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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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O! the Hypocrisy

O! the Hypocrisy

Every year, like clockwork, the World Press organization reveals its selection of winning images and photo essays for what it considers the best photos of the year.This year, as the world is in lockdown, nothing has changed. Out of 73,996 photographs entered by 4,282 photographers from 125 countries, a few were selected as the top Read More →

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The things that kill themselves

The things that kill themselves

The particularity of the photo industry is its death wish. At its core, everything and everyone in this industry seems hell-bent into destroying itself and, along with it, the whole industry. Take PDN, for example. Long considered the monthly bible of professional photographers with its tall vertical pages, its authoritarian product reviews, and its industry-leading Read More →

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Google Testing Thumbnail Images in Text Search Results

Google is testing the use of thumbnails images in different search contexts. The first version is in the search engine results page (SERP). The second version is using thumbnail images in the Google Suggest drop down. on 07 Jul 2020
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'DeepFaceDrawing' AI can turn simple sketches into detailed photo portraits

The software produces photo-realistic images from even incomplete drawings. on 18 Jun 2020
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Hummingbirds see colors we can’t even imagine

Scientists have long known that birds probably have better color vision than humans do. Like most primates, humans are trichromatic—that is, our eyes have three types of color-sensitive receptors or cones: blue, green, and red. But birds have four color cones, meaning they are tetrachromatic. on 16 Jun 2020
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Facebook just released a database of 100,000 deepfakes to teach AI how to spot them

The best model, developed by Selim Seferbekov, a machine-learning engineer at mapping firm Mapbox, was able to detect whether a video was a deepfake with 65% accuracy when tested on a set of 10,000 previously unseen clips, including a mix of new videos generated by Facebook and existing ones taken from the internet. on 12 Jun 2020
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IBM exits facial recognition business, calls for police reform

The company will stop offering facial recognition software and opposes any use of such technology for purposes of mass surveillance and racial profiling, CEO Krishna said, who also called for new federal rules to hold police more accountable for misconduct. on 09 Jun 2020
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PhotoRoom automagically removes background from your photo

After selecting a photo, PhotoRoom removes the background from that photo and lets you select another background. When you’re done tweaking your photo, you can save the photo and open it in another app. on 05 Jun 2020
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The company that's saving us from unwanted facial recognition raises $13.5M

D-ID’s algorithm removes small features from photos so that they can’t be identified by biometric systems. on 03 Jun 2020
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Pinterest adds a ‘Shop’ tab to its Lens Camera search results to showcase matching in-stock products

To use the new shop tab, you first click the camera in the Search bar, and snap a photo or upload one. You’ll then see a “Shop” tab with shoppable Product Pins, including price and availability, along with links that deliver consumers to the retailer’s checkout page. on 01 Jun 2020
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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

The after image

The numbers are well known -billions of photos shared every day- and the habits well-entrenched- checking social media 40 times a day-. Every concert, every street performance, every incident, accident, spill, fall, weird dance, every anything that is out of the ordinary is filmed and photographed and immediately shared via

AI imaging news roundup: the good, bad, and ugly

New AI imaging products, research papers and scandals keep popping up – so, I thought it was a good idea to present a roundup of the AI imaging announcements of the last two weeks. Needless to say, there was a lot of commotion around FaceApp but, before we get into that, let’s

Gig Photography market: What’s in store?

I’d like to share a few thoughts spurred by our recently released Building the Gig Photo Economy study, as well as the conversations I’ve since had with quite a few folks using or supplying Gig Photography services. First of all, we live in an era of diminishing stigma against outsourcing household tasks

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