Google adds facial recognition to image search

Ars Technica is reporting that Google has quietly added basic facial recognition features to their image search. There is no user-interface for it yet and it can currently only be accessed by appending &imgType=face to an image search. Here's an example (I'm on page 2): John Watson

Still in the experimental stages, this would obviously be a killer feature to add to Picasa and Picasa Web Albums, Google's photo management application. It would be huge to be able to identify people in just a few photos in your collection and then be able to search for all photos with those same people. Riya.com has had something like this for a while with its "People" tab.

Google's addition of this feature is a shot across the bow of every other photo sharing service out there. I can only speculate that Flickr, Smug Mug, and other photo sharing services are working on similar features. They'd better be because this is the sort of thing that will make sorting through thousands of photos of people much easier than it has ever been before. I for one would love to be able to sort out pictures of just my kids, for example, in all of my untagged photos.

Photo news at a glance

I've just launched a photo news site addition to Photodoto: news.photodoto.com. It is a news aggregator (inspired by popurls) but with a focus exclusively on photography. News and information is updated frequently from 17 different sources to create a photography news "dashboard" that gives you an at-a-glance view of the world of photography.

70-hour exposure?

Airbrush (not a photo)Talk about a long exposure! I'm not sure I believe it but they say this is an airbrushed painting representing 70 hours of work---not a photograph. If it is genuine, I am at once amazed by his talent and amused that he didn't just pick up a camera. Is photography art? Is art imitating photography art? ;-)

Painting of Tica by Dru Blair

Improve Your Images

Most of us like our photographs, or we’d stop taking them. Yet often we will see someone else’s picture and stare in awe. “How did the photographer do that?” we may wonder. Often, the leap between that person’s work and our own seems vast.

Physician and photographer George Barr has posted a series of online essays that may help answer that question. “Taking Your Photography to the Next Level” provides details about a host of factors that combine to create impact--or lack of it--in an image.

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