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« on: June 01, 2015, 03:14 »
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Hello all,

I was just recently accepted for Shutterstock and have now uploaded my first 100 photos.  So far I have been editing the keywords in SS after uploading the photos to SS.  I am planning to submit also to some other microstock agencies and don't want to do the keywording individually for each agency.  So I need some software to do the keywording before uploading, but don't know how to accomplish this.

I was told that Lightroom would be a good software for this purpose, but my computer has 32 bit Windows and new Lightroom needs 64 bit Windows to install.  I tried keywording in some software I have already installed in my computer, like ZoomBrowser, but the keywords entered in ZoomBrowser did not show after uploading the photo to SS.  Is there a good free software that gets the job done?  Or if I need to buy a software how do I know that SS and other agencies accept the keywords entered with this software?

Any help much appreciated.

Thanks very much in advance, Henri



« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2015, 03:24 »
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Try Irfanview. It let's you edit all IPTC data and is free.

If you want to automate some steps (e.g. write some small batch routines to edit multiple files simultaneously) I would recommend ExifTool.

You'll find both of them easily with Google...

« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2015, 04:31 »
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Thanks dirkr,

this is all fairly new to me.  So if a software has the capability of editing IPCT data for keywords and titles it is good for the job?  I just edit these fields with Irfanview and can submit the photos then to major microstock agencies and the keywords and titles will be there without further editing in the agencies.  This is the firts time I hear about IPCT, so I might ask the wrong questions?

Is there anything else important that I should know about keywording with Irfanview for many agencies at once.  I am thinking about maybe there are differences in the number of keywords accepted in different agencies or ordering of the keywords affect search results differently or maybe phrases are not accepted by all agencies, case sensitivity or other stuff I am not even aware of.

Thanks for your fast answer dirkr.  I think I will just download Irfanview and will then find out these things myself, but any help is appreciated very much.

Henri




« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2015, 06:36 »
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Thanks dirkr,

this is all fairly new to me.  So if a software has the capability of editing IPCT data for keywords and titles it is good for the job?  I just edit these fields with Irfanview and can submit the photos then to major microstock agencies and the keywords and titles will be there without further editing in the agencies.  This is the firts time I hear about IPCT, so I might ask the wrong questions?

Is there anything else important that I should know about keywording with Irfanview for many agencies at once.  I am thinking about maybe there are differences in the number of keywords accepted in different agencies or ordering of the keywords affect search results differently or maybe phrases are not accepted by all agencies, case sensitivity or other stuff I am not even aware of.

Thanks for your fast answer dirkr.  I think I will just download Irfanview and will then find out these things myself, but any help is appreciated very much.

Henri

IPTC is a standard to store (text) information within digital image files. Some of the fields are standardized like the Copyright, Title, Description, Keywords. You should certainly read more about it.

Agency requirements are only slightly different. You might have to adapt a few things here and there for some agencies. But it's still worth to do all the keywording and captions in IPTC at first. Most data can be used across agencies.

(and for the record: Lightroom 6 is pretty new. I think there is still an option to download Lightroom 5 in a 32 bit version. If you only want to use it for adding IPTC data, there are lots of other options, though)

« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2015, 09:42 »
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Thank you Michael,

a software I have already subscribed for focus stacking turned out to have a free extension for editing IPTC data, so I'll give it a go first.

Just one fast question more.  IPTC data has a number of fields like description/title/caption/headline that could all be used for "title information".  Which one should I use to get the job done?

Thank you very much,

Henri
« Last Edit: June 01, 2015, 10:07 by henri »

« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2015, 10:26 »
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Most of the agencies are using "ObjectName" IPTC field as the source of Title; "Caption-Abstract" field as the source of Description; "Keywords" field as the source of the Keywords.

P.S. You can also use the tool from my signature to fill the metadata before uploading to the agencies (and upload images if you like).

« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2015, 14:44 »
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Thank you Niakris.

Henri


 

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