Cataloging your images
Do you struggle with creating and managing keywords for your cataloging your images?
Not everyone needs to keyword their photos but if you do, then you need a system to do so. There are so ways to go about building a catalogue of keywords and here are my tips and methods.
- Manageable – You need to keep your keyword list manageable.
- If you create thousands of keywords you will struggle to apply and manage them. Unless you need to catalogue your images for scientific or specialist reasons keep your keyword list simple.
- When developing a keyword list, think about what you photograph and why. Also think about how you may want to search, find and your images. Abstracting away from detail is key to developing a good keyword list. For example, if you photograph cars, planes and people and places, your high level keyword list might look like this.
- People and Pets
- Abstraction continued
- This is a good starting place to cataloging your images. You can classify all of your images at a high level of abstraction, grouping them and making them easier to find.
- Level of detail
- The trick is not to over complicate your keywording. Let’s take a look at Transport, I could take Transport and break it down into
I could go even further and do something like
- Cars – Nissan, Renault, Mercedes etc…..
The problem with this is that my keywording and cataloging is starting to get very complicated and will be very time-consuming to manage. Unless you have a specific need then learn to group your photos at an abstract level rather than a detailed level.
If you need some inspiration to create a catalogue of keywords check out some stock photo sites.
Here is my list, use it as you like, I find this covers all my needs as a someone photographing a variety of subjects.
- Animals – anything to do with wildlife
- Buildings & Architecture – all buildings, interiors, exteriors
- Events – weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, concerts etc…
- Food & Drink – all foods and drinks
- Hobbies, Leisure – Sport – all activities
- Landscape – beaches, countryside, townscapes etc…
- People & Pets – anything to do with people and pets
- Places – countries, towns, cities, monuments etc…
- Plants & Flowers – woods, trees, plants, flowers, gardens etc…
I have put some explanations and definitions to my keyword list for cataloging my images. This stops me creating unnecessary keywords and defines what keywords I can associate my images with.
If you create a list similar to mine you will find it easy catalogue your images at an abstract level and you will quickly find your images.