First of all…What is Tagging? In a simple sentence one can say, that Tagging is using keyword tags for digital photo organization.
Tags are really nothing more than keywords used to describe a piece of data, a web page, digital photo’s or another type of digital document. It is a way of organize digital documents such as images, by keywords and/or categories.
The recent years have greatly increased this trend and you can see it almost in all Social Networking Sites.
Some say it’s not important, but others consider it very important. I would consider it necessary. It’s not only about identifying what you are posting, commenting or linking. It’s more than that, it’s a correlation between what you share and what you want others to find.
If the tags are made public, online pages that act as a Web-based bookmark service are able to index them. Now you decide how this is important for you…
You may think it’s not a big deal, but if you post a pic in the web and only tag the word Car, for instance, imagine how it’s difficult to someone to reach it since there are millions of pictures in that similar way. Now, imagine you tag your pic with the tags; car, red, corvette, California and sunny day. At this moment you're almost seeing the picture, but more than that, you are giving one of the best ways to One reach your picture in many different ways.
Why do I say many ways? Because exists a lot of information in one single picture. You have the image itself, you have where it was taken, how it was taken, who or what’s in the picture and with what did you get that pic. You can also refer to why was it taken or how you get that moment. As you can see there’s a lot to say about a single picture.
Tagging is very important, so that when a person is trying to reach some information, when choosing the right words, he/she goes to where you want them to go. It’s not only about choosing words, it’s about choosing the right tags (words) and be the most accurate possible
, according to the object you are referring.
I could sum part of what I wrote above as “The ten commandments about tagging”. Imagine them as concepts, since they aren't rules and they are not in any special order, but I would start by:
- Describing what’s in the photo (refer to the “object” itself)
- Place (where was taken)
- How (what you have used to get the picture)
- Why (reason for shooting that picture, if exists)
- Techniques (some knowledge you may have used in the shot)
- Color (describe the colors, patterns, etc)
- Preferably use nouns, single words with no spaces or hyphens and avoiding abbreviations
- Maximum of 10 tags per entry (if you exaggerate in the words, search engines will be not so consistent or concise)
- Remember to think as the one who’s searching for the info you’re tagging.
- The last, but not least, don't stress out too much about tag names and hierarchies. Anything you do can be edited and re-arranged later. The more you work with your photos, better refined your tagging scheme will become later.
Sometimes we don’t have any ideas or the right words to choose to tag, so feel free to use any of my concepts/ideas to do it, and remember, the best tagging you do, the more visible your work and you'll became. Good Tagging!!!