IPTC Scene Codes to make your photos more searchable

Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of time organizing the photos in my Aperture Library to make my photos more searchable to potential buyers. I spent some time looking into stock photography references such as the Getty Images Keyword Guide and the International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC) website to learn how to make it easier for people to find and Request to license my Flickr photos through Getty Images or me. In the process of SEO-ing (Search Engine Optimizing) my photos, I’ve found that many of the keywords recommended for stock photography are also IPTC Scene codes.

If you have an image editing / photo organizing application, you may input these scene codes in the IPTC Scene field under the Image section of the IPTC Core metadata. These codes (or keywords, if you will) help describe what a photo is “of.” You may also wish to add them as keywords or “tags” since sites like Flickr make it possible for people to search for photos by “tag.”

I’m sharing these IPTC NewsCodes™ under the IPTC licensing agreement. I hope these metadata help your photos and mine to be found and purchased in a prosperous new year!

IPTC Scene Codes

Copyright 2010, IPTC, http://www.iptc.org, All Rights Reserved.

headshot
A head only view of a person (or animal/s) or persons as in a montage
half-length
A torso and head view of a person or persons
full-length
A view from head to toe of a person or persons
profile
A view of a person from the side
rear view
A view of a person or persons from the rear
single
A view of only one person, object or animal
couple
A view of two people who are in a personal relationship, for example engaged, married or in a romantic partnership
two
A view of two people
group
A view of more than two people
general view
An overall view of the subject and its surrounds
panoramic view
A panoramic or wide angle view of a subject and its surrounds
aerial view
A view taken from above
under-water
A photo taken under water
night scene
A photo taken during darkness
satellite
A photo taken from a satellite in orbit
exterior view
A photo that shows the exterior of a building or other object
interior view
A scene or view of the interior of a building or other object
close-up
A view of, or part of a person/object taken at close range in order to emphasize detail or accentuate mood. Macro photography.
action
Subject in motion such as children jumping, horse running
performing
Subject or subjects on a stage performing to an audience
posing
Subject or subjects posing such as a “victory” pose or other stance that symbolizes leadership
symbolic
A posed picture symbolizing an event – two rings for marriage
off-beat
An attractive, perhaps fun picture of everyday events – dog with sunglasses, people cooling off in the fountain
movie scene
Photos taken during the shooting of a movie or TV production

Author: Daniel Greene

I facilitate communication between Deaf and hearing people, and I teach people American Sign Language (ASL) and interpreting. Apart from doing the work I love, my greatest joys are family & friends, entertainment, food, photography, and travel.

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