Understanding Images

Our relationship with the camera, the lens and the image is evolving. The static stance of capturing a moment in a photograph is still there, but this is rapidly changing. With the help of new emerging technologies, photography is becoming ubiquitous and pervasive. The advent of machine vision, deep learning, semantic search, augmented reality and virtual reality among other exponential technologies will inspire us to discover, create and experience more great imagery than ever before in human history. Intelligent algorithms will inspire and teach us to…

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10 Questions for a Founder : Imagga

While big companies like Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Facebook pour millions into visual content recognition in order to make sense of the billions of images uploaded to their services, smaller companies offer the same solutions to anyone interested in using deep learning to classify images and videos automatically. Straight out of Bulgaria and with years of on the field experience for a variety of companies, Imagga is one that certainly carries its weight in this field. We caught up with founder and CEO Georgi Kadrev to…

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Facial recognition

There is money in your face

Facial recognition  has been around for a while. At first and for a long time, it was only used for auto-tagging familiar faces on social media and in photo albums. Meanwhile, security agencies and law enforcement found that it could become an invaluable tool in their ongoing battle against crime fueling its development, to the dismay of civil liberties  organisation. But it is not until very recently that the field has discovered that it could bring much more, in the form of hard advertising cash. Beyond…

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Tapping the Power of Photos For Ad Targeting

  Yes, I had to start this column with the visuals above — because I’ll be talking about how images and videos are replacing text  as digital’s primary communications “language”. Look at any major website, or tap into your mobile device, and that conclusion becomes obvious. Billions of photos are being shared daily, slide shows are dominating entertainment and sports sites, and striking images seem to be anchoring all content. While publishers have embraced the maxim that “photos speak louder than words,” advertisers are now…

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Why does real photography matter?

On October 26, I participated in a fireside chat about “Real Photography” at the DMLA’s annual conference. 1 Ostensibly about “what new technologies are doing for photography”, it became a place and a time for everyone – not just the panelists, but the entire room – to talk about anything happening at the intersection of photography and technology. 2 One lesson: any conversation today that starts out about “real photography” inevitably turns into a debate about selfies. Should that be a surprise? A photo posted…

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Canon, Imaging Mind and EyeEm Team Up to Present Photo Hack Day 2015

Canon, a leader in imaging solutions, Imaging Mind, a futuristic agency and visual culture community and EyeEm, a creative community and marketplace for photography, have partnered to present the fourth annual Photo Hack Day, Berlin on 28 November. The event, a 24-hour coding marathon, brings together the most creative developers, designers and photographers from across Europe and challenges them to prototype new photo applications that revolutionise the way we take, see and interact with images. “InfoTrends reports that 810 billion photos were taken worldwide in 2014.…

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Study shows users would do a lot more if given the right photo tools

What if consumers were no longer doomed to drown in their ever-growing pool of photos? What if they could easily find the photos they care about in a matter of seconds? These are the core questions addressed in the new “Photos at your Fingertips” study, conducted by mobile photo research firm Suite 48 Analytics. The firm asked 1009 North American smartphone and digital camera photographers to assess various photo organizing methods, as well as the expected impact hypothetical “Photos at your Fingertips” solutions would have…

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10 Questions for a founder : Kite

On could think of Kite as the Stripe of the photo printing world. With just the addition of an SDK or API, it adds full printing and delivery capabilities to any photo app. For free. With photo printing on the rise- a recent study shows that the numbers of users ordering photo products from apps has doubled since 2013- Kite offers an appealing rapid development solution that can quickly put an app on the path of profitability. In fact, it is hard to understand why…

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Brand logo monitoring leave marketers hungry for more

Unbeknownst to social media fanatics, they are being watched. With billions of photos shared daily on a variety of social media, a giant opportunity has opened up for brands to stealthily  track how consumers interact with their products or services.  Advances in content recognition has made logo detection within vast sets of images easier and with solutions on the market for the last 8 years as well as brands eager to better understand the consumption of their product, it should be a slam dunk. But…

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How future cameras may be able to auto-tag your photos

With over a trillion photos created every year, one feature that could help people make sense of their massive photo collections could be object-recognition and automatic tagging. If your camera and photo management software can figure out what’s in your shots, it’ll make searching through old photos much easier and intuitive. Companies and researchers are working hard on pushing this field forward. Photo sharing services are already adding auto-tagging to their systems — Flickr and Google had to work out some early “racist” bugs —…

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