What’s another word for Thesaurus?—Steven Wright, comedian
Story and photos by David Riecks
Who cares about keywords? Well, unless you have a, pardon the expression, photographic memory, you should. If you or your agent or a client ever wants to find a particular image from the thousands in your library, good keywords make it easy.
Since document files are made up of words, a researcher can do a search using some of those words to find the files closest to what is needed.
With photos, there are no words unless ones have been assigned. It’s possible to deduce some aspects of images via automated means, like using the date and time or possibly the location in the digital-camera-captured GPS information. But that’s about it unless you are interested in subscribing to one of the new “machine learning” options—a discussion for another day.