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1 hour ago, Jerome L Lawson said:

Why can't photos be reviewed BEFORE one spends a lot of time coming up with keywords, categories and descriptions. It's really disheartening to spend an hour preparing descriptions just to have it tossed away a few days later.

In some cases keywords/description can be the reason for rejection (trademarks and so on). And keywords can be copied between similar images, so IMHO the effort should not be so big to add this meta.

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8 hours ago, Jerome L Lawson said:

Why can't photos be reviewed BEFORE one spends a lot of time coming up with keywords, categories and descriptions. It's really disheartening to spend an hour preparing descriptions just to have it tossed away a few days later.

Use the keywording tool, makes your life much easier.

If you keyword your images BEFORE you save them on your computer after post processing, your keywords are embedded in the image and if you need to rework the image, or if you submit it to some other stock site, the keywords are already there.

 

The link to the tool is on the top right side on your content submission page

 

https://submit.shutterstock.com/edit?language=en&type=photo

 

 

 

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I use a program called Photo Mechanic which is designed for photojournalists.  It has a really good caption and keyboarding engine built in lets you apply pre-made strings of keywords and then apply them to multiply photos.  Usually my keyboarding is done in minutes, not hours.

It's totally work captioning and keywording your photos regardless if they're with an agency or not.  That way you can find them and know what's going on if you revisit the photos.

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