Tagged: Photography

Happiness in colors

A few months ago I had a great conversation with Daniela who is a Brazilian journalist at the Folha De Sao Paulo. Daniela was writing about our Multicolr lab – this is one of the Idée labs where you can search 10 million creative commons images using multi colours. You can select up to 10 colors for your search (go play, if you have never tried it, and please don’t blame me for the amount of time you will be spending there today!). Anyhoo…I remembered the conversation last night because of Garrett‘s comment below:

It is easy to forget how important color is in our world – this may seem strange coming out of the mouth of someone who has been wearing black (exclusively) for the past 2 decades but… color unifies us. My conversation with Daniela was not so much about how color searching works but more about how color breaks down all language barriers, we all have favorite colors, we all see and look at color differently and one thing is for sure: words are very poor color descriptors!



I am a big fan of Victor’s work. I have been following what he is doing with vi.sualize.us and I am impressed – I drop by once in a while and look at people’s favourite images as a bit of a voyeur; it is a great break when you are wanting for flights in dreadful airports.
I enjoy his design approach, his experiments with typefaces and how to display images on vi.sualize.us. I also appreciate how he prioritizes features and how he rolls them out; I am sure he gets oodles of requests and ideas. But what I appreciate most about his work (besides the fact that he is doing this in his spare time!) is how much of a perfectionists he is. Drop by if you have time – and if you don’t, make some time or I send the hound dogs!

Idée’s Multicolr Search Lab


The Multicolr Search Lab is a fantastic tool that does an excellent job of finding great images based on the colors you select.

Well, yes it is. Our multicolour search is actually quite unique. We of course have not invented colour search but we have done an amazing job of letting users select up to 10 colours to search for; we also spent a lot of time coming up with a clean yet awesome interface to display the search results and believe me when I say we are not doing simple histogram analysis for the colour search. It is Sunday evening so go on… go play and see for yourself.

The Big Picture: or photography is so not dead!


The Big Picture is a photo blog for the Boston Globe/boston.com, compiled semi-regularly by Alan Taylor. Inspired by publications like Life Magazine (of old), National Geographic, and online experiences like MSNBC.com’s Picture Stories galleries and Brian Storm’s MediaStorm, The Big Picture is intended to highlight high-quality, amazing imagery – with a focus on current events, lesser-known stories and, well, just about anything that comes across the wire that looks really interesting.

Well bravo Alan Taylor because you have done an amazing job!

Nothing But Blue Sky For New Photographers

Via Rob Haggard this morning a great piece about all the problems facing photographers written by Vincent Laforet. I met Vincent a couple of years ago at the Microsoft Photo Summit and have come to enjoy his work since. His piece for Sports Shooter is both depressing and invigorating at the same time (go figure!) and Vincent has hit the nail on the head:


The challenge is to find a way to continue to produce quality original content, and to connect with your audience – not to hold on to the old, traditional way of doing things. So while the cloud may be falling – there’s plenty of blue sky above – and the possibilities are endless. Good luck.

The audience is now in charge. Turn them into fans.

I enjoy Rob’s blog. One of his latest post "a thought on the future of photography" nails it. I have had so many conversations over the years with photographers and it strikes me still how many times I hear: "don’t put your images on flickr", "don’t show high resolution images online", "don’t display your images online as they will just be stolen". I can only find out about your work if it is out there. I can only hire you if I can see your work, I can only recommend you to the 1000 fans you need if you are out there. So be out there. Rob has of course a much nicer way of saying it. And don’t forget to read Kevin Kelly’s awesome 1000 fan blog post.

You’ve got to make your photos available online for free. Anything that can be distributed digitally must now be distributed for free to remain competitive. Not for commercial use and not without attribution but fans should be able to distribute your photography for free and view it big on your website without watermarks and other barriers. It’s not like you don’t already do this it’s just that there’s a lot of hand wringing going on about the ability of consumers to scrape your photos off your website. It’s not necessary because they’re the fans you want to sell prints, books, lectures, clinics and personal commissions to. You should encourage them to look at and help you distribute your photography so you can bring in more fans. Don’t forget that some of those people will be Art Buyers and Photo Directors.

Behind the scenes from a photographer’s point of view


John Harrington has a fantastic video and script up about coverage of how photographers work when they are covering a State of the Union Address. This is awesome. Kudos to John for taking the time to get this out.

One of the primary positions is the head on position; in addition there is a left position and a right position on either side of the chamber. There are also corner positions and a rear position known as the reversal position. Now in addition one of the very unique positions that’s been added in oh the last 5 or 10 years is the floor pool position.

I am not going to spoil things for you but there are great conversations about photographers, cameras, and  photographers editorial angles (what they were trying to aim for in the photographs shot). Nice work John. A big thank you!

The Future of Copyright


Cory Doctorow (Boing Boing) has a great little article in The Guardian titled "Copyright law should distinguish between commercial and cultural uses". This is something that I have been thinking about for quite some time. Since we are in the business of tracking images and videos, fair use and copyright infringements are daily conversations at Idée (in a good way, we are idealists after all!). I have to say that I agree with Cory and it is high time we started thinking about a copyright overhaul. What we have had in the past is simply a set of copyright rules that apply to everyone "from Sony Pictures to your neighbour’s eight-year-old" but the world has changed and then came the Internet.

"We need to stop shoe-horning cultural use into the little carve-outs in copyright, such as fair dealing and fair use. Instead we need to establish a new copyright regime that reflects the age-old normative consensus about what’s fair and what isn’t at the small-scale, hand-to-hand end of copying, display, performance and adaptation."

and there is a way for you to get involved and shape things.

(Cory’s photo by Bart Nagel)