Category Archives: PhotoTech

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Flickr / Smugmug: The frog that ate the bull

Flickr’s acquisition by Smugmug, if anything, has reminded us that the grandfather of photo sharing site is not dead. Yet. Almost hidden in the weekend lull, the news surprised almost everyone paying attention to this space: It’s been a long while since Flickr grabbed the headlines. But beyond the unconventional lack of details, what does this acquisition forecast? Let’s look at the available numbers. Smugmug and Flickr, while sharing photos as a common denominator, have not much in common.  With 90 million monthly users, Flickr is 18 times bigger…

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Going blockchain? Two imaging examples

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking at the Global Blockchain Forum and immersing myself in this for me mostly new world of ICO seekers, self-proclaimed investors, blockchain developers, VCs suffering from FOMO, and libertarians and anarchists from all over the world for which the prime method of communication is Telegram – because you never know who’ll be looking over your shoulder… And yes, there were two interesting implementations of blockchain in the imaging world. [If you also have one or are working on one, please let me know so we could possibly…

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10 questions to a founder: Imatag

Publish an image online today and there is a very good chance that within a few days, there will be hundreds, if not thousands of copies of it throughout the internet.  None, unfortunately, will bear any information on who is the creator and how he/she can be found. This is not just an issue for professional photographers, who make a living by licensing images, but anyone who creates visuals to communicate, like marketers or social media manager. Because with each reuse comes the damaging potential…

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2 research that will change photography forever

A couple of research papers were recently published, both touching on advancement in computer vision and machine learning. While research papers are a common occurrence in this field, these two are worth reviewing a bit deeper, as their implication will have a wide impact once they mature. The first is a research organized by Nvidia for presentation at the upcoming International Conference on Learning Representation to be held in Vancouver this coming April. The purpose is to build a more efficient GAN  by growing both the generator and discriminator progressively.…

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18 Visual Storytelling Trends That Will Take Off in 2018

Who better to predict where visual storytelling is going than those who handle it on a daily basis? With 2018 right around the corner,  Libris by Photoshelter asked a few to make predictions on what they see as the dominating trend of the upcoming year. While there is no major group consensus, one thing is for sure, whatever it is, it will happen under our thumbs.Read on…. Dustin Drankoski | Art Director at Mashable | @downsmileyface 2018 is going to be a big year for vertical story. From Instagram…

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Statistics: How filters are used by Instagram’s most successful users

To facilitate execution of global, large-scale influencer marketing campaigns at Relatable we rely a lot on data to give us insights. Using a sample of about 2 million Instagram accounts (with a minimum of 1,000 followers) and 40 million posts I’ve been digging deep compiling statistics, finding insights, or just discovering some quirky facts. I will share those findings in a number of articles. Instagram filters are used to enhance photos, to give them that extra edge or just set the mood. But to what extent are they used?…

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Mobile Photo Connect : 10 Questions to a Founder : Lightricks

Outside of Instagram, the biggest success in the world of photo apps is certainly Facetune.  With millions of paid downloads, it was the number one paid app in over 120 countries. The creation of 5 Israeli friends, it certainly benefited from Instagram’s success and especially its insatiable appetite for selfies. But unlike Instagram, Lightricks, the company behind Facetune, is a real software development company. It currently has 6 different photo/video editing apps in the app store, all very successful. We spoke with co-founder Itai Tsiddon…

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Ubiquitous photography

One of the most important announcement during Google latest release event has mainly passed under the radar or simply dismissed as a gadget. The Pixel Clip camera is a small device that can be attached anywhere and, using a simple A.I.,  continuously takes photos when it recognizes familiar faces. Perfect for busy parents who like to record everything but do not want to break the moment by picking up their phones to take a picture. But, beyond the convenience, Google just might have open the door to a new type of…

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Seeking ethics in visual tech

The Trolley Problem is a famous ethic thought-experiment.  Here how it goes: There is a Trolley barreling down the railroad tracks. Ahead, on the tracks, there are five people tied up and unable to move. The trolley is headed straight for them. You are standing some distance off in the train yard, next to a lever. If you pull this lever, the trolley will switch to a different set of tracks. However, you notice that there is one person on the side track. You have two…

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The iPhone X deep-dive – Why this phone will disrupt the mobile imaging ecosystem

Key takeaways: Apple has launched the iPhone X as a showcase for the direction in which the mobile and imaging industries could be heading; The iPhone X’s high price will limit its audience, but its features will trickle down in the coming years. At the same time, the developer ecosystem gets a head start on building new apps for consumers to create enticing content, which is often the bottleneck for the adoption of new technologies; The 3D revolution is now in full-swing; many of the…

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