How to get the best out of Dashmote

Dashmote is not like any other photo search platform.  Because our system combines content from a wide range of different providers,  it has the ability to give you some amazingly precise results.  However, this also means that if your search terms are too broad, you may not get exactly what you are looking for.  Luckily, we have a team of search-wizards here at Dashmote who are jumping out of their seats to share this information with you.  So, here it is! Just what you’ve been waiting for….


Dashmote’s Ultimate Guide for Search Result Optimization!


First, let’s start with some basic ground rules:


1. Search in English

Unfortunately, Dashmote is currently only searchable in English.  So, unless you are searching for the term “burrito,” you may be better off saving that broken Spanish for happy hour on Margarita Monday.

2. Avoid long sentences

Your grade school teacher isn’t watching. Go ahead and forget about punctuation, articles, and all that other unimportant stuff.

3. Use keywords

Bring it down to basics. For example, if you want people in your image, add people to your search.  It’s that simple!


“People” and “Beach” vs. Only “Beach”

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4. Try things out!

If you search for content and find few results, this does not necessarily mean there is no content.  Play around with different keywords and you will likely be able to find what you are looking for.


5. Use emotions!

I know you are all thinking: “Emotions? What are those?!”

Yes, you know. those things we keep bottled up inside under our extremely tough exteriors.  Many of us are not used to implementing emotions & concepts into our image searches, so we don’t always think to use these terms as keywords.  However, it can actually be quite useful!  Checkout the difference in results:


“Sad Monkey” vs. “Happy Monkey”



Well, there you have it!

You never have to browse through pages of sad monkeys ever again.

Now that you know the basics, you can get even more specific.


Here are some tips to expand your results:

1. Find more keywords

Get creative. Try looking on Google or Wikipedia to find some information about the person, place, or thing.  If you need an image promoting travel to a specific city, you can expand your options by focusing in on certain attractions.


2. Search both broad & narrow

If you simply want an image of a beach, go ahead and search “beach.” You will have no problem. But if you are looking for children playing on the beach, you will find more results searching “children” AND “beach” together.


3. Try different angles & views

Play around with different perspectives. If you take the term “city” and add “panorama,” you will see different results compared to searching “city” and “aerial.”



Here are some different angles you can search:

  • Panorama

  • Macro

  • Perspective

  • Aerial

  • Closeup

  • Angle

  • Micro

*Here’s a hint: If you want to get creative, try searching adding the the term “Bokeh” to your search.  And if you want to know about other up-and-coming photo trends you can checkout some more ideas here!


4. Add Themes

Here are some useful examples:

  • local
  • Hdr
  • commercial
  • animated
  • urban
  • real
  • nature
  • inspirational
  • patterns
  • background
  • sunny
  • cartoon
  • calm
  • winter
  • cloudy
  • abstract
  • rough
  • summer
  • rainy
  • downtown
  • scenic
  • spring
  • fall
  • architectural


5. Try Objects

If you find that your search is still too broad, you can try specifying which objects you would like in the image. For example, while searching for “Netherlands,” you will get an equal amount of tulips, windmills, houses, flags, canals, and all those other Dutch-y things.  So, if you are specifically looking for houses in the Netherlands, add the term “houses” and you will find much better results.


6. Try Colors

Colors may have a surprising impact on your search results.  Below are two examples of search results.  The top image shows results from searching the term “park.”  On the bottom, you see results for “green park.”


7. Find a style you like best

Are you finding that you are repeatedly attracted to the same style of photo? Try filtering by provider.  This will usually give you more a consistent style of images. VOILÀ! An instant makeover for your search result page.  



Now you’re a pro!


With this knowledge, human intelligence and artificial intelligence can combine to bring you some pretty awesome photos.