The importance of captions

Just recently I have been catching up with my submissions to a stock agency that I have neglected for a while. They specialise in the music and arts, and it has been three years since I last submitted to them for a variety of reasons. This means that I have had to go right back to January 2010 for some of my music-related images and get them ready for uploading.

It has been interesting and has made me realise just how much I have shot and also, sadly, what a mess my files are in. Whilst most of the big names are recognisable many of the sidesmen I did not caption at the time, always meaning to go back to them “within a couple of days” but of course things crop up and some have been left. It has been a fairly mammoth task to try and identify people in some instances. Thanks to the exif data that modern cameras put on the digital files I can easily identify the date of the shoot (yes, keep the date accurate on your camera) and in most cases my kind friends at the Turner Sims Concert Hall have been able to come up with back issues of their programmes.

It has taught me a valuable lesson, and I pass the advice on for you to learn from my experience. It is boring, there is always something more exciting to do etc. etc. but DON’T PUT IT OFF or you will regret it later down the line.

 

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About Gerry Walden

I am a stock photographer with far more years of experience than I would care to mention. Located in Southampton (UK) I am sandwiched between two national parks and my home town is a major seaport. I shoot mostly people related images, and travel when I can. I am resident photographer at a major concert venue in the town which means I get to shoot a variety of musicians.
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