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MikeCherim
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Posted Thu Jul 17, 2008 12:44PM
COMPOSITION KEYWORDS
  • Aerial View - Shot from high above subject.
  • Background - Photo's primary use is a background, incl. patterns, etc.
  • Concept - A photo that tells a specific story. Think metaphor.
  • Copy Space (Copyspace) - has designated location for copy text.
  • Exterior View - Shot of outside.
  • Eye Level - Level with height of the lens (maps to Surface Level).
  • Face to Face - from Eye to eye, may be used for "Eye Level" I guess.
  • From Behind - Shot from behind foreground subject.
  • From Side - Shot taken from a side angle.
  • Front View - Straight on (no angles) from lens to subject.
  • Full Body - Capture entire human form, from head to toe.
  • Full Frame - When composition encompasses entire viewing area.
  • Headshot - Shot of subject's head only (see Portrait).
  • High Angle View - Shot from a high angle to subject.
  • High/Up Angle - Taken from above the subject or there abouts.
  • Horizon - Over land/water, distinctive sky demarcation.
  • Horizontal - Wide format.
  • Interior View - Shot of inside.
  • Low Angle View - Shot from a low angle to subject.
  • Low/Down Angle - Taken from beneath the subject or there abouts.
  • Over the Shoulder View - Shot from directly behind foreground subject.
  • Perspective - Any unusual angle to include Low and High (above).
  • Portrait - Head and shoulders shot is typical.
  • Profile - Same as From Side (above).
  • Rear View - See From Behind.
  • Satellite View - Shot from space or upper atmosphere.
  • Side View - Shot from the side.
  • Silhouette - Lighting behind subject/model showing outline/shape.
  • Square - Square format as the name implies.
  • Still Life - For example, a vase of flowers is a still life.
  • Surface Level - Low angle perspective sighted along same surface at object.
  • Top View - Shot of the top (birdseye).
  • Vertical - Tall format.
  • Waist Up - Top half of human subject only.
  • Waist Down - Bottom half of human subject only.


PHOTO EFFECT KEYWORDS
  • Blurred Background - Specific type of selective focus (above).
  • Blurred Foreground - Same as Blurred Background (above).
  • Blurred Motion - Long exposure maps to this.
  • B/W (Black and White) - A black and white image.
  • Clipping path - Isolation includes a path embedded in the file data.
  • Close-up - Very close to subject (also see Macro and Extreme Close-up).
  • Color Image - Shot in full color.
  • Cross Process - (Xpro) Print effects by mismatching chems in the lab, may be an overprocess digitally.
  • Desaturated - Some to most of the color is removed from shot.
  • Descriptive Color - Describe color that is key to image.
  • Extreme Close-up - Extremely close to subject, could include micrographs (also see Macro).
  • Fish Eye View - A distortion effect by lens type.
  • Grayscale - See B/W and Monochromatic above (also see Monochromatic).
  • High Key - Image has excess highlight and leans to bright side. Sometimes overexposed.
  • Isolated - Separated object or person done by color or background.
  • Isolated objects - Separated object or person done by color or background.
  • Isolated on Black - Isolated on a black background.
  • Isolated on White - Isolated on a white background.
  • Long Exposure - Slow shutter speed used to create a blurred motion or trails.
  • Low Key - Image has muted highlights and leans to dark side. Sometimes underexposed.
  • Macro - Making a big deal out of small stuff (also see Close-up).
  • Monochromatic - A single color tint, usually black with white (also see B/W).
  • Panorama - Very wide view or pan (may be stitched images (if so, inform inspector).
  • Reflection - As it says, on water, windows, shiny floors, etc.
  • Selective Focus - When the foreground is in focus and the background is not, or vice-versa.
  • Sepia - Photo given a sepia tone process to make it look old.
  • Sunlight - Light effect.
  • Telephoto - Distant object brought close via zoom or special lens.
  • Wide Angle - View includes natural peripheral vision, but in focus.


MODEL/SUBJECT KEYWORDS
  • 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s - Define age group of subject or era.[/li]
  • Adult (Man/Male, Woman/Female, Group of) - Define adult/adults subjects.
  • Baby (Boy/Male, Girl/Female, Group of) - Define baby/babies subjects.
  • Child (Boy/Male, Girl/Female, Group of) - Define child/children subjects.
  • Ethnicity - If model permits, race, creed, heritage.
  • Group of Objects - Multiple like objects.
  • Group of People - Multiple human subjects (may also break down by gender).
  • Heap - Loose arrangement of objects, a pile.
  • In A Row - Objects/subject position in a row. Think of a row of bicycles on a rack.
  • Infant (Boy/Male, Girl/Female, Group of) - Define infant/infants subjects.
  • Insignificant People - For those blurry folks in the background.
  • Nobody - To tag a shot with no humans in it.
  • One Object - Single object.
  • One Person - Single human subject.
  • Part Of - Describe image/element that is significant part of greater composition.
  • Seniors (Man/Male, Woman/Female, Group of) - Define senior/seniors subjects.
  • Stack - Objects arranged in a vertical column... you know, a stack.
  • Teen (Boy/Male, Girl/Female, Group of) - Define teen/teens subjects.
  • Toddler (Boy/Male, Girl/Female, Group of) - Define toddler/toddlers subjects.
  • Two Objects, Three Objects, etc. - Identify the number of like objects.
  • Two People, Three People, etc. - Identify the number of human subjects.
  • Young Adult (Man/Male, Woman/Female, Group of) - Define young adult/adults subjects.


SET/LOCATION KEYWORDS
  • Indoors - Shot in indoor setting.
  • Outdoors - Shot in outdoor setting.
  • Studio Shot - Photo taken in a studio or similar controlled environment.


PHOTO DESCRIPTION KEYWORDS
  • Black Background - Background is black... d'oh
  • Colored Background - Background is another color, beside black or white... really.
  • Multi Colored (Multicolored) - Background or subject contains many colors.
  • Saturated Color - Background or subject is very brightly colored.
  • Vibrant Color - Background or subject is very brightly colored.
  • White Background - Background is white... d'oh


OTHER KEYWORDS GROUPS
  • Emotion - Define specifically, happy, sad, silly, mad...
  • Expressive - Define specifically, happy, sad, silly, mad...

AmandaRose
Posted Thu Jul 17, 2008 12:58PM

Any composition tags are helpful, too, like: full frame, horizontal, waist up, etc.
colevineyard
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Posted Thu Jul 17, 2008 1:19PM

Isolated,


Isolated objects


Isolated with Clipping path


Isolated on white


isolated on black


all refer to an object with a white background or black background, clipping paths cutout the object
MikeCherim
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Posted Thu Jul 17, 2008 1:19PM
Awesome. Thanks Amanda. I added yours to the list with a couple of my own related guesses (hopefully correct). I've already learned some new ones thanks to you

Cheers.
Mike
MikeCherim
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Posted Thu Jul 17, 2008 3:37PM
Good stuff, keep 'em coming (assuming there are more).

Mike
andoteriCLOSED
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Posted Thu Aug 14, 2008 11:24AM
Hi Mike - good idea!

Square
Copy Space
Still Life
Single Object
Concepts
Backgrounds

(Edited on 2008-08-14 11:26:10 by andoteri)
princessdlaf
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Posted Thu Aug 14, 2008 11:40AM
studio shot, portrait,
lagereek
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Posted Thu Aug 14, 2008 1:19PM
Selective focus???  every AD and designer I know search: blurred background or foreground.
beetle8
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Posted Thu Aug 14, 2008 1:53PM

great idea Mike


I'd like to get a few designers to chime in


When I'm looking for images for steel cage matches one that I think would help is camera angle


head on


from side 


down/up angle


full body


 
MikeCherim
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Posted Thu Aug 14, 2008 2:19PM
Cool, I thought this post had died and sunk into oblivion. Glad to see it's being added to. I have added all your suggestion to the master list.

Thanks.
Mike
Somus
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Posted Thu Aug 14, 2008 8:04PM
Do buyers really type in these keywords? I'm always trying to keep my keywords as specific as possible. I don't want to be accused of keyword spam.
beetle8
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Posted Thu Aug 14, 2008 8:33PM

These are some of the more useful keywords for narrowing down a search. 


It's not spamming if it describes your file.
impactimage
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Posted Thu Aug 14, 2008 8:37PM

insignificant people?


I don't remember signing a model release?
EduLeite
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Posted Thu Aug 14, 2008 8:45PM
"Isolated with Clipping path" is new for me! I only use "clipping path" and "isolated"


Thanks! wink

ETA: I just saw, "Isolated with Clipping path" do not exist as a single term!


(Edited on 2008-08-14 20:49:25 by lobaaaato)
DigitalGrill
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Posted Fri Aug 15, 2008 7:56AM

This is a great thread!


Are those building this list primarily sellers or buyers? Knowing what universal keywords are used by successful sellers is very nice...but knowing what universal keywords are used by frequent buyers is excellent!! So, buyers...chime in if you haven't already!!


 


Steve
MikeCherim
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Posted Fri Aug 15, 2008 10:15AM

Posted By Somus:
Do buyers really type in these keywords? I'm always trying to keep my keywords as specific as possible. I don't want to be accused of keyword spam.


Designers in particular might very well use keywords to describe the composition if they need something in particular I suppose.



Posted By impactimage:
insignificant people?
I don't remember signing a model release?


Lol.



Posted By lobaaaato:
ETA: I just saw, "Isolated with Clipping path" do not exist as a single term!


Thanks. Fixed.


Posted By DigitalGrill:
Are those building this list primarily sellers or buyers? Knowing what universal keywords are used by successful sellers is very nice...but knowing what universal keywords are used by frequent buyers is excellent!! So, buyers...chime in if you haven't already!!


I think it's sellers posting so far so, yes, buyers/designers chiming in would be good, and if their suggestions aren't in the CV maybe they can be wiki'd.

Mike
lagereek
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Posted Fri Aug 15, 2008 10:17AM
Well Amanda this is very good to know because many of the above keywords are the ones the Wiki-team are replacing our main-keywords with.


Me and my two Swedish friends here will then look forward to a lot more sales then, since they are so useful.


best.


Christian

(Edited on 2008-08-15 10:19:50 by lagereek)
MikeCherim
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Posted Fri Aug 15, 2008 1:08PM
I just added a few more I found on another thread where someone was asking why the wiki team added such strange keywords.

Mike
SweetyMommy
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Posted Fri Aug 15, 2008 1:46PM

Any number of objects (or people) such as:


Two Objects, Three Objects, etc.


Close-up


White background


Black background


Colored background


Vibrant Color


Multi Colored


 


And.. You have Single Object twice on the list.
pink_cotton_candy
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Posted Fri Aug 15, 2008 4:55PM
Posted By Somus:
Do buyers really type in these keywords? I'm always trying to keep my keywords as specific as possible. I don't want to be accused of keyword spam.


YES! especially when it really needs to fit properly in a composition. (a great place to take a look at what designers do is in the Steel Cage)


One of my favorites to search is: Surface Level. Granted, I don't know if I'm using it correctly (I search and see some weird things that I don't term my version of surface level). This is derived from "eye level" which quite frankly I think is different. But it's something that is right straight in front. Like a dish on a table can be shot from above or from the "side" but there is no real side.


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