I’m in the process of uploading pictures from 2010. I never realized how important it is to come up with categories, titles and keywords. However, I am finding it somewhat difficult to categorize, title and keyword some photos.
I am finding that photos fit into more than one category. For example, a close up of an aspen leaf with fall color doesn’t really fall into landscape [for say], but it wouldn’t make sense to start breaking a gallery of photos into bits and pieces to make each photo fit into a category. So, the photo of the aspen leaf ends up in a landscape gallery because the majority of the photos are landscapes. Another example is a photo of an animal within a landscape scene. I would have a hard time putting that photo into the category “Flora and Fauna” unless the animal is the main subject of the photo. Therefore, a wildlife shot may end up in a landscape gallery – if you’re following my drift!
Sometimes I like to let the photo speak for itself, and this means leaving it without a title. However, the importance of placing a caption along with the photo is an important part of making the photo more easily found. Luckily, I can leave a photo without a caption and add keywords. I found out the importance of titles and keywords the other day when I had my first photo view from a Google search. My gallery had words within that search, and therefore was viewed!
So, even though it may be difficult and even somewhat confusing at times, the importance of adding categories, titles and keywords is an important step for getting photos out to the public.