Tutorial 5 – Harness the power of keywords

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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.

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.

Essentials for organizing your digital photos

Over the years I have come to rely on only a few products for managing and backing up my large media collection. These are my essential products and services I have been using for many years to keep things organized and safe. Even though these are affiliate links, I wholeheartedly recommend them.

I recommend using Adobe Lightroom Classic CC via the annual Adobe Creative Cloud subscription. Lightroom has excellent photo editing capabilities. Yes, Lightroom has a steeper learning curve as you have to learn to keep your catalogs in sync with your hard drive. However, Adobe Lightroom makes most sense especially when you do lots of image editing.
If you don't like the subscription, you can get also download the last standalone Adobe Lightroom 6 for Mac or Windows (while it is still available). However, the product is no longer maintained by Adobe.

Excellent Lightroom and Picasa alternative. If you're looking for a cheaper and simpler photo manager then ACDSee Photo Studio for Mac or ACDSee Pro for Windows is my preferred solution for organizing your media on your computer. It has a very fast browser, beautiful image editing capabilities and you don't work with catalogs at all.

In addition, make sure you have an inexpensive and reliable external hard drive for backing everything up. It is absolutely essential for backing up your media regularly.

If you're looking for a reliable unlimited cloud backup service, I recommend Backblaze Cloud Backup. I have used Backblaze for my online backup for more than 3 years now. All my files are safe and secure and I have never had any problems with them.

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Most people want to just organize their digital pictures and ignore these crucial steps right at the beginning...when they are shooting and transferring their digital pictures. Then they wonder why they can't organize their digital photos! Avoid most people's mistakes and start on the right track!

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