TinEye is a reverse image search facility which allows you find where your images are being used across the internet. There's a firefox plugin available now so you can right click on an image and see where its being used. This should be of great interest to photographers who want to track usage of their images. I bought some stock photographs for my website www.VisiActive.com and I was able to find out where these images were used on other sites. The video shows more detail about this free product:
In the last 15 years photography has moved from an individual activity to
a global group activity, primarily because of the internet, low cost digital cameras and mobile phones.
So now that everyone can capture 1000's of photographs at every social activity
and instantly share them with the world, the problem is that we are drowning
in a sea of visual mediocrity . How can you see the really interesting images with all that noise?
Content Based Image Retrieval is one solution, and others include Semantic Retrieval (e.g. find pictures of dogs) and Query by Example (find images which are like this sample image). But there's no simple solution, and every day the mountain of new images grows exponentially, capturing every thought and every waking moment. A person could spend their whole lifetime just looking at all the images which were captured globally, on a single day.
Perhaps we are obsessed with documenting our lives and the world around us but only a fraction of it will ever be seen by anyone else. I think less is more: A single important photograph is infinitely better than a million blurry images of party nights, but then, who decides what's important?
Here's an idea, supposing everyone had an upload quota of 1 image per day. It would certainly make you think about what image to publish.
This section of the site contains a new monthly e-zine called "Altamira" which focuses on photography, video, art and short films. This is a temporary location until a new separate website for the e-zine is ready. This site will provide a facility for users to subscribe to the e-zine, but until then users should continue to visit here to get the monthly updated e-zine.
Photosynth is an amazing 3-D image stitching application from Microsoft. In this video Blaise Ageura y Arcas shows off the technology and it could utterly transform images on the net, providing image connection, panning and zooming. In essence it links images by their content, opening a new world of possibilities.
More of Joel Meyerowitz, photographer on how to find interesting photographs on the streets. This guy has been on the streets for 40 years and he shows some of his methods and his philosophy. He's got such great enthusiasm is makes you want to grab a camera and get right out there and start shooting life as it happens...