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Give yourself a keywording break

Time is precious, especially in the world of photography. Wherever you go you’re always told to create more, network more, engage more…

Having chosen a 24/7 career it can be hard to juggle your everyday schedule. But we assume you’re human too? You still need time to cool down, surround yourself with friends and family and escape on an adventure now and again.

That’s usually when you discover the big elephant in the room. All the images you’ve spent so many hours on already need keywording…

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We all know it, poor keywording means less revenue. When a customer is looking for images to buy it starts with words. These words will be the first and most important step for your images to be seen and stand out from the crowd. To make life easier for all the stressed photographers out there we’ve put together a list of our top 5 recommended keywording companies.

So whilst you’re cruising around the Croatian islands these specialists can accumulate thousands of keywords to describe your content and make sure that your images are optimised for Alamy’s search engine.

In no particular order, here are our top 5 Keywording services

Address: Ground Floor Gallery, 30 Tottenham Street, London. W1T 4RJ

Phone: +44 (0) 7935 879201

email: info@easyresource.co.uk

Address: 1 Salters Road, Gosforth, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE3 1DH

Phone: +44(0)7956 003653

Email: clemency@clemency.co.uk

Address: PO Box 5090, Kemptville, Ontario, K0G-1J0

Phone: +1 (613) 258 1551

Email: info@worldmetadata.com

Address: 1414 SE Long Street, Portland, OR 97202, USA

Phone: +1 (503) 221-4996

Email: kosullivan@keywording.com

Young woman sitting with mug in home office. Image shot 2014. Exact date unknown.
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Or perhaps you’d like a keyword specialist in-house? A-Z Keywording has created a handy little tool that bolts on to your Lightroom software and promises to “expand your keywords tenfold”. The plug-in, known as Keyword Perfect, is optimised for Alamy contributors and offers a free-trial until September 2015.

Happy Keywording holiday!

If you want to learn more, here’s some simple advice for keywording on Alamy.