Keywords - Overview

Keywords allow you to organise images, both for internal categorisation and to easily give structure to website galleries. On websites, keyword pages can be used to pull in content with certain keywords, allowing visitors to navigate and discover further.

Keywords can be added by photographers during their editing process, so any important information is captured and attached to content in the system for later use.

Keyword types

There are two types of keywords - simple keywords and namespaced keywords.

As you can see by the different icons, artist, day and stage are namespaced keywords, while Crowd and People are simple keywords.

Simple Keywords

Simple keywords are useful for organising images by theme, content or descriptor to help users find content. For example, tagging things like Crowd or Fireworks so that those images are easy to find in future. With large galleries, it's also a good idea to tag best and noteworthy images (we suggest Highlights).

Namespaced keywords

Namespaced keywords are used to group together keywords of the same type.

They are useful for cataloguing things like artists, areas or events.

This example shows an image with artist: and day: keywords.

In the music festival gallery demo below, the Artists page is configured to pull in images keyworded with the artist: namespace. For example, artist:Long Thief and artist:Lovely Vista. This automatically populates the page to show all the artist images from the festival.

Namespaced keyword conventions

Namespaced keywords use this format:

  • The namespace should always be lowercase followed by a colon (:), e.g. artist: or stage:
  • There should be no space before or after the :, e.g. artist:Coldplay not artist : Coldplay
  • The item after the namespace should be written in standard case e.g. day:Saturday

DPG will try and correct some keyword formatting issues for you, but you should still try and follow these rules.

Keywords are case-sensitive so artist:Lana Del Rey is different from artist:LANA DEL REY. Inconsistent capitalisation will result in duplicate keywords showing up in your gallery. You can correct keyword case by using the rename function or by validating your keywords with the correct case before the event.


Some suggestions for festival keywords:

  • day:Saturday
  • artist:Taylor Swift
  • stage:Main Stage
  • area:Campsite
  • Individual keywords such as People, Food and Drink, Fireworks
  • Highlights

Viewing keywords

You can see all the keywords in your account by visiting the keywords section.

When working on a specific event it's always best to show just the keywords for the gallery you are working on, by going into the relevant set.

You can create a custom shortcut to the Gallery page to make it even easier to navigate there.

Adding keywords to images

Keywords can be added in image editing software such as Adobe Lightroom and imported by using the Get details from image metadata option on the image upload screen in DPG.

Users and admins can add or remove keywords using the DPG interface.

Viewing keywords on the site

You can view images with a specific keyword on the website by adding the following to the gallery URL:


For example, to view the Crowd keyword:

You can also chain keywords by separating them with a comma in the url:,Crowd this shows the People and Crowd keywords.

Dynamic keywords

Dynamic keywords are pre-configured to automatically replace the generic part of a keyword with the actual value pulled from the metadata. This allows you to easily add keywords for the creator of the image, the day of the week and the year that it was taken.

This is useful for keywords pages - such as a weekend-long event with keywords for each day, or simply to help you organise an account with a lot of content by its creator.

Keyword profiles

Keyword profiles allow you to add extra information and links to a keyword page, which is great for brands and sponsors or to add information to public galleries.

Searching for keywords

You can use the search tool to find images which either match or don't match the keyword you are looking for.