There is no standard in photography captioning and metadata. That lossless group of taxonomist geeks who have been mismanaging the IPTC organization  have made a mess of the whole thing and its getting worse. Someone should get fired for good. Not only IPTC is not a standard, it is now being implemented properly by anyone. Read More →

“Copyright owners tend to focus on the aspect they see of piracy, which is the lost revenue. They therefore think what drives users to do it is the desire to get something for free. But iTunes shows that people will pay for stuff online, if you make it easy. A significant component of piracy is Read More →

You know it’s coming…you are just not sure what to do about it. A few weeks ago, Apple released the new version of their personal DAM called Iphoto. Besides being one of the worst photo organizing application, it came out bundled with a little gadget that allows  it to recognize faces and tag them accordingly. Read More →


Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /homepages/26/d188270135/htdocs/app189523649/wp-content/plugins/image-core/includes/crop.php on line 142

It’s all in the way you search. Stock photo agencies, now having reached a point where they are all pretty much offering the same content for the same prices, are desperately trying to make themselves relevant with different search engines. After all, Google’s success is made on search and not content, so why not stock Read More →


Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /homepages/26/d188270135/htdocs/app189523649/wp-content/plugins/image-core/includes/crop.php on line 142

– A useful blog. With some delay but with quite a bang, Photoshelter finally launches a very useful blog for its users and beyond. Full of tips, info, rules and dynamism, it could very well become a very helpful resources for stock photographers who take photography seriously. Does that mean they plan to close the Read More →


Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /homepages/26/d188270135/htdocs/app189523649/wp-content/plugins/image-core/includes/crop.php on line 142

We are getting there..slowly.  It is not an easy road, but we are getting closer.  In the last year or so, we have seen more and more image search companies come out and expose themselves. Even the even mightiest, and certainly the worst, Google Image is thinking about changing its algorithm. The holy grail is, Read More →

Sometimes it is good to step out in order to better look in. In this 25 minutes video, Peter Norvig, Director of Research at Google, goes over image search, segmentation and other challenges that face anyone that is trying to built a better search.  What is interesting in this is how he speaks over and Read More →


Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /homepages/26/d188270135/htdocs/app189523649/wp-content/plugins/image-core/includes/crop.php on line 142

Google is thinking about changing its Image search algorithm. Currently it has a convoluted way to return results. As you probably already know, its a basic “text” search which looks at the file name, “alt” comments and words around the image to declare an image a valid candidate to a search. Meaning that if you Read More →


Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /homepages/26/d188270135/htdocs/app189523649/wp-content/plugins/image-core/includes/crop.php on line 142

Image details: Pope Benedict XVI Celebrates Mass At Yankee Stadium served by picapp.com It is a blessing these days to see a company that grows by listening to its criticism. Ad supported licensing company Picapp has recently revamped its site and has made some good improvements.  First and foremost, you can decide if you want Read More →

I did not pick this image. I actually have no idea what it will be before I publish this entry. Why ? because it is a sort of semi “intelligent” algorithm in the background that will do it for me. A bit like Google ads scans a whole web page for keywords and post the Read More →