Not quite there yet but O so much closer. Google has very quietly introduced a face recognition algorithm to their image search. No,no,no, it doesn’t recognize who is in a photograph yet. However what it does, it recognizes if there is a face in the photograph. Baby steps. Here is how it works. In Google Read More →

Just when you thought Microsoft wasn’t an innovator anymore and that Apple had the monopoly on cutting edge innovation, the Redmond based company is about to come out with the new digital light box. A coffee table size touch screen allows for multiple users to manipulate images as easily as prints on a table. Mounted Read More →

digital ducks

It is not because you know nothing about technology, and for some reason sound proud of it, that you should let your business be run by geeks. As much as they can be nice and helpful, geeks only know how to communicate with two entities: computers and other geeks. You are just an annoying, albeit Read More →

Filing in the blanks. Stock photographers fill in the empty spots of an agencies collection. I really want to know, who gets up one day and decides to become a professional stock photographer ? “my job”, I would assume they are thinking “will be to shoot for an archive”. Hopefully for them, they will be Read More →

It seems that these days, the main difference between a pro and and talented photographer is the quality of the keywording. Having no experience, and certainly no coaching from an agency, the amateur can find some relief and help in microstock sites. But if you look at the photo sharing sites and their tagging, you Read More →

There is something fascinating, even quite mesmerizing about this site, Flickervision. It¬† displays, using Google Map, every new image added to Flickr and where it was uploaded from. While I do not see any immediate¬† professional application for it, it could be an interesting marketing tool for an editorial photo agency looking to highlight the Read More →

web 2.0

I don’t understand. When images first started to appear on the internet way back in the 1990’s, photographers and agencies were up in arms about how web browser had to cache images in order to display them. It meant, and still does, that a copy of the images is downloaded into a computer, thus making Read More →

Not a bagel

One of the best kept secret of this industry is how agencies work in foreign markets. In the prints days, an agency would work with a sub agent in a specific country. Photographers would send process or unprocessed film and the agency would take it from there, paying for processing, editing, captioning and duping. The Read More →

The next generation of photo agencies, once the scene clears and mediocrity finally disappears, will be two fold. The fast, simple, lean self service agencies (think microstock and RF) and the full service companies that will extend their offering to much more than just licensing images. Already we see the trend emerging, as Corbis offers Read More →

2007 will be remembered as the year of the panic marketing. Misunderstanding the reasons for the success of microstock and fighting against an onslaught of new offerings, some photo agencies react by slashing prices, undercutting, resolving to a dump initiative. Reminiscent of the great depression of 1929, when the supply exceeded the demand, mostly because Read More →