At scruffy dog stock photos we strive to make your stock-image search as fluid and productive as possible. We have compiled the following tips for searching the SDSP site to give you the best results for your various projects’ requirements.
BREED: For the sake of organization, the site is set up by breeds. You can obviously start on the GALLERIES page and choose the breed or type of dog or cat you are searching for.
KEYWORD LINKS: When scrolling through the images, you will quickly develop a feel as to how we keyword our images here at SDSP. Keywords are found under each photo. We work tirelessly at our keywords, striving for accurate and exact keywords that lead you to the right images. To read more about specific keywords, scroll down!
If there is a type of image that is suiting your needs, you can refer to the keywords associated with that photo. These keywords are links to even more photos that share the same keyword!
You can click and view by a single keyword ... or group the keywords you see together by using the Search bar.
MORE SPECIFIC SEARCHES
SEARCH BAR: For more specific results, use the search bar (located at top of page or in the slide-out menu on the left). With searches, the goal is to narrow down your results by refining the keywords.
Use commas to separate keywords! For example, you might be looking for a photo of a dog in a natural grassy setting, surrounded by grasses, who is clearly happy. You would plug in the following search:
grasses, happy or grass, smiling
Maybe you want that happy dog in the grasses to be staring right up into the camera? Simply add the appropriate keyword to your string:
"look upward", grasses, happy
In another scenario, you might be looking for a small, white dog who has been groomed, running in an open field. Try:
small, white, groomed, running, field or little, white, groomed, running, grass
(Obviously there is no need to use the word 'dog' in your search here at scruffy dog stock photos!)
In the above examples, by adding a dog's color or coat type you will narrow the search even further.
Running will obviously garner thousands of results, but being more specific like: running, coming will give you dogs who are running directly to the camera vs. dogs coming to the camera in a walk, or dogs running broadside across the frame.
Running, broadside will give you dogs running across the frame.
Running, flying or running, airborn will give you dogs who are not only running, but in full flight with four off the floor!
Use " " to give you exact results.
For instance: "dried grasses" will garner results where dried grasses are a significant feature of the landscape vs. "grasses" which could be green grasses or dried grasses.
COLOR: Some clients require stock images where a predominant color is featured. At SDSP we have coded these types of images with the added word "COLOR...". So, by searching for "color red" or "color blue" (using the quotation marks), your results will include images where red or blue is the predominant color, not photos of dogs that are red or blue-grey. "color brown" will give you results that feature the color brown vs. images that might include a brown dog.
SPECIFIC DOG / MODEL: If, during your searching through the SDSP portfolio, there is a specific dog/model that happens to catch your eye, the best way to see more images of that dog is to actually use that dog's name as a search term! In most cases the model's name (or at least the 'session name') can be found in the Photo ID located under each photo when viewed large. For example, if Jake the Springer Spaniel has caught your eye as the possible mascot for your next campaign, rather than scroll through the entire 'SPANIEL' folder, simply type "jake" in the search bar!
A little familiarity with SDSP's keywording hierarchy will certainly aid in your search for specific types and styles of images, camera angles, and even the overall feel of an image based on mood. As mentioned, paying attention to the keywords listed as links under every photo is one way to search the portfolio for image that are similar to an image you might be looking at.
But to assist you further, here are just a few SDSP keywords that might be significant to the image search for your project.
negative space - images which much greater negative space than others, but with a background that is a little cleaner or less busy, giving you ample room for your ad copy
minimal - images where the background is very clean and uncluttered, providing good space for copy
extendable background - images where the background can be easily extended to provide even more ad space
artistic - images with an unusual angle, crop or framing
landscape - images where the dog is a smaller part of the bigger landscape
overhead or "high angle" - used when the camera is over the subject
look upward - used when the camera angle is overhead and the subject is looking up
look skyward - the dog is looking up (at the sky, a tree, etc.)
look away - animal is looking away from the camera
PRIME - this is a keyword placed on certain images where the capture is rare ... most times this designation is given because the subject's expression and the capture is rare and not easily reproduced. Images with a PRIME designation aren't priced any higher, however, please know that they may not be eligible for smaller budgets or discounts.
expression - this keyword is applied to images where the animal is obviously giving us a strong expression, but not wanting to limit your search results we don't define specific expressions as these are highly subjective. If you are looking for images that exude expression, try this keyword!