Although facial recognition technology uses artificial intelligence, it’s not always very intelligent. The Government’s facial detection system recently rejected a perfectly appropriate passport photo of a young black man because it thought his mouth was open.
When I mention the most boring, uninspiring type of images, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Passport photos, of course. But Namibian-German visual artist Max Siedentopf found his inspiration in them and he managed to turn them the other way around. In his project Passport Photos, these images are anything but boring! They’re amusing, quirky and hilarious, and unlike the actual passport photos, they’ll put a big smile on your face.
I love seeing the wet plate experiments of Austrian photographer Markus Hofstätter. He’s so prolific with them that when he decides to do something interesting it ends up being very interesting. Lately, he’s been trying to apply wet plate techniques to types of photography you wouldn’t normally associate with the medium.
He has a couple of very cool projects on the go at the moment that he will tell us about in due time, but for now, check out these passport photos shot on wet plate using the Polaroid MiniPortrait 402 camera.
It’s funny, I was just thinking the other day that X-Rite should release a giant ColorChecker for drone photographers. And, well, they haven’t quite done that (yet). But what they have done is release a giant ColorChecker Video for aerial filmmakers. X-Rite has today announced the new ColorChecker Video XL. It’s like the ColorChecker Video, but bigger. Much bigger.
Well, this is a bit of an embarrassment. Taiwan’s new e-passports have been released, and then quickly recalled after a picture of Dulles Airport, near Washington D.C., was printed as the backdrop to one of its pages. Mashable believes that it may be the result of a Google Images search screw-up, which shows a photograph of Dulles Airport on a search for Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.
When it comes to getting consistent colour with your stills photography, regardless of the lighting conditions, camera model, or even brand, I can’t think of anything I’d rather have with me than the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport (CCP). It just works, pretty much flawlessly.
For video, though, it’s not quite as useful. So, when X-Rite announced that they had released two new products aimed specifically at video shooters, the ColorChecker Video and the ColorChecker Passport Video (CCPV), I had to check them out and see for myself.