Continue as before? Or use new possibilities?
What possibilities exist for making photo management more convenient, easier and, above all, automated in the age of automatisms and artificial intelligence (AI)? Can automatic keywords help you to optimize your photo search? This is what this article is about. I deal with the subject of photo management and indeed with the administration, as it is actually possible and should be according to the current state of the art.
So we do it today.
The basic problem with photo management today is that the actual image content is in no way included in the administration. In the simplest case, photos are stored in the file system in an annual structure, possibly even with subdivision of the folders by recording location, by type of event, or e.g. according to the persons. But not more.
There should even be people who do not even get the above structure clean, as the following example shows:
What’s the problem with that? We just can not search in that amount of photos, we can not filter and can not categorize them in any way. That means we have no chance to find specific photos.
What we can do, if we have clues to the photo (year, event, etc.), open the appropriate folder and see through all the photos in it. But what we can not do, for example, is to find similar photos (such as all churches, our pets, etc.), as we have no way to display photos across folders.
What can we do?
What needs to be done to search, filter or categorize photos?
In the photos, the information must also be deposited, which is shown in the picture. Only then you have a chance to search for the content. The possibilities are there. Photos support so-called metadata information. Ie information which can be additionally stored in the photo. One of these information has probably already encountered most: the date of taking. In addition to the shooting date, there is also a lot of additional information that is stored in a photo by default: camera model, lens, aperture, shutter speed, etc.
But – and that’s the key – it can also store information such as a title, a description or any keywords. The keywords are important here. These can be used to describe the content of the photo. And because this metadata information meets certain standards, this information is supported by nearly all software products. Ie if my photos had such information, I could easily search in Windows Explorer using this information.
Manual or automatic?
So …. but how come the information of the image content now in the photos? We would have to go through all our photos, look at them and decide what to see in the photos. Then we would have to decide on keywords and then save them in the photos. And that for 1,000, 10,000 or maybe even 100,000 photos. We would sit for weeks to do this mammoth task. And that’s almost impossible, and most of all, we could definitely use that time more meaningfully.
Automatic keywords to optimize your photo search!
We have to find a way to do this automatically. And now TagYour.Photos comes into play, we analyze your photos, automatically recognize the content that can be seen in the photo and then save this information in your photos. Automatically and in the background, automatic keywords are recognized to optimize your photo search.
And still pretty elegant. Because, let’s take a simple example: a photo with a sailboat in the harbor.
We recognize that it is a harbor and we recognize the sailboat. Thus, we could save the terms harbor and sailboat in the photo. And you would later have the opportunity to search for exactly these terms. But we go one step further. We have packed these terms into a hierarchy. We know the sailboat is a watercraft and the watercraft is one of many types of vehicles. Thus, we not only save sailboat, but the entire structure in the photo:
So, but what brings me that? This gives us the opportunity later to search for higher-level terms and automatically find all sub-terms as well. For example, we can search all watercrafts and get the cruise ships, motor boats, sailboats, etc. also equal to it. And that, of course, is a gigantic added value. If I want general hits, I continue higher up in the hierarchy. If I want specific hits, I continue down the hierarchy.
With our service, we offer you a very simple solution that runs in the background and automatically analyzes and tags your photos. Then you’ll be able to work with this information, either directly in Windows Explorer or in a photo management of your choice like Lightroom, Photo Supreme, ACDSee Photo Studio, Imatch or Capture One or or or.
As mentioned above, the metadata information is based on standards such as EXIF, XMP and IPTC and is directly supported by photo management software or Windows directly by default.
And for whom is this interesting? For anyone who takes many photos and wants to find them again. So from everyone to photo-affine people, such as amateur photographers or professional photographers. But also for the divisions that have to work with many photos every day, for example, photo agencies, advertising agencies, etc.
If you want to see what would be detected in your photos, you can try it online: Analyze photo
If you want to see how easy it is to work with the keywords you’ve found, like in Adobe Lightroom, you can see here: Search, filter and categorize photos
All other information and a free trial are available on the website www.tagyour.photos. Process 1,000 of your photos for free and check if automatic keywords can help optimize your photo search.