I was just browsing photodune, and I am concerned that there are over 150,000 files.
That’s great, but can anybody compete with that many files?
Are you going for quantity > quality?
What I am getting at is, if I wanted to take a picture of a “women” and then sell it, because there are lots of women pictures by the same author(s), it’d make it difficult to perhaps attract sales?
- Exclusive Author
- Has been a member for 5-6 years
- Sold between 10 000 and 50 000 dollars
- Envato Studio (Microlancer) Beta Tester
- Beta Tester
- Repeatedly Helped protect Envato Marketplaces against copyright violations
- Author had a Free File of the Month
- Bought between 50 and 99 items
- Referred between 10 and 49 users
well is a stock photo website, 150.000 items is like nothing comparing to some other websites out there.
but the search on envato is not adequate to handle so many files. I would look at corbis and istock for inspiration on how search should work. I like the istock one because you can very easy stack tags and find some particular artwork, but at the corbis I can open a photo and find out search terms and tags that would have never passed through my mind. In fact when i search for stuff I first get myself some alternative words from corbis search and use them here or on other places.
but to many files?
well this search I’ve made found no photos
the search on envato is not adequate to handle so many files
They actually need a lot more files, and a much better search. There needs to be a disambiguation feature, so that if I type in “coffee” it should prompt me with:
Did you mean: coffee (drink) coffee (plant) coffee (food product) coffee (shop) coffee (social event)
These are not hard to program. I made one back in 2007 for a video search engine for a workplace injury database. There were about 100,000 videos of people demonstrating the right and wrong way to do different job-related tasks. I created a table structure to map jobs and synonyms so that you could type “plant” and be prompted with:
Did you mean: plant (item - landscaping element) plant (action - gardening) plant (item - factory)
I even used the Porter stemming algorithm so you could type in “planting”, “plant”, “planted”, etc. and get the appropriate results.