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Tutorial 5 – Harness the power of keywords


Image tags are indeed powerful if used the right way. If used the wrong way, tags will become just a pile of useless words. Therefore, it is important to learn how to harness the power of keywords. This tutorial contains the articles to help you do just that.

Add multiple dimensions to your photo organization structure by using image tags

I admit that multiple dimensions sounds a little freaky ! However, that’s exactly what image tags will add to your photo organization structure. You have probably learned that folders are one dimensional, meaning that it can only support one criterion for breaking down your pictures into groups. Image tags allow you to place one pictures in multiple categories and then search for them.

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Articles in this tutorial:

  1. When folders are not enough. How to know when you need to add keywords to your pictures.
  2. 5 steps to create precise keywords for tagging your pictures. What you need to know before creating and applying keywords to your digital pictures.
  3. How to create a controlled vocabulary. Great tips for starting a controlled vocabulary for your image keywords.
  4. Adobe Lightroom – an exercise in keywording. An example of creating and applying precise keywords to your digital pictures using Adobe Lightroom.

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