I started developing MyKeyworder in 2010 while trying to combine my love of photography with my desire to learn to code with my interest in machine learning with my hope to make keywording less time-consuming. The project was originally called "ShutterChance" after a Japanese teenager who approached me to take her picture. At the time I was already thinking about making the web application but then it dawned on me that keywording must be even harder if English is the dominant language through which internet-based image searches are performed but the image creators didn't speak English well. In fact, even while creating this tool for photographers, I have had many people contact me saying that they find the tool useful as a means of acquiring knowledge of the English language. Over the years, as technology has improved, I have re-written the tool over and over. Those who have been using the tools since the beginning will have seen at least four major User Interface changes based on their feedback as well as experimentation with lots of additional features like grammar highlighting, auto-suggest and others - many of which have to be either partially or fully re-written as software capabilities improve over time. I always welcome feedback, although I can't promise I can implement them all as this is just a side project for me - but still one I hope helps the creative community as a whole. If you really like the tool and would like to support it, please consider donating. It helps pay for fees such as web hosting, domain registration and my donations to other services used behind the scenes.
8 Jan 2017: The image recognition service moved into production today. This tool offers people the ability to generate keywords directly from images by using trained models to identify the contents of images. The service offers the ability to generate keywords from images stored on the web or alternatively by uploading images to MyKeyworder. In the near future an API will become available for systematic use.
5 Nov 2016: After several years of crowdfunding from visitors to MyKeyworder, I finally found someone who shared by passion for photography and my desire to make keywording within Lightroom easier. Over the last few months Rasmus and I have been creating MyKeyworder for Lightroom to bring the power of MyKeyworder as a plugin for Lightroom users and today I can announce that the first version of the plugin is live for our visitors to download and use. Try it out. We hope you find it as useful as we do.
27 Sep 2016: It felt like time for an upgrade of the entire site to make use of new technologies that would enable both th lightroom plugin and the website itself to perform faster.
22 Feb 2014: How do you find a photographer/artist/designer who produces consistently good images in styles that you like? Until now, that was a time-consuming question to answer - it is often the case that although a photographer has created one image that fits your needs, that is the only one in that style. So what if you know you will need similar images in consistent styles? You can find the answer quickly and easily with "Find Creatives".