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NNehring
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Posted Sat Jun 16, 2007 6:22AM
Since iStock is going global in a big way, I want to start putting either US, USA or United States of America in my photo descriptions. Places like Georgia aren't just in North America. Which is better for people not living in the US, ie which is more recognizable in the rest of the world?
sjlocke
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Posted Sat Jun 16, 2007 6:53AM
Not sure what you are asking. When you keyword Georgia, there are two CV choices:
Georgia (Transcaucasia)
Georgia (Southern USA)

So you can define the image by your CV choice. But only do it if there is something that shows the location. ie, a hotel in Atlanta would not need the "Georgia" keyword.
Sausalito
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Posted Sat Jun 16, 2007 2:50PM

Is there a file somewhere with the whole CV in it so we can load it into photomechanic or iview or something and learn to sort out all this stuff offline???


thanks,


tom
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Posted Sat Jun 16, 2007 3:32PM
No. There are several threads about it here if you search. I still don't understand why people want to view it anyways. Just type in the terms you are interested in and see if they exist.

Or browse through the first four entries of the category browser.
NNehring
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Posted Sat Jun 16, 2007 6:18PM

I want to put the abbreviations/words US, USA or United States or United States of America in the description - not talking about CV or keywords. Which is most understandable in other countries as meaning USA.
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Posted Sat Jun 16, 2007 9:44PM
^^^USA.
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Posted Sun Jun 17, 2007 10:30AM
Posted By sjlocke:
No. There are several threads about it here if you search. I still don't understand why people want to view it anyways. Just type in the terms you are interested in and see if they exist.

because some phrases that are in the CV will take forever to guess, especially if you don't speak American.
RASimon
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Posted Sun Jun 17, 2007 1:00PM
I think US, USA, United States, America are all widely recognized as meaning the same country. When traveling abroad, I typically hear the word "America" used if that helps.
kelvinjay
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Posted Sun Jun 17, 2007 1:30PM
I think USA is shortest and least likely to cause confusion.
InCommunicado
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Posted Sun Jun 17, 2007 9:57PM
Why do you want to possibly limit your image from a search by specifying the location?  Unless you have unique landmarks in the shot, why not leave it up to the designer to use it within their imagination?  Don't shoort yourself in the foot with the details.  Your images are much more personal to you than they are to anyone else, which is irrelevant as RF stock.
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Posted Mon Jun 18, 2007 4:28AM
Posted By InCommunicado:
Why do you want to possibly limit your image from a search by specifying the location? Unless you have unique landmarks in the shot, why not leave it up to the designer to use it within their imagination?
Well, what if a designer needs pictures of a street (no landmarks) in say, Chicago. He uses your photo of a street, and as soon as it is published someone tells him that he recognises that street in Atlanta! If the location isn't important, then the designer can choose what he wants. If the location is important, then a sensible designer can only choose from images that confirm the location. This becomes even more relevant IMHO where the designer may not live in the same country, and would not recognise what you might consider a 'landmark'.
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Posted Mon Jun 18, 2007 10:23AM

Posted By InCommunicado:
Why do you want to possibly limit your image from a search by specifying the location?  Unless you have unique landmarks in the shot, why not leave it up to the designer to use it within their imagination?  Don't shoort yourself in the foot with the details.  Your images are much more personal to you than they are to anyone else, which is irrelevant as RF stock.


I have a winter barn iStock image that I found in "Ohio" magazine. If it was not keyworded "Ohio" I'd bet I would have never made the sale.

I think location is important to extending sales. Editors and advertisers want to connect to the clients and one way is with images that relate to the clients. In this case, a winter picture of a Vermont barn might be very visually nice but it may not connect to the clients in Ohio who have never seen a Vermont specific style of barn.

I just found a couple of my Dayton, Ohio, images in the local visitors and convention bureau publication. Pictures of Akron or Cleveland just won't do for a Dayton things-to-do list. The inclusion of Dayton in the keywords has also garnered outside contacts for area pictures (non-iStock) - 5 pictures of which ended up in a hard bound book about Dayton and one of these was front cover. Had I not keyworded Dayton at iStock I would have missed an inquiry that turned out very valuable.

I think you are shooting yourself in the foot if you do architecture, landscapes, and cityscapes without identifying the location details in keywords. Locations are may not be needed for studio shots, models, products, or mock settings.
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Posted Mon Jun 18, 2007 10:42AM

I live in Holland. US is not so familiar here. Most of the time everybody writes here USA or America or full United states. But United states of America not.. Its a bit strange but it is....


Try to put also big places on it. Not that you fill Paris on the state of liberty but put down then New York, manhattan, big apple, bronx, (correct me if I name something which is not in the hood )


For me in Holland it is easy to fill down some Dutch placenames but  somebody from abroad will write down Amsterdam or Rotterdam or the Hague etc. But If I just fill out Leiden or Leiderdorp or groningen. No one will come..


Good luck


Gr djaitje
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