The last few years have seen a real intrusion on my love for taking pictures; Keywording. It’s a hate thing, really. I call it the bane of my (professional) existence. But it is the necessary evil in the stock photo industry. I have a hard time feeling like anyone else can keyword my images better than me. For example, would someone else know when to apply the term “exfoliation” to as scenic picture taken in Yosemite?
It is practically guaranteed that every time I sit down to keyword, I wind up asking myself, “Can I find or afford someone else to do this for me?” So far, I haven’t made the plunge, but the good folks over at About The Image have made a nice list of vendors that actually provide keywording services. I’m sure it will come in hand when I just can’t to do the job myself anymore.
And as a final note, keywording is one of the toughest aspects of this job. It takes a huge amount of mental energy and focus. I like to say that after a day of keywording, I feel like someone stuck a straw in my skull and sucked out all my grey matter. But if the images aren’t keyworded correctly, the simple truth is that buyers won’t find your images.
It has to be done, and it has to be done right the first time. Sometimes though, I wish I had a job taste testing cauliflower.
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