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How Google’s AI can eliminate the need to keyword photos

Here’s a video I made that points the way forward when it comes to indexing and searching our photography libraries:

Google has built some truly amazing object and scene recognition AI (artificial intelligence) into its Google Photos service. By comparison, the drudgery of manual keywording we currently have to do, not only after we import our photos into the software we use to manage them (Photos, Bridge, Lightroom, etc.), but also when we upload our photos to stock photography websites (for those of us who do that) is downright archaic. The artificial intelligence algorithms that Google uses on the photos uploaded to its service do all of that automatically. They index every photo and identify every object, scene, face, logo, etc., whatever you can think of, and they’re constantly being improved.

You don’t have to be a pro photographer to take advantage of this AI. Even your personal photographs become easily searchable once you upload them to Google Photos, without any manual keywording. Try it and you’ll be amazed, just like I was.

By the way, Google is not paying me to say this. I just love the work they did on their photos AI. Furthermore, I wrote a post critiquing their buggy desktop Backup and Sync software which uploads our photos to their platform.

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Say hello to my photography catalog

I’ve been working to keep my promise of sharing my photos in HD, and have been slowly but surely uploading photos to my photography website ever since. I also re-designed my photography catalog in a way that should make it easier to navigate and browse the content there.

I’ve even put feeds in place that will make it easy for you to keep up with every update to the catalog and to download whichever photos you like for personal use — just visit the catalog and scroll down to the bottom of the page, where you’ll find the list of feeds.

In the grander scheme of things

For the benefit of some of you who aren’t aware of this, I put together a short screencast that demonstrates how easy it is to set one of the photos from the catalog as your desktop background.

http://blip.tv/file/3130154
See this video on blip.tv

As I wrote before, one of the main reasons of uploading my photos in full HD (1920px on the wide side) was to allow my readers to use them as backgrounds on their computers without experiencing any loss in quality as the photos filled their screens. I am therefore carefully cropping each of my photos at an aspect ratio of 16×10, which will allow them to fit perfectly onto most widescreen displays, be they laptops or standalone monitors.

I will soon make it easier to order prints and arrange for the licensing of my photos as well. Stay tuned for that.

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