Photography Keyword Lists & Free Keywording Resources for Lightroom
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Commercial Keyword Lists for Photographers
Controlled Vocabulary - www.controlledvocabulary.com
They say: "Version 3.0 contains approximately 11,000 keyword terms organized in a hierarchical structure with segregated synonyms. A broad range of people, lifestyle, and concept themes are included."
The cost: "Lightroom CV Keyword Catalog + 1 yr. of subscription updates: $69.99"
See the full list of their 27 categories here: www.controlledvocabulary.com/products/index.html
To save you doing the math: 11,000 keywords @ $69.99 means you get 157 keywords for $1
D-65 Keyword List - www.d-65.com/downloads.html
They say: "D-65's keyword list contains over 8600 keywords in a hierarchical order to allow you to easily keyword your images in Lightroom."
The cost: "$99.95"
Their categories: Not fully listed online, though there are some incomplete screenshots on this page: www.d-65.com/blog/keywording-in-lightroom-3/
To save you doing the math: 8,600 keywords @ $99.95 means you get 86 keywords for $1
Foto-Biz Lightroom-Keywords - www.foto-biz.com
They say: "3500+ keywords in 21 categories and 175+ sub-categories. You can customize, enhance the list to fit your own needs."
The cost: "$24.95"
See a partial list of their categories and sub-categories on their homepage, above.
To save you doing the math: 3,500 keywords @ $24.95 means you get 140 keywords for $1
Keyword Catalog - www.keyword-catalog.com
They say: "Contains over 30,000 keywords, including phrases and synonyms, all laid out systematically."
The cost: "Personal User: $101.67, Business User: $203.35"
See the full list of their 39 categories here: keyword-catalog.com/files/categories.html
To save you doing the math: 30,000 keywords @ $101.67 means you get 295 keywords for $1
'Photo-Keywords.com' Hierarchical Image Keyword Catalog - (That's the site you are looking at now !)
We say: Our basic list contains approximately 33900 keywords in a defined hierarchical order that provides a logical path to easy keywording in a variety of programs, including Lightroom. In addition, there are 119 different versions of the list to choose from, each customized to the geographical area YOU are interested in, and containing location-specific lists of historic and natural sites, plants and wildlife, holidays and festivals.
Our cost: $49, which includes 1 year of free updates from your date of purchase. All versions cost the same.
Our categories: There are 7 main categories, 100 sub-categories, and 819 sub-sub and deeper level categories. See the Keyword Categories page for more information.
To save you doing the math: 33900 keywords @ $49 means you get 691 keywords for $1
How do these costs compare?
Other Commercial Keyword Lists for Photographers
Nick Potter - www.nickpotter.net/lightroom-keywords
7 short keyword lists. Total words: a few hundred. Subjects covered: Geography, Animals, Colours, Natural Landforms, Bodies of Water, Buildings, and Weather. Possibly a useful starting-point for construction of your own lists, but not suitable for off-the-shelf keywording.
The cost: "$5"
Free Keyword Lists for Photographers
There are a variety of free photographic keyword lists available on line, though none meet the requirements for a complete controlled vocabulary that you could safely use to start tagging a large photographer portfolio. However, there are some good efforts going on, and free is always good, especially for the more specialized lists, so I'm pleased to support and list them here. If you know of any more, please contact me, and I will add them to this list.
- Ann Torrence spread sheet list: www.anntorrence.com/blog/2008/01/getting-to-work-with-adobe-lig.html
- Universally Useful Keywords List: www.istockphoto.com/forum_messages.php?threadid=73308
- Big Sun Lightroom Keyword Library: www.bigsunphotography.com/archives/1296
- Lightroom Foundation Keyword List Project: plus.google.com/111355801861268842538/posts
- Steve Cole Keyword List: stevecoleblog.com/2012/06/21/keyword-your-images-in-60-seconds
- William Beem Keyword List: williambeem.com/tagging-photos-with-keywords/
- Github Markorosic open-keyword-catalog: github.com/markorosic/open-keyword-catalog
Specialized Keyword Lists for Photographers
- Joop Snijder Flower List: joopsnijder.blogspot.com/2009/04/free-lightroom-keyword-set-flowers.html
- Various French Keyword Lists: github.com/judbd/Thesaurus-Lightroom-Collaboratif
- Lightroom pre-formatted French Thesaurus: www.nikonpassion.com/......france-regions-departements
- Lightroom pre-formatted Paris Thesaurus: www.mariejulien.com
- Lightroom pre-formatted Italian Thesaurus: www.nikonpassion.com/......belgique-suisse-et-italie
- All 10,475 Species of Birds of the World - grahamwatson.net
- Keywords for Birds of the World - keywordworkflow.com
- Keywords for Birds of North America - keywordworkflow.com
- MarineLife Keywords - keywordworkflow.com
- N. American Mammals, Birds,Reptiles, Amphibians - scottbuckel.com/controlled-vocabulary-downloads/
- Indonesian Fishes and Tropical Pacific Invertebrates Pack - keywordworkflow.com
- Mammals of the World Keyword List - keywordworkflow.com
- Nature and Wildlife Keyword Lists - www.jpdodelphoto.com/keywords/
- Bird, Mammal, Insect and Amphibian Lists - www.rusticolus.co.uk/keywords-for-adobe-lightroom/
- Birds of Costa Rica, Birds and Mammals of North America, Natural Forms - www.fleetingglimpse.com/fleetingglimpseimages/lightroom/index.htm
- Construction and Built-Structure Keywords - www.constructionphotography.com/KeywordList.aspx
- Chemistry Keywords - www.wiley-vch.de/vch/journals/keyword.php
- Hierarchical List of Electronic Engineering Keywords - www.ieee.org/documents/taxonomy_v101.pdf
- Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names Online - location information but no downloadable lists: www.getty.edu/research/tools/vocabularies/tgn/
- Don't forget to check out the FREE Specialized Keyword Lists on the Photo-Keywords.Com site !
Thesaurus for Graphical Materials
The U.S. Library of Congress provides an interesting list for image cataloging called the 'Thesaurus for Graphic Materials'. Unfortunately, it is formatted in XML format, and is thus not usable in most photo storage software. I produce a specially formatted version of this list that is suitable for direct import into Lightroom and other image storage software. To learn more, visit the Thesaurus for Graphical Materials page.
Commercial Product Taxonomies
I have a number of processed product taxonomies available: Amazon, Bing, eBay and Google. These have been formatted for direct import into Lightroom and other image storage software. To see them, visit the Product Taxonomy page.
Useful Data for Building your own Keyword Lists
- Online Reference Sources at ASIndexing: www.asindexing.org/reference-shelf/online-reference-sources/
- 6 Useful Databases to Dig for Data (and 100 more): piktochart.com/6-useful-databases-to-dig-for-data/
- Wikipedia Input Files and Ontology: wiki.dbpedia.org/Downloads39
- Lots of information about free online resources: www.controlledvocabulary.com/examples.html
- Datasources used by GeoNames in the GeoNames Gazetteer: www.geonames.org/data-sources.html
- National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Country Files: earth-info.nga.mil/gns/html/namefiles.htm
Online Keywording Tools
- Yuri Arcurs' free keywording tool suggests keywords based on similar images: arcurs.com/keywording
- Dusegard Photo/Image keywording tool: dusegard.se/photokeywording.aspx
- Find Photo Keywords: www.findphotokeywords.com/
Programs that use my Keyword List
- Aperture: www.apple.com
- BreezeBrowser Pro: www.breezesys.com
- Bridge: www.adobe.com
- FastPictureViewer Pro: www.fastpictureviewer.com
- Lightroom: www.adobe.com
- Photo Mechanic: www.camerabits.com
- Lightroom 5 Quick Start Guide from Victoria Bampton: www.lightroomqueen.com/free-downloads/quickstart/lr5
- Lightroom & Digital Asset Management Books from Peter Krogh: thedambook.com/the-dam-bookshop/
- Search Replace Transfer: a Lightroom plug-in designed for bulk changes to text: www.photographers-toolbox.com/products/jbeardsworth/findreplace
- Keyword-centric plugins on Lightroom Exchange: adobe.ly/KeywordPlugins
- Lightroom Plugins from Jim Keir: www.lightroom-plugins.com/
- Lightroom Keyword Consolidator: www.robcole.com/Rob/ProductsAndServices/KeywordConsolidatorLrPlugin/
- Victoria Bampton - The Lightroom Queen: www.lightroomqueen.com/blog
- Laura Shoe's Lightroom Training, Tutorials & Tips: laurashoe.com/
- Inside Lightroom - Richard Earney: inside-lightroom.com
- Jeffrey Friedl's Blog: regex.info/blog
- Learning Lightroom - George Jardine: mulita.com/blog
- Lightroom Blog - Sean McCormack: lightroom-blog.com
- Lightroom Diva - Lynette Kent: www.lynettekent.com/blog
- Lightroom Killer Tips - Matt Kloskowski: www.lightroomkillertips.com
- Lightroom Secrets - Gene McCullagh: lightroomsecrets.com
- Lightroom Team Official Blog: blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjournal
- Lightroomers - Rob Sylvan: lightroomers.com
- The Lightroom Lab - Scott Rouse: thelightroomlab.com
- Lightroom Tutorials - InfoParrot: www.infoparrot.com/category/lightroom-tutorials
- Lightroom Forums: www.lightroomforums.net
- Adobe Lightroom Community Forum: forums.adobe.com/community/lightroom
- Adobe's Lightroom For Beginners Forum: forums.adobe.com/community/lightroom/lightroom_for_beginners
Photo Mechanic Forums
- Camera Bits Forums: forums.camerabits.com