Creator: Your Name (your name or alias)

Headline: USA – 2020 – Event name in City (example)

Description (Image Specific):  (Person) (attends/performs/backstage/portrait) (event name) at (location) on (date) in (City, State).


Date Created

Sublocation: Venue Name

City: Los Angeles

State: California (spelled out, no abbreviations)

Country: United States, United Kingdom, etc

Country Code: USA, UK, etc

Source: The Photo Access

Headline (example): USA – 2020 – iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas – Day 1 or USA – 2020 – iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas

Description (example): Drummer Travis Barker of Blink 182 performs at the iHeartRadio Music Festival Day 1 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 11, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Keywords (example when applicable): iHeartRadio, Music, Festival, Travis Barker, Blink 182, Drummer, Drumming, On Stage, Concert, Performing, Performs, Live, Musician, Celebrity, Tom Ford suit, Gucci sunglasses, sun glasses, 2020, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, MGM Grand Garden Arena,

Additional Keywords (ONLY when applicable): Full Length, Full Body, Eye Contact, Looking At Camera, Headshot, Waist Up, Celebrity, Musician, Actress, Actor, Arrivals, Inside, One Person, Female, Smiling, Vertical, Horizontal etc.

If talent is wearing a designer label, have Gucci or Louis Vuitton in the keywords, are they normally a brunette and they’re bleach blond in the photo, anything specific to the image that will help sell… Think when an editor wants a photo of Britney Spears there’s 100,000+ images, but if the editor wants a smiling or over the shoulder or headshot image of Britney there is now 5,000 images to search, but they want it from 2017 so now there’s 500 images and they want full body, eye contact, vertical image and now it’s narrowed down to 50 images from them to choose in essence.  Additionally every system is different and some systems only search keywords, some only descriptions and some both but it makes Keywords crucial to simple search for your image to consider licensing.

(Adobe Lightroom example above)


(Adobe Bridge example above)

Metadata naming requirements above.

XPIKS (Free Metadata Program):

Adobe Lightroom (30 Day Free – reg. $9.99/mo):

Camera Bits: Photo Mechanic (30 Day Free):