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Guidelines on how to tag photos

Important information

For tagging your vectors you can do it by two ways:

  • Uploading a .csv file with the information of all your files
  • Tagging your photos directly from your contributor panel (Files waiting to tag)

In order to upload the CSV with tags and titles, please read the guide for creating a well formed .csv file.



How to tag photos 

1. Conceptual and descriptive tags

For photos, it’s important to not only describe the image, but also the concept, what does the image bring to mind? We should mix both conceptual and descriptive tags.

With conceptual tags we describe what the image transmits. In this case, we see a group of girls in summer wear; so we should use tags that reference summer time.

With the descriptive tags we can define what we see in the image. Girls, cellphone, dress; we see they’re in an urban area, etc. Perhaps the cellphone is the most important element in the image, as this is what all the girls are looking at.


Example 1


Conceptual tags

Friendship, young, youth, holiday, vacation, summer, summertime, season, experience, travel, seasonal, fashion, beautiful, entertainment, fun, smile

Descriptive tags

Girls, women, woman, teenagers, people, fashion, city, mobile, dress, sunglasses, selfie, shorts, summer clothes


Example 2

Conceptual tags

Weather, abstract, storm

Descriptive tags

glass, window, rain, raining, drop, blur, unfocused, blurred            water, liquid, tarnished, fogged, raindrop



Example 3

Conceptual tags

Communication, company, business, connection, network, electronic, wireless, media, multimedia, digital, digital media, internet, technological, workspace, work

Descriptive tags

Mobile, mobile phone, phone, smartphone, iphone, telephone, gadget, device, laptop, display, office, touchscreen


Example 4

Conceptual tags

Youth, young, friendly, fun, happiness, fit, confident, cool, modern

Descriptive tags

Model, boy, man, smile, good looking, male, masculine, dentist, teeth, mouth, dental, handsome, casual, laughing, adult



Example 5

Conceptual tags

Youth, young, friendly, fashion, beautiful, natural, modern, formal, outdoors 

Descriptive tags

Woman, female, girl, businesswoman, smile, landscape, sea, urban, Malaga, ocean, port, posing, harbor



2. Describing the elements of the image from most to least relevant

In the previous examples the concepts that stood out the most were: friendship, holidays, travel, experience, youth…And the tags descriptive tags went from girls, cellphone, fashion… to details such as summer wear or shorts.



3. Avoid words that seem obvious

As these images are photographs, tags like photo, image or photography should be avoided (unless the image is of a camera or other photography related equipment and therefore, the tag is vital to the description). On the other hand, the image could be of a person or group of people taking photos, in which case, it does make sense to reference photography.

To sum up, avoid tags that don’t contribute to the description of the image.

Avoid the word background. If we want to allude to an out of focus background, we’ll use blurred background. This way, the system won’t generate an individual background tag and create unnecessary tags.



4. All the tags must make sense and be conceptually and visually descriptive.

Tags referring to color aren’t necessary. Moreover, the user can make use of the filters on to search by color.

If the colors in the image stand out, we can use colorful or colors as descriptive tags. Or in the case of vectors, if a background is completely red, we could add red as a descriptive tag.



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