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The value of free photos

The value of free photos

With Adobe Stock now joining the club, all stock photo agencies now offer free photos. How does free work with selling content and who benefits? Read More →

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It’s here, it’s live…it’s a badge

It’s here, it’s live…it’s a badge

For most of the world, it has absolutely no interest. For the few that still rely on licensing photos to make a living, it’s a big deal. Google Image search now features a “where to license” badge under some of the images it returns after a query. Read More →

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A slippery road

A slippery road

How the implementation of article 17 of the European Copyright directive is going to deepen the value gap rather than fix it for photographers. Read More →

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Pimloc gets $1.8M for its AI-based visual search and redaction tool

Pholio as a “specialist search and discovery platform” for large image and video collections and live streams (such as those owned by art galleries or broadcasters) — and also launched a second tool powered by its deep learning platform. This product, Secure Redact, offers privacy-focused content moderation tools — enabling its users to find and redact personal data in visual content. on 21 Oct 2020
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Qualcomm announces photo verification tool

The new feature allows users to take a photo that has a digital signature to prove its provenance, including where and when the photo was taken. on 16 Oct 2020
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Microsoft’s new image-captioning AI will help accessibility in Word, Outlook, and beyond

The algorithm achieved the highest ever scores on an image-captioning benchmark known as “nocaps.” This is an industry-leading scoreboard for image captioning. on 15 Oct 2020
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There’s a way to pick the absolute best images for your content: Apply AI

This new model has found a reliable way to predict an image’s likely “popularity” (estimation of the likelihood the image will get a like on Instagram). on 02 Oct 2020
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Researchers teach an AI to generate logical images based on text captions

new research on a type of artificial intelligence that is able to generate basic (though obviously nonsensical) images based on a concept presented to the machine as a caption. on 01 Oct 2020
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Facebook will let people claim ownership of images and issue takedown requests

In an update to its rights management platform, the company is starting to work with certain partners today to give them the power to claim ownership over images and then moderate where those images show up across the Facebook platform, including on Instagram on 21 Sep 2020
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Software to block explicit content while it is filmed or streamed developed

Technology is being developed that can block sexual or violent content as it is being filmed, shared or livestreamed, which could help safeguard hundreds of thousands of children. on 24 Aug 2020
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Google researchers use AI to generate 3D models from random Internet images

The system works by taking 'in the wild' unconstrained images of a particular location -- tourist images of a popular attraction, for example -- and using an algorithm to turn them into a dynamic, complex, high-quality 3D model. on 13 Aug 2020
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The ubertification of photography

It made a giant noise as it caught everyone by surprise — $230 million investment in a company providing photo services.  After Adobe’s $800 million purchase of French microstock photo company Fotolia, Pond 5’s $64 million investment and Shutterstock’s  $76.5 million IPO, it is the highest figures ever seen invested

Leaving one’s comfort zone: What can we learn from the Google Pixel 4?

Let’s say your company has developed very strong expertise that could be applied to other use cases or markets than those you’ve successfully pursued. That makes it very tempting to expand. However, while some companies do this successfully, a large number of others learn through the school of hard knocks

10 questions to a founder : Generated Photos

While the release of this person does not exist by three researchers created a massive wave of buzz, it never went beyond curiosity. When Ivan Braun and his team launched Generated Photos, the interest changed to concern and apprehension. Generating human portraits via AI was no longer a research paper but a real,

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Photography’s misconceptions

Depending on who you ask, photo prints are up, or down. Depending on where you look, DSLRs are dead, or not. If you ask VC’s consumer photo apps are out, if you ask developers, they are a hot item. The only certitude, one all seem to agree on is that

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