As you already know Keywords are the life of your images; here is a technique we use here at our studio for adding Metadata to images. Download a demo of: Photo Mechanic here.
Download My Keyword List Here (copy & paste this list into your text editor)
You can use my Keyword list & modify it to fit your needs with any Text editor, this keyword list is simply to be used as a starting point. For you Mac users I highly recommend you download a free copy of Text Wrangler to edit my list or make your own. If your are tech savvy you can make your list with a spreadsheet & export out a .txt file. Use my List as a go-by, notice your Main subject Keyword is in [Brackets] then your related keywords are Tabbed under your main subject keyword. Download a Video Screenshot here of my technique using a combination of Light Room and Photo Mechanic.
- First import my custom keyword list into Photo Mechanic: Open Photo Mechanic > Menu > Image > Structure Keywords Panel – At the bottom of the Structure Keywords Panel click on “Load” & select your keyword list
- Select one of your images from Photo Mechanics Grid view
- Click on the little “I” which is located in the bottom left hand corner of your thumbnail
- Enter your Caption, Object Name (which is the same as the Title) & then use the Structured Keywords tool to enter Keywords (click on the drop down arrow to the right of the Keywords field)
- Double click on which Keywords you want to add in your image – Click Apply
- Now the cool part, click on the drop down arrow to the right of the Keywords field & select Edit Keywords
- Edit Keywords will show your Keywords in alphabetical order, you can also delete, add or change keywords here > Click OK
- Now the second cool part – if your next image is similar just Copy, select the next image & Paste. If there are minor changes to be made you can quickly edit the Caption, Object Name & Keywords
- Light Room – In Light Room your metadata is automatically populated, if it is not simply select your thumbnails > Menu > Metadata > Read Metadata from files – Done!