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10 Questions for a founder : WordsEye

Most people are familiar with Artificial Intelligence capable of understanding images or videos and describing its content. But what about the opposite: asking the same machine to generate visual content based on a textual description? This is exactly what WordsEye solves.  While the current 3D rendering might appear simplistic,  this could very well be a first glimpse into the future of photography and video.  Creators will no longer need to travel to capture a scene but rather just imagine it and have computers create it.…

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What’s next for visual story telling?

Meet Storyo, the Portuguese company that is committed to revolutionize the way visual content is created and shared The future of visual story telling session at Mobile Photo Connect this year will feature Filipe Vasconcellos, CEO of Storyo, a startup that is tackling the challenges involved in building and sharing visual memories. To learn more about this startup’s technology we interviewed Manuel Costa, the company’s CTO. Why did you create Storyo? Back in 2014,  we developed our first algorithms for solving what we realized to…

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Study : The Rise Of User-Generated Photos

Key findings from galleri5’s survey on online photo sharing Since the beginning of human evolution, communication has been visual first and foremost. In today’s interconnected digital world, the mobile & social revolution is leading to an explosion of digital visual content at a pace never imagined before. Nearly 1.8 billion photos are uploaded and shared on social media every single day from everyday users like you and me. This power of user-generated visual content had both intrigued and excited us at galleri5. With more mobile…

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Snapchat’s uncertain future

It all started in a classroom. Somewhere a teenager thought that exchanging info during a class using Snapchat would be foolproof because if caught, the item had already been deleted automatically. From there, Snapchat took off. Feeding on tweens insatiable appetite to communicate secretly between each other a million times a day without being caught, either by peers or authority, the ephemeral photo app became a sensation. So much so that today, it is poised to take rank in the otherwise very closed club of…

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Photo-Sharing Apps Change The Game For Restaurants

A fresh order of quesadillas, the crisp scarlet tablecloth, upbeat music playing in the background … and a patron, standing on a chair to take the perfect Instagram picture. With the proliferation of photo-sharing apps like Instagram, such a sight has become a common scene at restaurants, drastically impacting how restaurants operate, market themselves and even serve customers. As Instagram continues to flourish, serving over 400 million active users, restaurants are presented with a surge of user-generated content—and a plethora of opportunity. Despite the constant evolution…

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10 Questions to a Professor : Lauren Walsh

Photography has experienced major shifts in the last half-century and is on the path to experience even more. Not only have our cameras evolved dramatically but how we consume images has exploded in multiple formats. And photojournalism has been in the eye of the storm. No longer do we view a few amount of carefully curated images selected by well-trained gatekeepers but instead thousands of unfiltered photos spread out throughout our various social media feeds.   How does photojournalism evolve ? What constitute an iconic photograph…

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10 questions for a founder : Stupeflix

With all the talks about video becoming the number media on the internet, little is said about how much more complex it is than text or photos. The elements of motion and sound, as well as timing , file size or even rendering, have made mass market adoption slow, outside of live broadcasts. Stupeflix has already 3 apps on the market which have greatly simplified the process, including Replay an automated editing app. We sat down to talk with Nicola Steegman, founder of Stupeflix, after…

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Indie photo app beats well-funded competitors to secure its own funding

Shutta, the photo-from-video app that formally launched at TechCrunch Disrupt’s Startup Alley in New York in May this year, has secured a $260,000 seed round from a small consortium of European angel investors after beating its main competitors’ growth figures hands down and on a fraction of the budget. The app, developed single-handedly by indie developer James Shimell (in his spare time!), was well-received by visitors and fellow developers at the NY tech conference, but garnered only lukewarm attention from the press and investors at…

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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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