Use your shelter-in-place time to work on your photo collection – shore up your storage and backups, organize your photos, and create something! I’ll be doing a webinar this Friday, May 8 at 2pm EST on Facebook Live. The program is being hosted by Ripple Effects Images. You can find it on their facebook page.
There should be something in here for all photographers and people managing photo collections. I’ll provide some clear, actionable advice for improving your digital photography management.
Ripple Effects Images is the brainchild of National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths. The organization sends some of the best photographers and videographers out to report on the challenges facing women and children in the developing world. The images and videos are them made available for free to vetted nonprofit organizations. It’s a fabulous organization, doing great work.
I’ve been involved with Ripple for a while, and now as a member of their Board of Advisors. I’m thrilled to play a part in their important work. Here’s a video of Annie speaking to Adobe Max a few years ago, which should provide a little inspiration for our troubled times.
Also note that we have extended our shelter-in-place 50% off sale for all my books for another two weeks.
Anna Dickson and I have, once again, made a proposal for SXSW. This time it’s called the Machine Learning Bake-off. In this presentation we’ll do some real-world comparisons of Machine Learning services for analyzing photos. We will test services and present findings on the good, the bad and the ugly.
Here’s the proposal, including the link to vote.
And here’s the proposal info.
Machine Learning Bake-off
Is ML the solution for making sense of vast collections of images? In demo form, it looks amazing. But does it really provide actionable information for you, or does it junk up your tags with a lot of low value (and wrong) information? Time for a taste test! In this presentation, you’ll see the results of real world testing from leading services – Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Clarifai. Our test set includes a wide variety of images representing multiple industries and tagging challenges. We’ll show you where each ML shines, and where each misfires, and how the serviuces have evolved. Armed with our evidence and conclusions, you can decide if it’s delicious, or not yet ready to eat. As a bonus, we’ll show you how to easily run your own test on tens of thousands of images for under $200.
• Get a solid idea of the info that Machine Learning can currently add to image collections. Understand what it’s good and bad for.
• Get a handle on the differences between ML services and how each can help you. Get a better idea of how to evaluate your options.
• There is no substitute for some real-world testing on your own material – at scale – if you want to determine the value of a service. Here’s how.
These notes are prepared for the attendees of my talk at Henry Stewart DAM Europe summer 2019. In this talk I show how you can use Lightroom and the Anyvision plugin to run a collection of images through a Machine Learning tagging service (Google Cloud Vision) and evaluate whether the tags may be of use for your collection and your users.
If you don’t already have it, you’ll need to get Adobe Lightroom Classic (or one of the previous version of Lightroom 5.7 or later. This comes with an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription. There is also a “photographer’s plan” which is £9.98/month in the UK that gives you Lightroom and Photoshop. Here’s a link: https://www.adobe.com/uk/creativecloud/photography.html
The plugin is licensed on a “pay what you think is fair” model. It’s a very nice piece of work. If you’re using it for a corporate collection, $30 or $40 seems fair.
Prior to testing, you need to make sure you have Lightroom Classic or other compatible version of Lightroom, download the plugin, and install.
Create a sample collection of at least a few thousand images to test with. I suggest a broad range of subject matter and sources.
Add these images to a Lightroom catalog dedicated to the test
If you want to test ML tags only, strip all other info first
Close the catalog and make a duplicat of the entire catalog. This will be useful in later testingNow let’s run the first test to see the entire universe of tags that Google might assign.
Select all images and run Plugins>Anyvision>Analyze
Set per screenshot below:Some notes on the settings:
I have set all threshold to 0 to get the largest number of tags. In all likelihood, we’re going to want to set these to a higher number like 75. (With the exception of Landmarks, which seem to include very few false positives).
I have this set to write and OCRd text to the Headline field, which is often empty. You could also write it to the Caption (also known as Description) field. Caption is a more broadly accessible field.
I have included the scores, which will only show up in the Anyvision panel in Lightroom’s metadata panel.
I have checked the box to have Anyvision make letter-based subgroups of returned results to help keep the tags visually organized in the keywords panel.
I’ve also asked it to add GPS data whenever it recognizes a landmark.
I’ve checked the Reanalyze box, although this is only of use when running these images through a second time for comparison purposes.
I only run the translation on the OCR text, but it you have need to make the keywords available in multiple languages, you could do that here.
Making multiple catalog
Once you’ve run the images through Anyvision, you can repeat the process at different confidence levels to see what level is optimal for your own collection and metadata usage. I did that by running it at 0, 50, 75 and 90. To run again, here’s what I suggest:
Take the duplicate catalog made above, and duplicate it again.
Rename the catalog for the confidence level which you would like to run the process.
On the mobile web, images serve a greater purpose than simple visual description. Rich media images are increasingly used to connect people, events, institutions, ideas, advocacy and commerce. As we move into a new era of visual communication, this trend is accelerating. While the use of connected images blossomed on social media services, it reaches far beyond walled gardens into API-based interchange on the open web. Machine learning and linked data are creating new methods to make connections, and the Data Transfer Project is opening up access to the underlying graph for portability and innovation. In this presentation, we will explore the current state of visual media connectivity, what it can do for you, how to enhance your own image connectivity, and how to avoid costly mistakes.
Last fall, I did a presentation at B&H on using your camera as a scanner, based on my book Digitizing Your Photos. The webinar proved a pretty detailed overview of the camera scanning process for prints, slides and negatives. For those unfamiliar with the process, or for people who have been struggling to get high quality scans, there is a lot of good information in here.
I’ve got a number of appearances scheduled for the coming months. Here’s a list, followed by a link to an interview I did with Photofocus.
APPO Raleigh, NC March 21-24
I’ll be giving a general session at the Association of Professional Photo Organizers on the use of Artificial Intelligence in asset management, as well as a breakout session on using your camera as a scanner.
APPO is an organization for people who help (mostly) private individuals scan, tag, preserve and make use of their photographic legacies. More info here.
Palm Springs Photo Festival
I’m thrilled to be headed back to Palm Springs for the 2018 festival. I’ll be doing two programs. The first is Wednesday, May 9th program on scanning with your camera and the second is What’s new in DAM program on May 10th. More Info here.
Maine Media Workshops
I’ll be giving a week-long workshop on managing your mage collection with Lightroom the week of June 10th. I’ve never taught here, but I’m really excited to give it a whirl. I know a number of people who have had life-changing experiences at the workshop.More info here.
Available now! – Web Interview on PhotoFocus
I had a really enjoyable hour speaking with Rich Harrington, Tim Grey and Kevin Ames about getting organized. The interview has been archived and you can find it here.
I’ve got two presentations scheduled for October. The first is a free two hour seminar on scanning with a digital camera at the Click! Photo festival in Durham, NC. It takes place 10am-noon Oct 6. Here’s a link.
And I’ll be in New York at PhotoPlus, doing a tag-team presentation with Katrin Eismann called Preserving Your Photographic History. I’ll show how to scan with a digital camera, and then Katrin will demonstrate reparations and restoration techniques from her revised book on retouching. Here’s a link for that.
Our Movie of the week this week is a long one. I had the pleasure of chatting with my old friend Frederick Van a couple weeks ago. We talked about photography, workflow and my new book on scanning photo collections. The video podcast is embedded below.
I’ll be presenting material from my book on scanning photos with a digital camera. In the webinar we’ll cover:
The camera scanning advantage
Hardware setups for scanning prints, slides and negatives
How to ensure top quality
Using Lightroom for camera scans
Tagging your images
Publishing and sharing your scans
When: Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 1:00p – 3:00p Skill Level: Basic, Intermediate, Advanced – Everyone will get something out of it Location: B&H Event Space Address: Second Floor of B&H NYC SuperStore at 420 9th Avenue, New York NY 10001
I’m happy to be back in the ASMP fold, doing a webinar next week on digitizing photo collections. Of course this will be based on our new book, Digitizing Your Photos, but with a special emphasis on the relevance to professional photographers.
I’ll be demonstrating how camera scanning can allow for large-scale conversion of film and print originals to digital images, which is important for those of us who have large film archives. I’ve digitized more than 50,000 of my own images, and continue to add new images.
I’ll also be touching on business models that photographers can consider for new services for their clients. There are a lot of companies and institutions that have large collections of physical photos. I’ve been able to help some of my clients with the process, as part of my professional services. I’ll discuss some business models for adding these services.