PM

Keywords need to be intutive to the image. It isn't rocket sience. What I dislike is when I search for an image and find photos that in no conceptual way relate to the word. Is there a way to remove or flag a keyword for a given photo?

10. posted by klinab, Aug 11, 2011 3:59 PM

very sound advice, worth taking note.

11. posted by rondeaud, May 22, 2011 5:32 PM

[quote]What I dislike is when I search for an image and find photos that in no conceptual way relate to the word. Is there a way to remove or flag a keyword for a given photo?


12. posted by boogy_man, May 31, 2011 11:16 AM

I found that the best way for proper keywords when uploading a picture (that is when you lack imagination) is to search for a similar picture using a main keyword (you really can't miss that -e.g. cloud,face,tree), then collecting the most relevant to your composition from the pictures you have seen.
It works for me...

13. posted by Dareczek1, Nov 9, 2012 2:53 AM

I have some photos of my tandem jumps and try to put some here

14. posted by disenoweb9, Feb 22, 2013 7:54 AM

AWESOME. thank you for taking your time to teach us! I really learned a lot. WOW.

15. posted by careersB, May 27, 2013 3:40 AM

nice tutorial


16. posted by piabpn953, Jun 21, 2013 2:23 AM

very sound advice, worth taking note.

17. posted by korinci, Aug 23, 2013 11:55 PM


18. posted by inizjall, Nov 6, 2013 3:20 AM

yep i agree with keyword logic

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