Improved search: section navigation integrated for better results

fotocommunity offers you an infinite number of photos on completely different topics and interests. That´s why we standardized the navigation. Now you are able to reach these different thematic areas everywhere within fotocommunity the same way.

After you became acquainted with the new drill-down navigation tool implemented into the section navigation, upload and edit form, in the last step it has been integrated into the photo search engine.

This navigation allows you to narrow a search to individual sections. You can now find more targeted photos for your search terms – and exactly what you want to see.

fotocommunity has many other sections with interesting images as well for your search term. For this reason, we offer you additional sections, which also match the search term, taking the selected subsection into account.

Now you can also browse in other sections of fotocommunity and let yourself be inspired by your chosen search term.

The searchability of sections offers you the further possibility that your photos are even better found by other users. Because the deeper you upload your photos into subsections of fotocommunity, the higher the probability that your images will be found and viewed.

Each section displays all images from all subsections. If you load your image directly into a main category without selecting a subsection, the image can only be found in the first layer – the global view of the main section. But if a visitor jumps directly into a deeper subsection, he will never be able to see your photo.

However, regardless of any chosen section or subsection a mandatory requirement for your pictures to be found by keywords is, of course, a correct indexing.

Related to tagging photos I´ve added a short, helpful guideline some time ago.

Enjoy fotocommunity!

     Matthias Moritz

Important: tag your photos! Here is a short guideline

Assign keywords to your photos

Every day thousands of photos are uploaded to fotocommunity. But how can you be sure your photos will be found some days later? This is, why „tagging“ should be an important part of your workflow before publishing a photo.

Tagging your photos means that you describe them with matching keywords, so that your photos are easily found by the users in relevant search results.

The choice of the right keywords is crucial, because even a great photo is completely useless if it is not found. E.g., if you search for „roses“, only photos containing these tags are displayed. Other images tagged as „flower“, „plant“ or „beautiful“ will not be displayed, even, if they have roses as a motif.

However, you should avoid tags that do not fit into the content, since the corresponding images would otherwise displayed inappropriate in search results.

Even if its a painstaking work and you feel tempted to skip that step: effective keywording is a helpful tool to increase the visibility of your photos! In general you should use 10 up to 25 terms. Use single terms as much as possible to improve future search results. Avoid special characters (like „&“), except they are important national characters, you want to use (e.g. ñ, ø,…)

You can create your own sequence and it also depends on the motif, but this list can be taken into consideration:


Describe the main subject of your photo with the most basic terms, choose particular attributes that really stand out.


Where was the picture taken? E.g. add the country, area, National Park, city, place, street, etc.

Image details

Define the focus: is it a tree, a twig or just a leaf?


If its a main creative element, add conditions, like rain, fog, thunderstorm, snow, etc.


Summer, winter, autumn, spring, Easter, Christmas, etc.

Day time

Night, morning; consider also dawn, sunset, twilight

Emotions or inspirations

Does your photo express a feeling? Use attributes like: lonely, abandoned, crowded, sad, happy, etc.


Sometimes it may be important to add your equipment: Canon 60D, Tamron 17-50mm F/2,8 XR Di II VC LD, Polarizer, ND filter, etc.

Think like a searcher. Users are often looking for themes or keywords. This could be specific, but also at a general level. Use tags that cover the full range of your photo.

Check your spelling! The search will not find misspelled words and so your photo would not be listed within the search results.


Its not appropriate giving your photo tags that do not fit into the photo. Your pictures appear in inappropriate situations and cause annoyance to other users. You will not get more viewers, but more complaints.

For the benefit of all members of fotocommunity: please use only suitable tags.

The section framework is back today!

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Dear members!

For  the last weeks we have focused on realizing our high priority work package. And we are glad to present its result today: the new section framework.

Sections are thematically organized areas, to which from now on photos can be assigned during upload. By assigning a photo to a section, finding specific photos will be easier. Sections will structure the large variety of photo scenes thematically. Thus they offer you easier navigation and a wide range of inspiration.

The section framework  went live today and now ist possible again to navigate through sections in all categories and to upload or move pictures into sections. In a second step we will enable the search through individual sections, but we ask for your patience, because it will be implemented after the turn of the year.

Right now we wish you a lot of fun exploring the different sections!


Team fotocommunity

Complete Membership: special offer ending soon!

The current discount for the complete membership ends soon.

The discounted offer of our complete membership (including Adobe PS & LR) ends on 21.11.2016.

Get the complete membership now for the discounted price of 175,89 € for 12 months instead of 191,88 €.

You will save € 62.79 in the first year compared to an individual purchase.

The complete membership includes:

All benefits of the premium membership (fotocommunity World) in all language versions:

Adobe Creative Cloud Photography including Adobe Photoshop  & Adobe Lightroom

Find detailed information following the link:

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fotocommunity advancement: new design of friends list

Your feedback is important to us

Due to a lot of feedbacks from our members we started to improve and optimize the well-known friends list. We have adapted them to the current design and added some new and easy to access functions.

You will now have a clear and detailed overview of your contacts via 4 different riders:

public friends
Whom I follow
Who follows me
Who do I ignore

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The list can be sorted according to 4 different criteria:

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Important note:

Privacy is very important to us. We understand that there are situations where you do not want other members to see whom you follow. Therefore, you can enable and disable this option at any time in the privacy settings.

However, the list of members following you is not affected. And thats for a reason: because every photographer is an artist. And art is admired by others. And admiration is not at the discretion of the artist but the admirer. The artist himself control influence: he can decide which art he admires. And he can decide whether he wants to uncover, whom he admires (that is whom he follows).

So you cannot influence the decision of others following you. But you may decide to publish or not your own favorite artists.

Privacy settings

If you do not want to show, whom you follow, you can disable this option. Just set the checkmark “Don’t show who I follow – neither lists nor my notifications” in your privacy settings.

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