Cradoc's Keyword Harvester

Cradoc's Keyword Harvester


Photography, like any industry, is filled with those who talk and those who do. There are those who talk about the decline of the industry and point the fingers at others, and then you have guys like Cradoc Bagshaw, who for years has been an advocate of the photographer and sought ways to educate and empower them.

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the creator of fotoQuote, the industry standard for pricing rights-managed imagery. And many of our 33,000 photographers know that fotoQuote is the engine that powers rights-managed licensing in the PhotoShelter Personal Archive and the PhotoShelter Collection. So I’m happy to announce that Cradoc has developed yet another tool that should be considered by photographers — particularly those selling stock.

Even though photography is a visual medium, the only widespread and reliable method of finding images is through keyword searching. And yet keywording images is really difficult. I’m pretty good at getting the first 5 keywords, but after that it’s like pulling teeth.

Cradoc also makes a very good point: “Keywording is a language which is defined by people looking for images, not the people supplying them.” So you have to think the way buyers do.

The Keyword Harvester is a stand-alone software program that Cradoc developed to make the process of keywording easier. No, it’s doesn’t keyword for you. But it groups keywords logically, provides an easy method to build concepts, provides similar terms and synonyms, and allows for keyword template creation. (Disclosure: Kate, our linguist, was a beta tester for the program). You can use it as a part of your image preparation workflow with nearly any other software because it uses standard IPTC meta data.

You can try the Keyword Harvester with a 30-day money back guarantee, and he’s got an introductory discount of $50 until July 14, 2008. But don’t listen to me. Listen to Cradoc and watch him demonstrate the Keyword Harvester on his demo video.

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Allen Murabayashi is the Chairman and co-founder of PhotoShelter.

There are 3 comments for this article
  1. ProPhotographer at 2:08 pm

    Maybe its just me but I can’t condone the lifting of other people’s keywords. This is what Cradoc is suggesting, it is in his video. He suggests finding similar images on a myriad of stock sites and copying them into his Keyword Harvester (I guess the intention is in the name). Some people spend a long long time (I know I do) on refining and researching when keywording stock. Where does inspiration end and plagiarism begin? PP

  2. JD at 9:38 pm

    Although I’m tempted to try to program, I do have mixed emotions about it. On one hand I think it would be a valuable tool. On the other hand, I agree with PP that it seems somewhat plageristic. It’s one thing to look at how others keyword, and learn from it. It’s different when you look for images like yours and just copy the keywords. It is just like with photographs. I think it’s OK to look at others photos and learn from their style, technique, and even their choice of subject matter. However, I think there are ethical issues when blatenly try to duplicate anothers photo.

  3. Jan at 11:53 pm

    There’s another element that makes me hesitant on this software. It is very true that the language is defined by the searcher, not the keyworder. But if too many people use the same software to keyword, then the diversity is reduced, and over time the vocabulary of the searchers is reduced that same limited diversity. In fact you want to be close but not necessarily identical. Because otherwise you will end up with more than 1,000 pictures of the same keywords. In search engine optimization (which photo keywording is a variation of), sometimes targeted and common misspellings can be a powerful way to stand out from the crowd…

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