We recently reported about Facebook’s captcha that requires your selfie if your account gets locked. Yesterday they announced a couple of new features, again focusing on the photos of your face. The new tools rely on facial recognition, and according to Facebook, they will “help people better manage their identity” on this social network.
At the end of 2016, Bellus3D announced taking a selfie game to a new level. They planned to do it with a 3D face scanning camera for mobile devices, which should enable users quick, high-quality and cheap 3D face scanning. At CES 2017, they demonstrated it. It’s the camera that makes extremely accurate 3D face models on a budget and in a matter of seconds. And as soon as this year, they are planning to make it available for the masses.
Wedding photographers, this the feature you’ve all been waiting for. The new cameras from Sony have a nifty feature that allows you to register a face and then tell the camera to look for a specific face and then try and find them in the frame and force focus on them.
This feature works by first shooting the persons you want to have priority with (say the bride and the groom), and then telling the camera to look for those faces. You can also set the priority in which the camera looks for each of the persons.
So you can, for example have the camera look for the bride, and if the bride is not found, to look for the groom, the mothers, fathers and so on, up to eight different face.
Gary Fong has a quick primer on how to set this on a Sony a6300, but I have done the same with my A7ii, and face registration is listed as a feature with many other new Sony mirrorless cameras which are becoming more popular with wedding photographers.