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Editing Your Photos

Editing your photos for stock can be as simple or complicated as you want to make it. Many people submit photos directly from their point and shoot camera, however you will see best results in both acceptance ratings and sales if you edit your photos.

Free Editing Software

Picassa: A nice simple program from google for editing and organize photos.
Gimp : Probably the best free editing software. It is a bit complicated to used if you are new, but worth trying out if you are determined and can’t spare the $$ for an adobe product.

Cheap Editing Software

Adobe Photoshop Elements: A great program that is very close to it’s big brother Adobe Photoshop CS3. This is the software I would recomment if you are not going to pay the big bucks for CS3. It will get you used to the photoshop layout and provides tons of editing options. If you learn to use this program you will be well on your way.
Pixelmator: I can’t say I have tried it but it looks like a nice program for the mac.

Professional Editing Software

Adobe Photoshop CS3: Only one serious choice here really. Learn to use it and the power will be in your finger tips Smile.

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Keywording Your Images

Keywording can be a tricky job for beginners. It is tough to come up with effective keywords and important to embed them in your IPTC file information tosaveyourself a lot of time in the future.

Getting the keywords

Take this image for example:

Rock Climbing A simple way to make sure you don’t forget any keywords is to answer the questions who, what, where, why, and when.

who: rock climber, woman, female, girl, person,

What: rock climbing, sport,extreme

Where: cliff

Why:activity, sport, fun, hobby,

When: summer

Then you may also want to consider some concept keywords such as: risk, danger, dangerous, fear

Embeding the Keywords in the IPTC Information

To save yourself a lot of work in the future, you should imbed your keywords, as well as the title and description in the IPTC information. To do this you can probably use your favorite editing program. The most popular editing software such as iPhoto, Lightroom, Aperature, Adobe Bridge, and Photoshop all of resources to do this. If you are just starting out and don’t have access to any of these programs, another option is Microsoft PhotoInfo. It is free and works very well.

Here is a video tutorial on editing your keywords with photoshop from thesupe87

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